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A stormwater utility is a special assessment set up to generate funding specifically for stormwater management. Businesses and residents within the City of Moline pay a stormwater fee, and the revenue collected directly supports maintenance of the existing storm drain systems, development of drainage plans, flood control measures, water quality programs, and funds major capital expenses. In order to meet new, federally-mandated regulations for discharging stormwater and pay for the associated storm sewer-related infrastructure costs, the City of Moline has chosen to implement a stormwater fee rather than raise property taxes or cut services. Moline residents that have stormwater and/or sanitary sewer issues, please call the Stormwater Hotline at 309.524.2300 Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm; after 3:30 pm and weekends, call 309.524.2300.
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For more information, visit the Stormwater webpage.
User equity – Fees are more proportional and give users more control over the amount charged. With fees, larger users pay more, and smaller users pay less. Users can also reduce the amount of the fee by taking steps to manage runoff. Property retaining 100% of their runoff can qualify for a 100% reduction in their fee. Also, properties, that drain 100% to a river or are 100% vacant may also qualify for a reduction in fee.
Dedicated funding – Fee revenue is segregated meaning the funds can only be used for the specific purpose for which they are collected. For example, stormwater fees can only be used for stormwater related costs. In contrast, tax revenues are available for almost any use, and competition for tax dollars have historically resulted in little, if any, funding for stormwater-related items.
Tax exempt property – Many properties in Moline such as property owned by the City, County, School District, Black Hawk College, and churches are granted tax exempt status. Many of these tax exempt properties have large amounts of impervious area. Assessing a Utility Fee on tax exempt properties ensures that all properties are assessed fairly based on their amount of runoff and does not create a system where the taxable properties subsidize the non-taxable properties.
Dumping leaves and grass clippings in a pile is often confused with the composting process, where organic lawn waste is actively managed and monitored to accelerate the break down of the waste into a useful end product. Dumped lawn waste, although biodegradeable, smothers existing vegetation and does not decompose. Unless you are turning, watering and checking the temperature of the pile, you are not composting.
The City encourages residents to properly compost waste or take advantage of yard waste programs in place. Residents can rake leaves to the curb (but not into the street or gutter which obstructs flow) for vacuuming or bag lawn waste. Leaves may be vacuumed from the roadside from October 17 - December 9th, although sticks are not allowed. Residents may bag yard waste, place a $2.00 City sticker on it and have it taken on their regular trash pickup day from April 4th - December 16th. The City will even pick up your paper yard waste bags without a sticker from October 17th - December 16th. Contact the Municipal Services Division at 309.524.2400 for more information. Branches may be set out with your regular trash pick up but they must be bundled in 4’ lengths and cannot be more than 1 foot in diameter. Special waste pickups are also available for large branches and other material for $140. Information about disposal of a wide range of material is available on our Municipal Services page.
Overland flow or runoff that travels naturally across one property to another is considered part of the storm sewer system and must be maintained to ensure proper drainage in the City. If stormwater drainage patterns are altered, the flow must be allowed to run its natural course without restricting or increasing flow. Changes to drainage patterns must be permitted and approved by the City Engineer prior to any land disturbance.
Maintain ravines, ditches and other drainageways to allow flow. Landscaping, sheds and other structures can change intended flow patterns in your neighborhood so check with the City to see if there may be a drainage easement in your yard.
Do not litter. Even the smallest cigarette butt contributes to blocked pipes, flooding and degraded water quality. All the trash and debris in our streets flows to the storm sewer and eventually to the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. If you wouldn’t throw that lunch sack into the river, don’t throw it in the street or storm drain.
Manage your runoff. Use rain barrels, plantings or rock basins to contain your gutter and sump flow so it soaks into the ground instead of flowing overland and onto your neighbors. This can prevent erosion and reduce the impact your property has on the City storm sewer.
Take your leftover paint, used oil, and cleaning products to the appropriate household hazardous waste collection center for proper disposal. Never, never dump these items into the storm system. Stormwater goes untreated directly into our rivers. View the Earth 911 website, put in the item you need to dispose of and your zip code for disposal locations near you.