Finance Department

The Village Board approved an ordinance to charge a new storm sewer utility fee for all properties (residential and commercial) on November 8, 2021. The new fee is expected to appear on utility bills mailed in February 2022. The fee will fund $14 million in new storm sewer capital projects over the next 10 years based on recommendations in the 2020 Village-Wide Drainage Study. Communities across the United States – including many Chicagoland municipalities – charge storm sewer fees much like charges for water and sanitary sewer services. Storm sewer fees fund expenses related to construction and maintenance of the Village’s storm sewer system. The fee is based on the amount of impervious surface (e.g., parking lots, building footprints, patios) on each property and the ability of the property to capture storm water during rain events.

The projected base rate for the fee is $6.44/month for a property with 2,500 sq. ft. of impervious surface or less. Properties with more than 2,500 sq. ft. of impervious surface pay higher fees based on the 2,500 sq. ft. increment. For a typical Lincolnshire household (i.e., 5,000 sq. ft. of impervious surface), the monthly storm sewer fee will be $12.88/month. If property owners can verify their ability to capture a certain amount of storm water before it enters the storm sewer system, they may be eligible to reduce their fee with a one-time payment from the Village.

You can look up your estimated fee by visiting the Community Portal on Village website. After you type in your address, click on the "Storm Sewer Fee Estimate" tab. 

Related Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

Committee of the Whole – May 26, 2020 – Presentation of the Village-Wide Drainage Study

Special Committee of the Whole – June 29, 2020 – Presentation of the 2021-2030 10-Year Capital Plan

Committee of the Whole – August 24, 2020 – First Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole – January 11, 2021 – Second Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole – May 24, 2021 – Third Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole - June 28, 2021 - Fourth Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole - July 26, 2021 - Fifth Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole - August 23, 2021 - Sixth Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Committee of the Whole - October 25, 2021 - Seventh Staff Report on Proposed Fee

Regular Village Board - November 8, 2021 - Approval of an Ordinance Establishing the Storm Sewer Utility Fee