Next Steps for Stormwater Services
Through an election on April 5, 2016, 62% of voters in MSD’s service area approved Proposition S. The approval of Proposition S puts all MSD customers under the same property tax rates to pay for stormwater service. In turn, all MSD customers will receive the same level of stormwater service. This process will occur gradually throughout MSD’s fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017).
Prior to July 1, 2016, MSD’s stormwater services were paid for through a variety of property taxes and a flat stormwater fee on each month's MSD bill. The amount of property taxes paid by an individual customer – and the stormwater service received – was dependent on where a customer lived. Thus, not all customers paid the same rates and, not all customers received the same level of stormwater service.
Proposition S allows MSD to rollback and eliminate several existing taxes; eliminate the stormwater fee; and, in lieu of these funding mechanisms, institute or leave in place two taxing districts that cover MSD’s entire service area.
The overriding benefit of Proposition S is that customers will be treated equally under the new system. This means that all customers are subject to the same tax rates and all customers receive the same level of stormwater services.
With the approval of Proposition S and the implementation of a new funding structure for stormwater services, MSD will has “fund balances” left over from the former taxing and fee system. These fund balances allow for a finite and limited four-year stormwater capital program of $67 million, starting in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017).
However, this limited and set amount of money barely begins to address the overall need for stormwater projects throughout MSD’s service area and MSD is seeking public input on if additional funding for stormwater projects should be secured. Specifically, MSD has identified approximately $500 million in erosion and flooding issues throughout its service area. If the public believes covering these issues under MSD’s duties as a stormwater utility is an appropriate expansion of services, MSD officials are also seeing input on an appropriate funding system.
Information gathered from the public in 2017 will be used to develop a rate proposal for stormwater funding that will be presented to MSD’s Rate Commission in 2018. If the Rate Commission approves this expansion of services and the corresponding funding, a ballot initiative would be presented to area votes in 2019.
Public meetings are scheduled for:
• Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., YMCA O'Fallon Park Rec Complex, 4343 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115.
• Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Hazelwood Community Center, 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042.
• Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., YMCA Carondelet Park Rec Complex, 930 Holly Hills Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111.
• Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105.
• Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Washington Middle School, 5165 Ambs Road, St. Louis, MO 63128.
•Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MSD Administrative Offices, 2350 Market Street, Room 109, St. Louis, MO 63103.
•Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, #1 Ballwin Commons Circle, Ballwin, MO 63021.
Please plan to attend and share your opinions. Any proposed solution is subject to future review by the Rate Commission, approval by the Board of Trustees, and a vote of MSD customers.
Click here to view a video of the Next Steps for Stormwater Services meeting presentation by Brian Hoelscher, MSD’s CEO and Executive Director, and Lance LeComb, MSD’s Manager of Public Information and Spokesperson.: https://youtu.be/89XIDN85PrI
Click here for a .pdf of the Next Steps for Stormwater Services meeting presentation: Next Steps for Stormwater Public Meetings Presentation
For questions, comments, or speaker requests: Contact Lance LeComb, firstname.lastname@example.org, (314) 768-6237.