What is the stormwater utility fee?

The stormwater utility fee is managed under the City’s Department of Public Works as a component of the Water Resources Protection Program and is unrelated to the assessment of real property. Please call the Stormwater Utility Administrator for any questions related to the stormwater utility fee at 434-970-3876. View a brief summary of how the stormwater utility fee is calculated by taking a look at the Stormwater Utility Fee Calculations (PDF).

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1. Why are assessments determined annually?
2. Why does Charlottesville assess at fair market value?
3. What is fair market value?
4. How does the Assessor's Office obtain information on properties?
5. How are property values determined?
6. What if there are no recent sales on a certain street or block?
7. Why do assessments change from year to year?
8. Why are some properties assessed higher or lower than what they sell for?
9. How does a property owner appeal an assessment?
10. How is the tax rate determined?
11. Does the City offer any other programs for financial assistance?
12. What is the stormwater utility fee?