In March, the Winnetka Village Council adopted an ordinance which created a stormwater utility that becomes effective July 1, 2014. Provisions of the ordinance also establish that both credits and appeals will be permitted for the stormwater utility. Information here will guide property owners on appealing their utility fee or applying for a credit.
Below is the form that must be completed, along with any required documentation, and submitted for a property owner to appeal the stormwater utility fee. Please note that an appeal can only be made for a specified number of reasons, including: 1) billing errors; 2) miscalculation of bill; 3) incorrect impervious area calculation; or 4) incorrect classification of property. Also, an owner must have been billed for their stormwater utility fee to begin the appeal process.
Appeals missing the required information or that do not meet the appeal criteria will be returned to the applicant without review. Completed and signed forms should be returned to the address indicated on the form. Electronic documentation will be accepted. Please allow 30 days from submittal for appeal review.
Utility Appeal Form
Below are the forms that must be completed, along with any required documentation, and submitted for a property owner to apply for a credit. Available credits include: 1) a credit of up to 50% for detaining and cleaning no less than half of the property’s stormwater runoff (under a 100-year design storm) and 2) a credit of 100% if none of a property’s stormwater runoff discharges into the Village’s stormwater system.
Applicants must complete both the General Credit Application (Form 1) and either Form 2 or Form 3, depending on the type of credit being sought. Incomplete applications will be returned to the owner without review. Completed and signed forms should be returned to the address specified in Form 1. Electronic documentation will be accepted. Please allow 60 days from submittal for initial review.
A copy of the Village of Winnetka’s Stormwater Credit Manual is also available below.
General Credit Application (Form 1)
Credit Application: Detention (Form 2)
Credit Application: Discharge (Form 3)
Winnetka Stormwater Credit Manual
Questions about either the appeal or credit processes should be directed to the Village’s Stormwater Utility Customer Support team at 847-716-3549 or Stormwatercomments@winnetka.org.