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File #: 2022-2035   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 6/7/2022
Title: Public Hearing to Consider Collecting of the Water Quality and Flood Protection Fees on the Property Tax Bills; and Adoption of Resolution Finding [No] Majority Protest and Approving the Continuation and Collection of the Existing 2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee on the Property Tax Bills for Fiscal Year 2022-23. (Public Works 26441610)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee Ordinance (Section 18-33), 2. Exhibit 2 - Required Text of Published Public Hearing Notice, 3. Exhibit 3 - Parcels Subject to Tax-Bill Fee Collection, 4. Resolution
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Public Hearing to Consider Collecting of the Water Quality and Flood Protection Fees on the Property Tax Bills; and
Adoption of Resolution Finding [No] Majority Protest and Approving the Continuation and Collection of the Existing 2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee on the Property Tax Bills for Fiscal Year 2022-23. (Public Works 26441610)

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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The City of Alameda's (City) 2019 Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee (Fee) establishes that the City Council shall, annually, determine any adjustments to the Fee and approve to have the Fee collected on the annual property tax bills. In addition to determining any adjustments to the Fee, a publicly-noticed hearing must be held each year before the City can use this Fee collection method. Property owners subject to this method of collection have a right to file a written protest, whereby a majority protest can block this method of collection. This hearing and the right to protest does not apply to the Fee itself; this process only applies to the method of collecting the Fee. If a majority protest is formed, the City would still be able to determine any adjustments to and collect the fee, but it would need to be done through an alternative method such as direct billing.

BACKGROUND

The City has had a stormwater fee (the Urban Runoff Fee) since the early 1990s, prompted by the onset of federal stormwater regulations directed at municipal separate storm/sewer system operations. Assessments showed that the stormwater fund (Fund 264) was running at a $1,000,000 annual deficit and the need for additional revenue for the stormwater fund was becoming more critical each year.

On July 16, 2019, the City Council initiated a Proposition 218 process to establish a new Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee to augment the existing revenue Urban Runoff Fee. At the conclusion of the ballot proceeding it was found that a majority (57%) of...

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