|Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 24, 2019|
Agenda Item #61
Stormwater Fee Consideration
Contact and/or Presenter Information
Chad Butzow, P.E., Director Public Works, Ext. 7476
John Osborne, Deputy County Administrator, Ext. 6825
In matters pertaining to the establishment of a Stormwater Utility Fee:
Florida Statutes, Chapter 125
A summary of the results from the stormwater fee study conducted over the summer was presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) during a work session on September 17, 2019. The presentation showed the total number Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) in the county based on residential and non-residential properties. With this now a known quantity it was possible to calculate stormwater fee rates for various funding levels.
Two numbers were shown to the BCC. The first was current level of service, in 2021 costs, at $8.68/month = $104.16 annually and the enhanced level of service at $12.55/month = $150.60 annually. The majority of the BCC did desire to perform the enhanced level of service but did not like the large additional fee without seeing some offset in other revenues.
Staff has reviewed the enhancement costs, existing costs, and potential costs of projects proposed by watershed studies already underway. From this review, staff has proposed two new fee proposals that both provide for the enhanced maintenance level for the BCC to consider:
The watershed basin studies, of which the BCC will receive presentations on the Pearce Drain and Bowlees Creek studies on October 31, include a potential of 12 projects that range in cost from $2.3M to $77M. The studies do not intend all projects be constructed but provide alternatives for the County to consider. Having a set aside fund for these projects is a major step in the direction of betterment.
The existing funds from solid waste can be used for betterment projects, but funds collected from the new stormwater fee from the tax bill cannot. All funds collected via the fee must be used for items that can be considered maintenance of the entire system and thus benefit all participants. If the betterment projects were to be funded from the fee, then only those in areas that would benefit from the improvement should pay for the cost of the projects.
County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)
Explanation of Other
Instructions to Board Records
Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Attachment: Stormwater Utility Fee Presentation 092419.pdf