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Stormwater Capital Rate Vote

In 2016, area voters approved Proposition S, which resolved the issue of inequitable stormwater sewer operations and maintenance funding throughout MSD's service area. While this Proposition S was a significant step in improving stormwater services, it does not provide an ongoing funding source for addressing future capital improvements, specifically for erosion and flooding problems.

MSD is submitting to its independent Rate Commission a proposal for a Stormwater Capital Rate that will generate revenues of $30 million annually to address localized flooding and erosion problems that are currently unfunded. The charge will be based upon the amount of impervious surface area -- such as concrete, blacktop, the footprint of the home (surfaces that do not absorb rainwater) -- each property has within MSD's service area.

The proposed rate was determined based on the recommended Stormwater Capital Improvement Program divided by the amount of impervious surface within MDS's service area. For the average single-family homeowner the annual charge will be $27 per year or $2.25 per month. All public and private property within MSD’s service area, including properties owned by governmental or nonprofit entities and those not receiving MSD wastewater services, would be subject to the Stormwater Capital Rate, if approved. Levee Districts currently in contractual agreements with MSD would be exempt, as these entities already provide stormwater services for their residents.  All creeks and streams would remain privately owned; local municipalities would retain floodplain management responsibilities. On April 2, 2019, voter approval of the new Proposition S (a simple majority of 51%) is required for the rate to go into effect.

MSD has identified approximately 500 stormwater issues throughout its service area that are categorized as flooding and erosion. At a projected price tag of $562M, the proposed funding would address currently identified localized flooding and erosion issues in approximately 30 years. If approved, the Stormwater Capital Rate would fund property buyouts, rainscaping, natural creek bank stabilization, the installation of stormwater drainage systems, and similar types of stormwater capital improvements. The Stormwater Capital Improvement Program is not a solution for large-scale flooding that our area has historically seen along major rivers, such as the recent flooding of the Meramec River in 2015 and 2017.

Below are additional resources related to the Proposition S Stormwater Capital Rate vote.

Videos - MSD Video Playlist

  • Video:   Lance LeComb, MSD Spokesperson, talks about the work that is being done under MSD's Proposition S (passed in 2016), and the Stormwater Capital Rate proposal which will address localized flooding and erosion.
  • Video:   Lance LeComb, MSD Spokesperson, talks about the Stormwater Capital Rate proposal and what it could mean for MSD customers in the near future.
  • Video:   Lance LeComb, MSD Spokesperson, explains how the new Stormwater Capital Rate proposal intends to help address erosion and localized flooding issues.

Public hearings were held for the community to offer feedback on the Stormwater Capital Rate Proposal. Those who are not able to attend the public hearings, may use the link below to view the live streaming meeting held on May 30, 2018. 

Public Hearings and Streaming Meeting Schedule
Date LocationAddressTime (CST)
May 8, 2018Sunset Hills Community Center3915 S. Lindbergh
St. Louis, MO 63127
6:00 PM
May 15, 2018City of Bridgeton Recreation Center4201 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
6:00 PM
May 17, 2018Manchester Parks, Recreation and Arts Center359 Old Meramec Station Road
Ballwin, MO 63021
6:00 PM
May 22, 2018Maryland Heights Community Center2300 McKelvey Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
6:00 PM
May 30, 2018Streaming Meeting

View a video of the streaming meeting:

1:00 PM
June 6, 2018

Forest Park Visitor Center

(Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center)

5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
6:00 PM
 June 29, 2018 Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District2350 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
9:00 AM