How do nearby municipalities handle stormwater charges?
The City of Moline uses three brackets for residential rates based on lot size. The brackets include less than ¼ acre, between ¼ and ½ acre, and between ½ acre and 2 acres with incrementally increasing rates for each bracket. Rates for commercial and industrial properties are calculated by factoring impervious and non-impervious areas.

The City of Rock Island calculates rates from measurements taken from aerial photography. All residential customer charges are based on parcel size and are split into three tiers. All other properties were based on impervious area. Davenport and Bettendorf also use an ERU system (Davenport = Equivalent Residential Unit, Bettendorf = Equivalent Runoff Unit) and have measured the amount of impervious area for multi-family residential and non-residential properties. If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department.

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1. Why does stormwater have to be managed?
2. What is a stormwater utility?
3. Why is the stormwater utility fee needed?
4. Who pays the stormwater utility fee? Why should churches, schools, and other non-profit organizations be charged a stormwater fee?
5. Under the new Stormwater Rate structure, how are properties with multiple renters handled?
6. What are the current stormwater utility rates?
7. How much will my rates increase?
8. Why a rate increase is required?
9. Can we delay the rate increase?
10. Can we implement a smaller rate increase?
11. Why are the new capital improvements required?
12. How do nearby municipalities handle stormwater charges?
13. How does a fee differ from a tax?
14. None of my water goes into the storm drains; why do I have to pay a stormwater utility fee?
15. What can nonresidential customers do if they think their bill may be calculated incorrectly?
16. I live on the edge of the city and water on my property drains away from streets and public drainage structures; why do I have to pay this fee?