Why isn’t the stormwater utility fee included in my property taxes?

Property taxes are based on the value of a property (which is not an accurate indicator of how much stormwater flows off of that property). A utility fee allows the city to bill properties based on the amount of runoff they create. In addition, the city completed a study that determined it would be less expensive, for both the city and its residents, to distribute stormwater related expenses as a utility fee rather than an increase in property taxes. 

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1. How was the stormwater utility fee established?
2. Why isn’t the stormwater utility fee included in my property taxes?
3. Do other cities have stormwater utility fees?
4. Isn't this essentially a tax on rain water?
5. Is the stormwater utility fee influenced by the amount of rain that falls?