Proposed Stormwater Fee Increase

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What's Happening?

In late February 2022, the District will send mail ballots to the owners of all properties in the District that pay the stormwater fee. The District cannot approve a stormwater rate increase on its own. Only Vallejo property owners can do that. The ballot asks voters - yes or no - whether to increase the stormwater fee annually over the next five years.  Ballots are due back to the District before 5:00pm on April 7, 2022.

Vallejo was pummeled by heavy rains in October and December 2021. Fortunately for us, storms like that are rare in Vallejo. But we do experience heavy rains that close streets and threaten life and property now and again. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about 6,262 Vallejo residents live in low-lying flood-prone areas. The commercial areas along Sonoma Blvd./Highway 29 and near White Slough are also in high-risk areas. The total property value of flood-prone buildings and their content are valued at more than $1 billion. 

The stormwater system we have in place prevented hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage and residents stayed safe this October and December. But significant flood damage did occur in a number of areas, and these incidents highlight the urgent need to accelerate repairs and maintenance for the system. 

Property owners have the option to vote yes or no to raise the fee that pays for maintenance of the flood protection system that protected the city during these storms. Most residents have paid the same low rate — just $1.97 per month — since 1997. 

Wear and tear on this system is mounting and the District has reached the end of its ability to pay for maintenance out of its reserves. If Vallejo property owners approve the proposed structure, the typical residential rate will gradually rise from $1.97 per property per month to $4.50 per month by 2026. Commercial rates will also rise by a similar percentage. 

This fee increase, if approved by property owners, will help us keep Austin Creek and other channels from clogging up with weeds and trash. Floodwaters can then move quickly out of the city to the Mare Island Strait. We will also install additional trash removal devices and replace stormwater pipes that run under city streets. 

To learn more about the proposal, resources are available on this webpage under the section called "More Information."  You can also email us your questions or concerns, or call 707.644.8949.