Drainage

The Drainage Utility System ordinance and Drainage Utility Charges ordinance are currently being proposed to City Council. The timeline for public meetings and Town Hall meetings are listed below. (this page will be updated as more information becomes available)

Important Dates

  • October 17 - 10 am - Public Workshop with Council on Drainage Utility System and charges
  • November 12 - 5:30 pm - Town Hall meeting on proposed Drainage Utility System and Charges
  • November 21 - 1 pm - Public hearing - Proposed Drainage Utility System ordinance
    • 1st reading adopting Drainage Utility System ordinance
  • December 5 - 1 pm - 2nd reading adopting Drainage Utility System ordinance
    • Public Hearing - Proposed Drainage Utility Charges ordinance
    • 1st reading adopting Drainage Utility Charges ordinance
  • December 19 - 1 pm - 2nd reading adopting Drainage Charges ordinance
  • January 1, 2020 - Drainage rates billed to the property owners.
All meetings above will meet at City Hall - 200 W. Vulcan St. Brenham, Texas.

What is the Drainage Utility Charge?

buildings-infographic-drainage-fee This graphic contains text that is included in the FAQ's on the cityofbrenham.org/drainage page. It quickly explains the charge, who pays for it, and directs viewers to the drainage page for more information.

The Drainage Utility Charge is for (and can only be used for) drainage projects or drainage maintenance. multiple projects have been identified as needing improvements and maintenances of more than $4 million. These projects can be seen below.

Map of proposed projects

Why is a Drainage Utility Charge needed?

The city has been setting aside about $300,000 a year for different maintenance tasks for drainage, however, there are many areas in town that are prone to flooding and as development (and impervious cover) continues, additional areas will need to be addressed. This charge will bring in about $660,000 a year to cover maintenance and pay for the more than $4 million in drainage projects listed above.

What will my charge be?

Residents will be charged a flat $3.75 drainage charge. This flat charge is 1 Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) and is equal to 2,685 square feet of impervious cover. Non-residential property owners will be assessed a fee from 4 tiers based on the amount of property covered with impervious material. To view what fee your property will be assessed, you can check our non-residential property map (coming later this year). 

 

* 1 ERU = 2,685 sf impervious area

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's document

What is a Drainage Utility Charge?

Why does the City want to impose a Drainage Utility Charge?

What is meant by "drainage"?

Why do I have to pay this charge?

How is the Drainage Utility Charge determined?

What is impervious cover?

How does the City know how much impervious cover is on my property?

Are there any properties exempt from the Drainage Utility Charge?

When will the charge be in effect?

Where is the money going?

How is the ERU calculated for Non-Residential property?

What can I do to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff

Is the Drainage Utility Charge assessed on unoccupied properties?

What if I want to appeal?

Still have questions?