Town Of Moraga

Storm Drain Funding

The Town has been working to identify storm drain infrastructure needs and commissioned a 2015 Storm Drain Master Plan which identifies priority storm drain repair and maintenance needs.  Most of the Town’s storm drain pipes are 45 to 60 years old and nearing the end of their useful life. This has been demonstrated by the recent sinkholes, caused by collapsing underground pipes.

Building upon the success of Measure K in 2012 which now funds improvements to and maintenance of roadways throughout the Town, the Town has initiated a Proposition 218 property-related fee measure to establish a stormwater fee. Two community priority surveys (August 2016 and October 2017) revealed that Moraga residents were interested in a local funding option to address the following stormwater priorities:

  • Address deteriorating pipes, infrastructure, and sinkholes;
  • Protect drinking water sources from pollutants; and
  • Prevent local flooding due to insufficient capacity or condition.

On January 24, 2018, the Town Council considered a Stormwater Fee Report that recommended annual fees of about $120 for the average home in Moraga, with rates varying for other property types as listed in the proposed Stormwater Fee Rate Schedule. If adopted, the average home in Moraga would pay $10 per month to specifically:

  • Construct the high priority projects identified in the 2015 Storm Drain Master Plan to repair deteriorating pipes and infrastructure and protect against future flooding;
  • Implement an adequate operations and maintenance program to routinely inspect the storm drain system and conduct minor repairs to extend the life of storm drain infrastructure; and
  • Comply with unfunded clean water mandates to address water pollution and protect clean East Bay drinking water.

On March 14, 2018, the Town Council held a public hearing, introduced a Stormwater Fee Ordinance, and authorized the ballot proceeding.

This webpage has been developed to provide updates and background information about the Town's Storm Drain Funding Project. Content for this page will continue to be developed. Please see the Stormwater Fee Frequently Asked Questions document dated March 30, 2018.

Stormwater Fee Ballot Mailed to Property Owners March 30, 2018

The ballot process for a Proposition 218 property-related fee is unlike most ballot proceedings in that it is conducted solely by the Town (the County elections officials are not involved), and the ballot materials may look different than what most voters are accustomed to receiving. The ballot packet will include:

  • Ballot - The ballot contains the question with a place to indicate a “Yes” or “No” vote, a place for a signature, and basic instructions on how to fill out the ballot and return it.
  • Ballot Information Guide - The guide describes the background of the Town’s storm drainage needs, the rates and the projects, and services to be funded.
  • Postage-Paid Return Envelope - Ballots can also be dropped off at the Town offices during normal business hours.

Ballots are due back to the Town Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2018 (postmarks will not be accepted).

Next Steps

Ballots will not be opened until the tabulation process commences on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in the Moraga Town Offices, Walnut Conference Room, at 329 Rheem Boulevard. The tabulation process will be open to the public and will be done under the direction of the Town Clerk. Once the tabulation is complete, the results will be brought before the Council for certification on May 23, 2018.

If the measure passes, the Council may take action at that time to adopt the Stormwater Fee Ordinance to dictate how the stormwater fee will be regulated and implement the fees beginning July 1, 2018. Rate features include the following provisions in the proposed ordinance:

  • Fiscal Controls and Accountability
    • Separate Fund
    • Annual Audits and Citizen Oversight
  • Annual Cost Indexing
    • Based on Consumer Price Index
    • Capped at 3%
    • Annual Council Review of Rates & Needs, including reducing or suspending if appropriate
  • No Sunset Clause
    • Provide Ongoing Operations & Maintenance
    • Address Continuing Clean Water Unfunded Mandate Requirements
    • Complete Medium/Low Capital Improvement Projects after High Priority are Completed
    • Long term revenue stream enables low interest bonding or loans
  • Appeals Procedure

Public Outreach Efforts

The Town scheduled several community meetings where residents and business owners could come to learn more about the measure and to make their views known. Please contact the Public Works Department at (925) 888-7026 if your organization would like a presentation made to your members.

  • March 20, 2018 - Moraga Lions Club (Hacienda de las Flores)
  • March 15, 2018 - Moraga Junior Woman’s Club Meeting (Moraga Country Club)
  • March 15, 2018 - Moraga Country Club Community Meeting (Moraga Country Club)
  • March 8, 2018 - Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley Meeting (Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church)
  • March 6, 2018 - Rotary Club of Moraga Meeting (Moraga Country Club)
  • February 20, 2018 - Community Meeting #4 (Evening – Hacienda de las Flores)
  • February 20, 2018 - Community Meeting #3 (Afternoon – Hacienda de las Flores)
  • February 13, 2018 - Moraga School District Governing Board Meeting (Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School)
  • February 12, 2018 - Community Meeting #2 (Evening – Town Council Chambers)
  • February 12, 2018 - Community Meeting #1 (Afternoon – Town Council Chambers)

Important Documents and Links

Stormwater Fee Measure Ballot - Frequently Asked Questions

Stormwater Fee Measure - Public Presentation Video - February 12, 2018
(To view videos of both Community Information meetings click here)

Map of Moraga Storm Drain System (pdf)

Stormwater Fee Report PowerPoint Presentation January 24, 2018

January 24, 2018 Stormwater Fee Study Report to Town Council

Stormwater Fee Report, FINAL - SCI Consulting Group

A Notice of Public Hearing

Proposed Stormwater Fee Rate Schedule

Storm Drain Funding Feasibility Study PowerPoint Presentation on November 8, 2017

October 2017 Community Priorities Survey Summary of Results

October 2017 Community Priorities Survey

Storm Drain Funding Feasibility Study Task 1 Report April 2017

Storm Drain Funding Feasibility Study Presentation to AFC April 10, 2017

Storm Drain Master Plan 2015