Proposed Stormwater Management Tax Hike in Unincorporated Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County property owners in unincorporated areas pay a one-time yearly fee to pay for various flood control and water quality improvement projects throughout unincorporated Hillsborough County.  For one unit per parcel, the 2015 proposed total stormwater management fee is $30.  That’s an $18 increase.  The County says the assessment is expected to generate around $16 million in total revenue for stormwater management projects.  The County’s website says the stormwater tax has changed since in 1991.

Flood control and drainage improvement projects have been paid by property taxes and the stormwater assessment.  Additional funding has come from Community Development Block grants, agreements with SWFMD, Department of Environmental Protection grants, FEMA grants and the Community Investment Tax over the years to keep up with population growth in these areas, according to the county.

A public hearing on the drainage control tax hike is on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Hillsborough County Commissioners’ 2nd floor Board, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.  County residents affected by the proposed tax increase can appear at the hearing or object in writing to Stormwater Assessment Objections, Stormwater Management, Hillsborough County, P.O. Box 1110, Tampa, Florida 33601.  You also can bring your objections to the 22nd floor of the County Center.

For more information, contact 813-635-5400 or visit http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=3886

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