Funding for stormwater investments that ensure we remain safe and keep our economy strong.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2023 city budget includes a proposed Stormwater Compliance Fee. The purpose of the fee is to pay for stormwater related activities, which are part of State and Federal environmental protection requirements. These unfunded mandates require municipalities to implement best management practices to reduce stormwater pollution to the maximum extent practicable. To remain in compliance with these mandates, the proposed Stormwater Compliance Fee will fund pollution prevention measures, community education, drainage system operations and maintenance, and other activities to control the quality of water discharged to the City’s storm drains and waterways.

Strengthening the city's financial position for an uncertain future

Sugar Land is a leader in financial management, providing taxpayers with exceptional value, confidence and transparency. Our residents continue to show increased satisfaction with the value for tax dollars they receive - well above state and national averages - according to our 2020 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.

Strong leadership and strategic financial planning has lessened the impact of economic swings associated with sales tax - a major revenue stream for the city, and one that is highly volatile and difficult to forecast. To stay relevant and preserve the quality of life for current and future residents, strategic outcomes identified by City Council identify a vision for future success.

The goal is to be financially sustainable and sound in the long term, and we strive to implement any necessary increases in a planned, methodical manner. The proposed Stormwater Compliance Fee provides a more equitable funding tool that is transparent, consistent and equitable.

More on the proposed Stormwater Compliance Fee:

  • More than 100 Texas cities use such a fee to fund citizen priorities. Thirty-two of the 40 cities with populations greater than 100,000 have storm water fees.
  • The fee is proposed to be implemented during fiscal year 2023 after extensive community education and outreach as well as discussion with City Council.
  • City drainage charges are assessed on utility bills and pay for solutions to flooding, erosion and water pollution.
  • The Stormwater Compliance Fee amount has not been determined as there are a variety of factors that will influence the amount each user is charged.              

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