Environmental Fee FAQs
What is this fee?
The Federal and State Environmental Mandate Compliance
Fee was established to fund environmental mandates that
improve air quality, reduce stormwater pollution and
insure compliance with other public health related
When was this approved?
With the approval from the Mesa City Council in June of
2006, the City of Mesa adopted Resolution number 8751 establishing
the Federal Environmental Compliance Fee.
In July of 2011, City of Mesa Resolution number 9889 was
adopted increasing the fee from $3.00 to $5.38. The fee was
increased to accomplish full cost recovery for eligible Federal and
State environmental mandates. The new fee will be appearing in
utility bills after August 2011.
Why is this fee needed
Mesa, like other cities, had traditionally managed
environmental mandates with General Fund Revenues.
Unfunded Federal and State mandates require the City to
manage environmental issues in ways that protect and/or
improve water and air quality and that address other
public health issues.
Do other cities have this
type of fee?
Most of Arizonaâ€™s large cities have to comply with the
same Federal and State mandates and use various
approaches to fund them.
Will this fee result in a
reduction of my property taxes?
No. City of Mesa residents only pay Maricopa County property
taxes. Your county taxes will not be affected.
When was this fee
This fee took effect in January 2007.
How much is this fee?
Effective August 1, 2011 the fee is $5.38 per month.
How is the fee rate determined?
The fee is a flat rate and each utility customer regardless
of water use, property value, or the type of account, pays the same
Will this fee be increased over
time or without notice?
The current fee has been established to fully recover the costs of
the Federal and State regulatory mandates. Federal and State
environmental regulations change and increased regulation may
necessitate an increase to the fee. Any future changes to this fee
will have to be approved by City Council.
is the money used for?
The money from the Federal and State Environmental Mandate
Compliance Fee is used to fund the following programs:
(infrastructure repairs and cleaning)
Stormwater sampling (monitor
contaminants in stormwater)
Retention basin maintenance
Fuel storage tank monitoring and maintenance
Air Quality programs such as,
PM-10 (Dust) stabilization
(city-owned vacant lots and shoulders)
Inspections of construction
sites for adherence to dust control requirements
Indoor air quality in
city-owned facilities such as libraries, museums and other
Inspections of construction
and industrial sites (public and private)
management to include:
The evaluation and abatement
of asbestos and lead-based paint at all city-owned public
Hazardous materials response
and clean-up of illegal dumping and other hazardous waste
spills in all public areas served by the City of Mesa.
Meeting Federal and State
regulations outlined for all city-owned underground and
above ground fuel storage tanks.
Administration and public
Other environmental and public
Will this fee be used to
fund the maintenance of private drainage easements and retention
basins or to correct private drainage issues?
No. This fee is paid by all utility customers, including
County island residents and Magma and is to fund City programs.
It would be unfair for the City to spend more money on private
property issues than on the common areas available to the general
I live in a county island or Magma customer service area;
why am I being charged the fee?
As a customer receiving City of Mesa services, you benefit from the
environmental programs and services funded by this fee.
I have been complaining to the City about drainage issues on
or near my property for a long time and nothing gets done.
Will this fee address this problem now?
Many drainage complaints that the City receives are for problems on
private property that the City has no authority to address.
The existence of this fee will not change that.
Since part of this fee covers stormwater, will I still be
charged if it does not rain?
Yes. Even in dry weather, the City must continue regular maintenance
and repair of the storm drain system, keep pollution out of the
system, and educate the public on stormwater quality issues.
We need to be prepared for when it does rain. The stormwater system
is still there whether it rains or not.
How will this fee be billed?
The fee will be included in your monthly City of Mesa utility bill
(either solid waste, water, electric, or gas)
Why not provide this fee in a bill separate from my utility
It is less costly to attach this fee to an existing utility bill
than to mail out separate bills.
If I am only paying a bill for
any period shorter or longer than a full month, will my fee be
Yes, there will be situations where the
City prorates utility bills. In these cases, the Federal and
State Environmental Mandate Compliance fee will also be prorated.
Who do I contact with billing
Contact the Customer Service Operations
Call Center at 480-644-2221.
Who do I contact for more
information about the fee and what it is used for?
Contact the Environmental Programs Department at 480-644-3599