Residential customers of the city's utility department will see a $2 increase in their next billing cycle.

Owners of businesses and manufacturing facilities with more than an acre of inpermiable surface material will be charged more.

The new fee, mandated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will fund Miami's stormwater program and bring the city into compliance with state regulations.

Miami City Council members, upon the recommendation of the utility board, approved the fee increase and a related ordinance at Monday's regular council meeting.

The state mandate requires that the city establish a stable and continuous source of funds to ensure compliance.

Stormwater manager Juli Matthews said Monday that the city is a year behind compliance.

Continued non-compliance, according to city officials, could lead to fines of $10,000 per day.

The dedicated funding will generate an estimated $110,000 annually to help sustain the program which is in its third year of a five-year permit from ODEQ, according to Matthews.

The one-person department currently operates on a $124,491 annual budget carved from the city's overall utility budget.

The added funding, according to Matthews, could be used to for program education, pollution prevention and support of recycling center, repair of the stormwater system and purchase of a the more expensive equipment needed for stormwater management - including a street sweeper.

The new funding mechanism will allow the stormwater department to relieve the street department of a portion of work that should fall under stormwater management, including cleaning of bar ditches, repairing collapsed storm drains and mowing.

Funds will also help with offsetting the costs of field sampling.

There is a lot of work that can be done out there,” Matthews said. “We are not going to be over funded.”