Downers Grove hosting stormwater cost-saving seminar for businesses, nonprofits

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE — The village is hosting a seminar in April on Downers Grove's new stormwater utility fee.

The seminar, which is part of an ongoing effort to educate property owners on the new fee program, is geared specifically toward business and nonprofits.

The workshop is scheduled April 3 at the Lincoln Center auditorium, 935 Maple Ave.

The village introduced the program this year as a way to directly fund stormwater sewer projects. It works much like the village's water system — revenues earned from bimonthly bills will be set aside and only used sewer projects.

The village offset the new fee, which went into effect January and was first seen with the March billing cycle, with a reduction in property taxes.

The fee is calculated based on the amount of impervious area — such as a driveway, roof or patio — on each lot. Most single-family households in the village are paying between $6 and $13 a month. But businesses and nonprofits, especially those with a large building and parking lot, could end up paying several hundred dollars per month.

The village offers ongoing credits and one-time incentives for steps to reduce stormwater runoff. For instance, installing a rain garden earns a $250 rebate. Ongoing credits, meanwhile — like a detention basis or cistern or even providing land and facilities to the village — can reduce up to 100 percent of the monthly costs.

Starting at 9 a.m., village staff will discuss the stormwater utility credit program, Engineering Resource Associates will discuss ways business can qualify for credits, and representatives from The Conservation Foundation will speak about strategies for stormwater management and water conservation.

Before presentations begin, vendors will set up at 8:30 a.m. to showcase products and services related to the stormwater utility credit program. Vendor displays will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

For more information, go to the village's website, www.downers.us.

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