The Stormwater Division is required by law to develop and maintain a comprehensive watershed and stormwater infrastructure system that, among other things, enhances water quality, protects property, and preserves the environment for the health and well-being of citizens, property, and the general public. In 2013, the City adopted a non-ad valorem assessment (Stormwater Management Service Assessment) to defray a portion of the annual operating and capital costs associated with the stormwater activities division of the Public Works Department. The City Commission’s goal was to put in place a supplemental and alternative means to deal with the increasing costs of Stormwater management, through the adoption of assessment rates that could remain reasonable and flexible, and that might be changed efficiently, over time.
The City may assess properties based on a two-tier rate structure for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2016, with total assessments similar to what each eligible parcel paid last year. Tier 1 is a fixed rate per tax parcel focused on fixed costs. Tier 2 is a variable assessment based on each parcel’s estimated contribution of runoff to the City’s stormwater management system. This estimation is detailed in the chart on the reverse side of this Notice.
On May 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. the City Commission held a public hearing in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 620 E. Main Street, Haines City, Florida, for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed Stormwater Management Service Assessments and to consider collection of the Stormwater Management Service Assessments by the tax collector pursuant to the tax bill collection method authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes.
The FY 2016-17 rates of assessment shown below are the maximum rates the City can impose for next year. The special assessments for each parcel of property are based on the same benefits or burdens analysis as last year. They are based on estimated contributions to the stormwater management challenges the City faces. The City will assess properties based on a two-tier rate structure. Tier 1 is a fixed assessment rate per tax parcel, and Tier 2 is based on the relative contributions of properties of varying sizes to stormwater management challenges. Revenue from the Stormwater Management Service Assessment may only be used to fund stormwater management activities.
Each parcel of property assigned an identification number by the Polk County Property Appraiser is considered one (1) tax parcel. The rate of assessment for each tax parcel for FY 2016-17 will be the sum of (i) fifty-four dollars and twenty-four cents ($54.24) per tax parcel (Tier 1), plus (ii) a tiered variable rate based on the size of the tax parcel in acres, plus (iii) a collection cost of five dollars ($5.00).
The total revenue the City expects to collect by the assessment (exclusive of statutory discounts, and amounts payable to Property Appraiser and Tax Collector) is approximately $517,500.
For more information please contact the City Clerk at City Hall
Stormwater Management Service Assessment Search
View the dollar amount of the special assessment attributable to each tax parcel or visit the Finance Department, located at City Hall, 620 E. Main Street, Haines City, Florida 33844. You can search and review any parcel by owner name, parcel address, or property identification number.
Stormwater Management Service Assessment Payments
Until paid, the fire assessment will constitute a lien against assessed property equal in rank and dignity with the liens of all state, county, district, or municipal taxes and other non-ad valorem assessments. Assessments become delinquent in the same manner as for unpaid taxes, and failure to pay the upcoming assessment will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property which may result in loss of title. Assessments will likely be collected on the same bill as for taxes in this and subsequent years.
Stormwater Management Service Assessments are the Responsibility of the City Commission
The Stormwater Management Service Assessments are imposed and levied by the City Commission, not the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector. Any activity of the Property Appraiser or Tax Collector associated with the Assessment process is solely ministerial. The patience, work and responsibilities of these local County officials are greatly appreciated as they carry out their constitutional and general law duties; so please keep in mind that these local County officials have no policy responsibility with regards to the City’s Stormwater Management Service Assessments, or the method of apportionment, the stormwater management budget, the annual rates imposed, or collection and enforcement procedures employed.
If you have questions about the Stormwater Management Assessment, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City is actively soliciting feedback about the funding of essential services in Haines City. We encourage you to take a quick survey about assessment programs by choosing the link shown here.