The City Council investigated the establishment of a rate for a Municipal Drainage Utility System (MDUS) beginning in 2006. Current legislation allows a City to collect a fee to address drainage related issues in the community including localized flooding, emergency operations, and the cost of providing infrastructure and facilities that permit the safe drainage of storm water. Chapter 552.041 of the Texas Local Government Code provides strict guidlelines on determining a rate that must be equitable, fair and reasonable among all customer classes.
Ordinance and Fees
On October 8, 2009 the council introduced an ordinance to create the Utility System and on August 12, 2010 set a rate calculated as $2.00 for each ERU (equivalent residential unit) or 2,500 sq ft of impervious area. Based on a study conducted by Halff and Associates, the median single family residential property in Taylor has been determined to have approximately 2,500 square feet of impervious area or 1 ERU. Residential property is considered 1 ERU and residents are assessed $2.00 per month on their utility bill. Council did not approve any exemptions at the August 12, 2010 meeting.
Non residential property fees are based on total impervious area divided by 2,500 square feet to determine the number of ERU's or billing units. For example, if a non residential property has 5,000 square feet of impervious area their monthly fee would be $4.00 or $2.00 for each ERU. The fee became effective on January 1, 2011.