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Hillsborough Commission Votes to Increase Water Fees

Posted By: Eric Garduño Advocacy News ,

On Wednesday, June 17, the Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to increase water system-related user and impact fees.  Impact fees for water, wastewater, and capacity holding will increase from $2,135 to $4,107 per apartment home developed in the North and West part of the County, and to $4,772 per apartment home developed in the South portion of the County.  Monthly user fees for the water and wastewater system will not see additional increases in FY22. 

This was part of a larger plan by the County to increase impact fees. Thanks in part to engagement by BAAA members, the Commission voted last month to delay implementation of two other impact fees (mobility and parks), and to phase-in those higher fees over three years.  A summary of major changes made to fees, as well as new fee schedules are available below:

Water, Wastewater, AGRF
Information on Current Fees
Information on New Fees
Notes: New fees do not come into effect until 90 days after adoption, which should be Sept 15, 2020.  The fee structure was changed in this process.  The new structure establishes one fee schedule for properties in the North/West portion of the County, and a different fee schedule for properties in the South and Central portions of the County.  The BOCC also reintroduced the Accrued Guaranteed Revenues Fees (AGRF), which was previously set at $0.  In both the old and new fee structures, multifamily is assessed 0.5 ERC per dwelling unit for water charges and 0.7 ERC for wastewater charges. The new fee tables in the link above is per dwelling, which reflects these ERCs.  Since AGRF is calculated based on both water and wastewater, both multifamily ERCs are used to calculate AGRF based on their proportional share of the overall fee.


Parks

Information on Current Fees
Information on Future Fees
Notes: Current fees remain in effect through Dec 31, 2020 and increases adopted by BOCC begin Jan 1, 2021. The fee structure was changed in this process.  Previously it was based on the number of bedrooms in a home and now it is based on the square feet of a home.  The fee increase starts at 55% of the fee study’s proposed rate and then goes to 65% of the study’s proposed rate on January 1, 2022. 


Mobility
Information on Current Fees
Information on Fees as of Jan 1, 2021
Information on Fees as of Jan 1, 2022
Information on Fees as of Oct 1, 2022
Notes: Current fees remain in effect through Dec 31, 2020 and increases adopted by BOCC begin Jan 1, 2021. The fee structure was changed for multifamily in this process. Previously multifamily was classified by 1-2 stories, and 3 or more stories.  The new structure provides 1-2 stories, 3-10 stories, and over 10 stories classifications.  The new structure continues a distinction between urban and suburban categories that was in the old fee structure.  The fee increase starts at 80% of the fee study’s proposed rate and then goes to 90% of the study’s proposed rate on January 1, 2022, and 100% of the study’s proposed rate on October 1, 2022.  


Schools

Information on Current Fees
Information on Previous Fees
Notes:  The current fee schedule reflects changes adopted by the BOCC earlier this year.  Fees are based on square feet of the home.  The study supporting the fee changes actually reported a decrease in the number of students generated from homes that are 500-999 square feet, thus we saw small reductions in fees for units in this size range.  The new schedule also consolidates size ranges from 10 categories to 6.  BAAA chose not to engage on this impact fee when it was before the BOCC because it did provide discounts to a range of apartment sizes.