Drainage Districts are small units of local government created by petition or referendum and court approval. They have the power to construct and maintain drainage improvements and to pay for the improvements with assessments on the land within the district boundaries. The Plato Rutland Drainage District has not levied taxes and has not been actively maintaining the drainage district since the late 1990’s. As a result, Plato Township has seen a significant increase in drainage problems, flooding and standing water in rural unincorporated communities. To correct this problem, the Plato Rutland Drainage District has re- established its district and reinstated the tax levy. The levy is approximately $12,848 and will be divided and assessed on landowners in the
existing drainage district areas.
City of Elgin, Gilberts and Pingree Grove incorporated subdivisions will
not be assessed as they have been removed from the district when
their subdivision was tied in to their respective communities’ drainage and stormwater removal infrastructure. Many unincorporated subdivisions have also been removed from the drainage district, as their subdivisions were engineered to remove stormwater to respective ditches, and the homeowners in these subdivisions
are assessed for this through their homeowner association fees, or special assessments.