Background on Stormwater fee
The City of Corpus Christi began funding stormwater via the water rate in 1989. The EPA issued the first National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit to the city in 1995. A separate fund to support stormwater was established in 2008. Today, the Stormwater fee is paid for out of customer’s water charges. To create a more equitable rate and follow best practices, the city is exploring the option to develop a new stormwater fee structure.
Objectives of a new stormwater fee structure
- Remove stormwater from the water rate
- Create a fair and equitable fee structure for stormwater, reflecting drainage or runoff
- Create a stable revenue stream
- Involve stakeholders to build understanding and acceptance
Workgroup Members & Organization*
A group of community members was brought together to provide feedback on the development of a new stormwater fee structure. The City of Corpus Christi is grateful to all of these individuals and their organizations for volunteering their time and sharing their valuable input.
- Alex Young, HEB
- Brenton Bausch, STX Beef LLC
- Chip Urban, Urban Engineering
- Curtis Clark, IBC Bank
- David Loeb, Landlord Resources
- Eloy Salazar, Salazar Investments
- Eric Villarreal, LNV, Inc.
- Ernest Garza, Ernest R. Garza & Company P.C.
- Fady Shaheen, APEX Homes
- JJ Hart, Entrepreneur
- John Dibala, Corpus Christi Independent School District
- Leah Olivarri, Olivarri and Associates
- Margaret Dechant, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
- Orlando Zepeda, Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi
- Oscar Martinez, ARG Holdings
- Randy Curtis, Calallen Independent School District
- Reagan Brown, Peterson Development Company
- Robert Swize, Gulf Compress- Storage and Distribution Solutions
- Roshna Bakhta, Greater Corpus Christi Hospitality Association
- Trey Summers, Hogan Homes
- Wendy Herman, Coastal Bend Home Builders Association
- William Goldston, American Council of Engineering Companies
*Names are in alphabetical order by first name
FAQs on the stormwater fee creation
- What is stormwater?
Stormwater is rainwater that does not soak into the ground. It flows over roofs, pavement, bare soil and lawns into storm drains or bodies of water. It picks up soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil, litter and other pollutants. A stormwater system manages the flow of rainfall.
- What are the components of a stormwater system?
A stormwater system consists of channels, ditches, stormwater mains, pipes, pump stations, streets, inlets and inlet baskets.
- What does a complete stormwater maintenance program include?
• Channel and ditch maintenance
• Stormwater main and inlet cleaning
• Pump station operation and maintenance
• Inlet basket cleaning
• Street sweeping
• Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit compliance
• Water quality
• Stormwater infrastructure repair and replacement
• Flood control
- Why does the City of Corpus Christi need a new stormwater fee structure?
Our goal is to remove stormwater costs from the water rate. This new fee structure will create a fair and equitable way to assess drainage and create a stable revenue stream. A workgroup of community leaders was involved in the process providing input on the new fee structure. Public meetings for feedback were also held to engage the entire community.