BAAA Mobilizes Against Hillsborough County Stormwater Assessment

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News ,

The Hillsborough County Commission is considering a plan to substantially raise the annual stormwater assessment for all property owners in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

If the proposal is adopted the stormwater assessments for multifamily communities will jump from $21/unit in 2018, to $46.21/unit in 2019, and if the County’s proposed plan is followed, then up to $96.62/unit by 2022. As an example, an apartment building with 325 units paid a 2018 storm water assessment of $6,825, and under the proposal will pay $15,018.25 in 2019, and up to $31,399.88 by 2022. In response to this rate increase, each Hillsborough County Commissioner received a copy of the attached letter.

The Hillsborough County Commission considered this assessment at their Wednesday, August 7, meeting, but due to public outcry against the assessment, they chose to continue looking at the issue in their September 5 meeting. The Commission has to make a decision on the assessment increase by September 5 to give the County sufficient time to mail out the 2019 assessment to property owners in October. The Commission also asked the County to organize one or more public meetings to take additional public comments.

As of now, the date, time, and location of the public meeting(s) have not been announced. We will post an update once this information becomes available. The September 5 hearing will be at the Hillsborough County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00AM, but as of now it is unclear when on the agenda the stormwater assessment will take place (Commission hearings can run several hours).

Please let me know if you are available to attend the September 5 Commission hearing, or if you would like to be involved in other outreach to the Commission ahead of this hearing.