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Homeowners can learn about Hillsborough County's proposed Stormwater Fee hike at open house events

Six Stormwater Fee open houses being held
Posted at 3:58 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 10:20:00-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Homeowners living in unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County could soon see the annual Stormwater Utility Assessment fee increase.

The fee provides money for the County’s Stormwater Program. It is used to maintain, rehab and construct public stormwater pipes, pump and storage systems that help reduce roadway flooding and improve overall water quality.

The Stormwater Fee is not paid by homeowners living in the cities of Plant City, Tampa or Temple Terrace.

Property owners are invited to learn about the proposed fee hike at one of six community open house events. Hillsborough County staff will explain how fees are assessed and the annual fee amount.

Each open house runs from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:

• August 19 - Plant City Community Resource Center, 307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City
• August 20 - Jimmie B. Keel Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa
• August 22 - Town N’ Country Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa
• August 26 - Emanuel P. Johnson Recreation Center, 5855 S. 78th St., Tampa
• August 27 - Southshore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. SE, Ruskin
• August 29 - Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners is holding public hearing to consider the fee increase on Thursday, September 5 at 10 a.m. in the 2nd floor Board Room at the Frederick B. Karl County Center in downtown Tampa.

If commissioners approve the Stormwater Fee increase, it would be reflected on a homeowner's 2019 property tax notice.

You can learn more about on the proposed Stormwater Fee hike on the county's website or by calling (813) 635-5400.