IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGUARDING STORMWATER BILLING
Important information concerning your Quarterly Stormwater bill. As of July 2014, your account has been changed to bill semi-annually. The current billing period is for the months of July 2016 to Dec 2016 and will be mailed out Dec 30, 2016, which will be due by January 15, 2017. If you have purchased the property after July 2016 this bill reflects the amount owed after the purchased date.
Annual Stormwater bills will be mailed out October 1, 2016. The billing period is from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 and is due by October 15, 2016. If you have purchased the property after October 1, 2015 this bill reflects the amount owed after the purchased date.
If you have any questions regarding your stormwater bill, please contact us at (706) 855-RAIN (7246).
Customer Service Representative
To pay your Stormwater bill click here.
Why am I being charged a stormwater fee?
Almost every property discharges some stormwater into the public drainage systems, even if it is not noticeable to you. Properly controlling that stormwater runoff is a very real service to you and other property owners. The County's program will capture and control stormwater runoff so properties like yours are not flooded or otherwise impacted by runoff from other properties.
How is the Service Fee Calculated?
Impervious area (e.g., rooftops and paving) is the single most important factor influencing stormwater runoff. Urban and suburban development replaces natural ground surfaces with impervious surfaces, causing more stormwater to run off the land, rather than soak into the soil. Columbia County's stormwater service fee is based on the amount of impervious area on each property. Each 100 square feet of impervious area is billed $0.1775 per month.
To read more information on the stormwater fee click here.
Who is the Service Fee billed to?
All properties within the service area are billed to the owner of the property and is based on the impervious surface located on the property as reported by the Tax Assessor's Office. The stormwater service fee is billed on your monthly water and sewer bill. People who do not receive water and sewer services from the County, but own property in the stormwater service area with impervious surface, will receive a "stormwater only" bill. No developed properties will be exempt from the stormwater service charge, regardless of their ownership or tax status.
For other stormwater questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).