In April of 2005, due to persistent issues with stormwater related problems in our community and increasingly stringent mandates from the federal and state governments, the City of Cartersville convened a committee of 23 community representatives to examine the current stormwater issue and recommend a plan of action. After a long series of meetings and discussions, the Stormwater Advisory Committee (SAC) made several recommendations:
Establish a separate Stormwater Utility to fund the stormwater program
Establish a fee scale which reflects individual customers level of impact on stormwater runoff
Maintain low impact fees with regards to stormwater
Supplement funding for stormwater projects through the use of SPLOST and moderate fees on new development
Establish credits for non-residential entities which meet certain stormwater mitigation criteria
As a result of the SAC, the new Stormwater utility was launched in February 2007 and has been operational since.