Hilliard residents and businesses might be assessed a storm water utility charge, costing homeowners $2.50 per month and generating the city an estimated $120,000 of revenue in 2010.

Hilliard residents and businesses might be assessed a storm water utility charge, costing homeowners $2.50 per month and generating the city an estimated $120,000 of revenue in 2010.

The utility charge was discussed during the Nov. 23 meeting of Hilliard City Council's Finance and Administration Committee as part of the city's 2010 operations budget.

"Since 2005 the city has spent $1,773,000 on storm water management and sanitary system unfunded mandates," according to the budget report. "The creation of a Storm Water Utility Fund does not increase the number of city employees but provides a dedicated revenue source to pay for the costs of constructing and maintaining a storm water system that meets the ever more stringent requirements for storm water management promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency."

The city of Hilliard's general fund balance sheet for 2010 estimates $19,556,427 in revenues and $19,198,515 in expenditures, with the $357,912 difference being added to $2,357,259 in ending cash carried over from the 2009 budget, resulting in $2,715,171 in ending cash in 2010. That total, however, is estimated to dip to $1,234,147 in 2013.

There will be a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Hilliard City Hall.