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 programs.
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 May of 2014, City of Mesa Resolution
number 10459 was adopted increasing the fee from $5.38 to $7.32. 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 July 2014.
Why is this fee needed now?
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 Arizona'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?
When was this fee started?
This fee took effect in January 2007.
How much is this fee?
Effective July 1, 2014 the fee is $7.32
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 amount.
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
What is the money used for?
The money from the Federal and State
Environmental Mandate Compliance Fee is used to fund the following
- Stormdrain maintenance (infrastructure
repairs and cleaning)
- Stormwater sampling (monitor contaminants in
- Retention basin maintenance (city-owned
- Street sweeping
- 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 public buildings
- Inspections of construction and industrial
sites (public and private)
- Hazardous Materials/Waste management to
- The evaluation and abatement of asbestos and
lead-based paint at all city-owned public facilities
- 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
- Administration and public education
- Other environmental and public health
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 public.
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
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
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
Why not provide this fee in a bill
separate from my utility bill?
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 prorated?
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