Middleton voters approve storm water utility referenda

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) - Middleton residents voted to increase the storm water utility fee from $15 to $45 for the years 2019-2024.

With over 5,000 votes, the referenda passed 76% voting yes to 24% voting no.

The City of Middleton estimates there is five million dollars in damages to storm water channels and ponds.

City Administrator Mike Davis says FEMA will reimburse some of that money.

“We’re estimating anywhere from one and a half million to three million dollars will need to come from local sources,” Davis said.

The money FEMA does reimburse is only for prior engineered public projects.

“So it’s an important point of emphasis, much of our creek corridor was not engineered,” said Davis.

The Storm Water Utility pays for what the city needs on an annual basis for repairs to the storm water areas.

The city expects to hear back from FEMA on how much reimbursement it will get sometime within the month.