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Know before you scroll:

  1. Each municipality makes its own rules, so not all have a stormwater utility and not all offer a stormwater utility credit.
  2. Not every municipality is involved with the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group.
  3. Stormwater utility fees are based on the amount of hard surface (roof, driveway, parking lot, etc.) area on a property. Hard surface area is measured by Equivalent Runoff Unit (ERU).
  4. Each municipality decides its own cost per ERU. Fees are used to make improvements mandated by the federal Clean Water Bill.


City of La Crosse

In The City of La Crosse, water from the storm system drains directly to the La Crosse River, Lower Black River, La Crosse Marsh, and Mississippi River.

Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Fee. Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Credit.

  • Fees for a residential property are $13.48 each quarter (a flat fee for all).
    • Residential property is defined as property with three or fewer units—single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and twindos
  • Fees for a non-residential property are a little trickier. They are calculated based on actual hard surface (in square feet) divided by 2,841 (the average residential hard surface area), then multiplied by $13.48 per quarter.
    • Non-residential properties include condominiums and apartment buildings with four or more dwelling units. Also parking lots, and all properties zoned or used for commercial, industrial, institutional or governmental purposes.
  • All property owners can reduce their fee up to 80%.

Why a fee? And where does it go?

The City chose to create a Stormwater Utility as a means to equitably charge for the mandated improvements. Since stormwater utilities are funded by user fees, all properties within the service area, including tax-exempt and non-profits, are charged based on the runoff each property produces. This spreads the burden of paying for these new costs to all users rather than being paid for entirely by the taxpayers of La Crosse.

I have questions. Who can help?

La Crosse Utilities Office 608-789-7536

City of La Crosse Boundary Map

Containment of illicit discharge on Pammel Creek, near Mormon Coulee Road.

City of Onalaska

In Onalaska, water from the storm system drains directly to the La Crosse River, Lower Black River, Lake Onalaska, or Mississippi River.

Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Fee. For some, there is a Stormwater Utility Credit.

  • Fees for a residential property are $14.90 each quarter (a flat fee for all).
    • Residential property is defined as property with two or fewer units—single family homes, duplexes, and twindos.
  • Fees for a non-residential property are a little trickier. They are calculated by: actual hard surface area /3,888 (average hard surface area) * $59.63.
    • Non-residential properties include commercial, institutional, manufacturing, tax-exempt, mobile home parks, and multi-family dwellings with three or more units.
  • Residential properties are not eligible for a fee reduction. Non-residential property owners can reduce their fee by 50%

Why a fee? And where does it go?

The City of Onalaska currently owns and maintains over 87 miles of streets, 54 miles of storm sewer, over 2,500 drainage structures such as inlets and manholes, 7 wet detention basins and 15 dry detention basins. Much of the existing drainage system is over 30 years old and in need of repair. They clean and maintain ditches, detention basins, storm sewers, catch basins, manholes and streambanks. On top of that, they do street sweeping and leaf collection. On top of that, they construct and maintain stormwater treatment, detention, and conveyance facilities. And on top of that, they develop programs and practices to help educate the community.

I have questions. Who can help?

Kevin Schubert, Assistant City Engineer

City of Onalaska Boundary Map

Lake Onalaska looking Northwest towards the airport lights.

Village of Holmen

In Holmen, water from the storm system  discharges either to local streams, such as Halfway Creek, or to detention and retention basins.

  • Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Fee. Residential properties are charged a flat fee of $12.25 each quarter. Fees for a non-residential property are a little trickier. The fees for commercial, governmental and institutional properties are based on hard surface area. Fees for multi-family properties are based on their number of dwelling units.
  • For some, there is a Stormwater Utility Credit. Residential properties are not eligible for a fee reduction. However, non-residential property owners with over 10 ERU’s, can reduce their fee by 50%. An application process that includes an engineer’s assessment is required and the Village Board considers the applications for approval, yearly, at the July meeting.

Why a fee? And where does it go?

All fees charged by Holmen’s Stormwater Utility must be spent on stormwater-related activities within the Village. The money will be used to pay for; street sweeping labor, equipment & fuel, storm sewer system repairs & maintenance, storm sewer capital improvements, compost site operation, brush chipping labor, equipment & fuel, consultant fees, newsletters and signs, a portion of the Stormwater Utility Manager’s salary, permit, computer modeling of storm sewer system, and testing of water samples.

I have questions. Who can help?

Pete Mezera, Assistant Public Works Director

Village of Holmen Boundary Map

Halfway Creek Park.

Town of Onalaska

The Town of Onalaska was the first town in La Crosse County to have a stormwater ordinance. Water from the storm system drains directly to the La Crosse River, Lower Black River, Lake Onalaska, and the Mississippi River through smaller streams, creeks and marsh areas.

  • Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Fee. All types of properties; residential, commercial, industrial, institutional or governmental are billed annually based on total ERU’s. One ERU equals $24.00. Vacant land is assessed at $1.00 per acre.
  • Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Credit.All property owners can reduce their fee up to 50%.

Why a fee? And Where does it go?

I have questions. Who can help?

Rolly Bogert, Town Chairperson

Town of Onalaska Boundary Map

Village of West Salem

In the Village of West Salem, stormwater flows into the La Crosse River, Lake Neshonoc and various ponds and ditches.

  • Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Fee. All types of properties; residential, commercial, industrial, institutional or governmental are billed annually based on total ERU’s. One ERU equals $24.00. Vacant land is assessed at $1.00 per acre.
  • Yes, there is a Stormwater Utility Credit. Any property owner can reduce their fee up to 50%.

Why a fee? What is the fee used for?

One of the things the Village of West Salem uses the fee for is to operate and maintain a street sweeper. The street sweeper is routinely out, especially in the spring and fall, cleaning debris, sediment, and leaves from the storm system.

Revenues to the Stormwater Utility also fund curb and gutter installation and maintenance, installation and reconstruction of 8 retention ponds, stormwater infrastructure maintenance and replacement, and all other services associated with the utility.

The average home and small business owner only pay $7.00 per quarter. New development must submit acceptable stormwater management plans, and those plans are enforced by the Village Engineer, Public Works Director, and the Building Inspector.

I have questions. Who can help?

Teresa Schnitzler, Village Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer

Village of West Salem Boundary Map

 

Built in 2009, West Salem’s water tower holds 750,000 gallons of water and doubled the Village’s water capacity.

 

One of West Salem’s storm drains, flowing into the La Crosse River.

Town of Shelby

In the Town of Shelby, stormwater flows into…

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  • this is how the fees are calculated…
  • you can get your fee reduced by…

Why a fee? And where does it go?

The Town of Shelby manages stormwater through above ground gutters and ditches and also over 15 miles of underground piping. These networks are supported by sweeping over 46 miles of roadway, grinding of leaves and removing branches in the right of way to promote drainage by keeping ditches free from silt on a regular basis.

I have questions. Who can help?

Carroll Vizecky, Town Administrator/Treasurer

Town of Shelby Boundary Map

Debris clogging a culvert near Hwy 33.

Town of Holland

The Town of Holland is situated on a flat sand prairie. Water that’s not absorbed on individual properties runs to ditches and retention ponds where it’s absorbed into the ground.

  • No, there is not a Stormwater Utility Fee or Credit.

Why no fee? Then how is stormwater managed?

The cost of maintaining the ditch system is part of the Township’s general expenses. Because no stormwater runs directly to streams, it is managed by keeping suspended solids low. Suspended solids are soil particles, sand, and manufactured stuff in waterways. The amount of suspended solids in the Town of Holland is significantly lower than the 40% maximum allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

I have questions. Who can help?

Marilyn Pedretti, Town Clerk

Town of Holland

One of the bridges on McGilvray “Seven Bridges” Road.

Much of the Town of Holland is rural farm land.

Town of Campbell

The Town of Campbell is situated on French Island in the Mississippi River on a flat sand prairie. Water not absorbed on individual properties runs to drainage ditches.

No, there is not a Stormwater Utility Fee or Credit.

Why isn’t there a fee? How is the stormwater system maintained?

The Town of Campbell relies heavily on the drainage ditches, and for the most part, there is little maintenance. The police department does have ordinance enforcement for these ditches, in order to keep them free of debris.

I have questions. Who can help?

Chad Hawkins, Clerk/Treasurer

Town of Campbell Boundary Map

French Island looking North toward the airport.