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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 17, 2014
June 17, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #71


Subject
Hernando Avenue Street Lighting MSBU - Set Public Hearing

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Sherri Robinson, Assessment Coordinator - x7334
Jeff Streitmatter III, P.E., Project Management Div. Manager



Action Requested

Authorization to set a Public Hearing on July 29, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible to consider amending the Assessment Roll for the Hernando Avenue Street Lighting Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU).



Enabling/Regulating Authority

Chapter 125.01 (Q), Florida Statutes, provides for the establishment of a MSBU and provides that the BCC shall be the governing Board of any MSBU created.

Chapter 125.01 (R), Florida Statutes, provides for the County to levy, collect and enforce special assessments within a MSBU.

Chapter 197.3632, Florida Statutes, provides for the use of the Uniform Method for the levy, collection and enforcement of Non-Ad Valorem Assessments.

Ordinance 06-30, Section 10 and 16 provide for alterations in the special assessment roll.



Background Discussion
  • December 8, 2005, petition submitted from 75% of the property owners on Hernando Avenue requesting the County take over the maintenance and operation of the existing streetlights.
  • January 19, 2006, First Public Information Meeting was held with the property owners on Hernando Avenue to discuss the proposed Street Lighting MSBU.
  • January 20, 2006, letters were mailed to the property owners along with a postcard.  The purpose of the postcard was to enable each property owner to register whether they were in favor of, or opposed to, the proposed Street Lighting MSBU.  The results of the postcard poll were 21 in favor (75%), 2 in opposition (7%), and 6 no response (18%).
  • June 6, 2006, the BCC adopted Ordinance 06-30 which established a Street Lighting MSBU for the maintenance and operation of the existing streetlights on Hernando Avenue.  The annual assessment associated with this MSBU of $39.47 per parcel was calculated by determining the costs over the immediately preceding twelve month period, and included the Florida Power and Light charges, Property Appraiser and Tax Collector Fees and Indirect Costs. 
  • In 2008, it was determined that the $39.47 per annual assessment did not adequately fund this MSBU, resulting in a deficit for 2007 due to the underestimating of indirect costs.
  • August 12, 2008, the BCC adopted Resolution R-08-120 which amended the assessment roll for Hernando Avenue by increasing the assessment from $39.47 per parcel per year to $50.89 per parcel per year.
  • Over the years, there have been discussions regarding indirect costs and the need to change the assessment so often.  In 2008, it was determined that indirect costs would be based on the actual cost of the utilities; however, this approach was not feasible due to the fact that the utilities were different for all projects.  In 2009, our methodology for determining indirect costs was re-evaluated.  It was determined that indirect costs would be uniformly calculated for all street lighting projects as follows:  First Year = Flat fee of $1,000 + $5.00 per parcel, and Second Year and all Subsequent Years = Flat Fee of $500 + $5.00 per parcel.   
  • Since we were changing the methodology for calculating indirect costs, Public Hearings were conducted for all 12 street lighting projects on August 25, 2009.  The assessment was increased in two of the projects, decreased in seven projects, and the assessment remained the same for three projects, one of them being Hernando Avenue where the assessment remained at $50.89 per parcel per year.
  • July 24, 2012, the BCC adopted Resolution R-12-141 which amended the assessment roll for Hernando Avenue by increasing the assessment from $50.89 per parcel per year to $57.50 per parcel per year.
  • The Financial Management Department has determined that that the assessment per property owner needs to be increased from $57.50 per year to $64.40 per year to cover the actual costs that we are billed for the lighting.


County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records

Please send a stamped copy of the agenda to Sherri Robinson, Assessment Coordinator - Public Works/Project Management (E-mail: sherri.robinson@mymanatee.org).



Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
MSBU Assessment (Account No. 193-0000000)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A