Fountain Hills Environmental Fee

Currently the Environmental Fee billing has been suspended pending further notice.  AMS will no longer accept payments.  Any outstanding balances should be remitted directly to the Town of Fountain Hills.

During the budget meetings preparing for the FY2019-20 Annual Budget, discussions were held regarding the environmental fee.  At the April 18, 2019 Council meeting, Council decided to leave the environmental fee on the fee schedule, but have it remain at $0 so it could be grandfathered in case the Legislature makes future changes.

If you have any questions, please call the main line at 480-816-5100.

  1. Background
  2. Environmental Program Costs
  3. Annual Billing
  4. Related Documents
Unlike cities and towns that have environmental fees that are passed along to residents in their water and sewer bills, the Town of Fountain Hills does not operate its own water and sewer utilities and is unable to pass along these fees to residents on their utility bills. The Town attempted to work with utility providers EPCOR Water, Fountain Hills Sanitary District, and Republic Services to bill their customers for the environmental fee, but since the environmental fee was based on a cost per parcel rather than utility accounts, billing arrangements with the utilities could not be worked out.

After analyzing other billing options for managing the distribution and collection of approximately 15,000 bills, it was determined it would be more cost effective to contract with a company with expertise in billing services versus the Town performing the billing and collections itself. The Town issued a Request for Proposals to multiple companies that could assist the town in billing for the environment fee. Town staff evaluated a proposal from AMS Billing Services (AMS) and concluded that it not only met the contractual Town requirements but also had expertise in similar types of municipal billings around the country.

Following the award of a contract to AMS, the company mails the environmental fee bills to all Fountain Hills parcel owners in early January. Town staff has worked with AMS to develop a bill format and methods of payment.

The environmental fee will help the Town pay for complying with federal and state mandates as well as other important services designed to maintain the safety of residents in the Town of Fountain Hills. Without the fee revenue, the Town of Fountain Hills could find itself paying hefty fines for non-compliance of these mandates or possibly reducing other Town services in order to pay for these services.

The 2018 Environmental Fee of $36.00 was mailed to residents on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from the AMS billing offices in Florida. Any resident with billing inquiries may direct their questions to AMS Billing Services. Contact information for AMS Billing Services can be found on the bill.