The general fund budget has historically been used to fund stormwater operations. However, this source of revenue is used to fund many other county programs. In the past, higher priority has been given to the other general fund programs. Therefore, needed improvements and maintenance for the stormwater system have been delayed due to a lack of available funds.
The general fund is limited in the amount of revenue it receives each year. Boosting stormwater funding only through the general fund would result in cuts to other programs, such as public safety and parks. General fund revenues that were used for stormwater will now be made available for other programs.