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Stormwater Special Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
- Why am I getting another letter this year? The proposed FY19 fee is increasing by 2.5% (which is $2.20 per year increase for a single family home). This increase required another letter per Florida Statute. If City Council passes this request, future letters will only need to be sent if the fee is increased by more than the CPI, or 3%, whichever is lower. Instead of the mailed letters residents will be notified of any proposed increase under 3% on their utility bills.
- Why don’t you want to send out letters every year? Because the letters are individualized and need to be sent to every parcel in the City, the mailing of the letters costs the City approximately $12,000-$15,000 each mailing. In order to reduce administrative costs, if the City is proposing an increase that is below the CPI or 3% (whichever is lower), instead of a letter like the one you received, the information will be show on your utility bill along with the date of when the request will be heard at City Council.
- What is CPI? CPI stands for the Consumer Price Index and is a statistic that measures inflation.
- What is this assessment for? For stormwater related essential services within the City including, but not limited to: maintenance and operation of the public stormwater system; flood prevention and response; construction of stormwater treatment facilities; and water quality monitoring.
- Is this a new assessment? No, this assessment has been around since 1990 when the Stormwater Utility was established in Titusville.
- Do I need to respond to this Notice? No, the notice provides information; a response is not required. A public hearing will be held by City Council. All affected property owners have a right to appear at this hearing and/or to file written objections with the City Council. Written comments received within 20 days of this notice will be submitted at the hearing.
- How will the Stormwater Utility Fee be billed? The charge is a service fee, not a tax. However, to save administrative costs, it will be billed annually on the property tax bill and collected by the tax collector.
- What period of time does the Stormwater Utility Fee cover and when will the Fee be payable? The Stormwater Utility Fee is charged once annually, covers the fiscal year (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019) and is payable, as a non-ad valorem assessment in your tax bill, each year between November 1 and March 31.
- I don't pay taxes now due to homestead exemption. Will I have to pay the stormwater charge? Yes. Stormwater charges are different than ad valorem taxes and the stormwater charge applies to all developed property uses regardless of homestead exemption.
- I received a discount for early payment of my taxes. Will I receive the same discount for my stormwater charge? Yes. The same discounts and penalties applicable to ad valorem taxes will also apply to stormwater charges collected on the tax bill.
- I currently claim a deduction for property taxes on my income tax return each year; can I claim a deduction for this stormwater charge? This is a question for your tax adviser. However, generally a stormwater charge against your residence is not a valid income tax deduction. However, if you own rental property or a business, the stormwater charge may be deductible when computing your income taxes. Please contact your accountant or income tax preparer for information regarding your specific situation.
- I have a tenant in my house. Should the tenant pay the stormwater charge or will I have to pay it as the property owner? Like property taxes, stormwater charges are billed to property owners only; each property owner or landlord will have to determine how the tenant should share in the stormwater charge costs.
- What is an Equivalent Residential Unit or ERU? An ERU is a unit of measure which serves as an index to compare the runoff generated by different size properties with different amounts of impervious surface. Impervious surface is any surface which does not allow water to pass through to the soil. Rooftops, driveways, parking lots and streets are familiar examples of impervious surface. The equivalent residential unit in the city for the purpose of service charge ratemaking has been determined through engineering analysis to be a gross area of eleven thousand (11,000) square feet and a coefficient of runoff of .30. Because the hydrologic response of all detached single-family residential properties is substantially similar to this equivalent unit definitions, they shall be billed for one (1) equivalent residential unit.
- There are no stormwater structures or stormwater problems in my neighborhood, so why should I have to pay? All residents benefit when stormwater system improvements are made:
- Improving drainage ensures that residents can evacuate safely in the event of a major flood.
- All residents contribute to pollution when they drive their cars on public roads.
- Flood control projects reduce expensive damage to public infrastructure. Roadbeds that are protected by a flood control project do not have to be replaced as often, saving tax dollars.
- Excess lawn chemicals contribute to run off and groundwater pollution.
- Runoff from your area may cause problems elsewhere.
- Restoring and preserving Titusville’s waterways ensures that commercial and recreational industries based on healthy marine life can function profitably and support local jobs.
- Improving water quality ensures that natural amenities we all enjoy will continue for future generations.
Where can I get more information? For more information or specific property information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 567-3832.