HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County leaders are set to approve a new Board Policy to establish a Residential Street Lighting Mini-Grant Program to promote safety for certain "high crime areas" within unincorporated Hillsborough County.
The policy is intended to temporarily fund residential street lighting costs. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office just has to verify the community is in a high-crime area and that street lighting will likely be effective in deterring crime in that neighborhood. Hillsborough County will pay for the street lighting in those communities for two years with an optional two-year renewal.
They will not award a new streetlight just to make things look better in a neighborhood or for recreational purposes.
Neighborhoods can apply for up to $5,000 annually for any one street lighting district. Hillsborough County has up to $50,000 total for all of these projects in any fiscal year.
Commissioners are set to approve the grant on Wednesday, May 15. Within the next few weeks, neighborhoods should be able to apply through the Hillsborough County Public Works Department.