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New development approved and built in the County since 1991 have had to meet strict regulations on the quality and quantity of stormwater runoff. New development is required to contain and treat their polluted stormwater runoff, but in older neighborhoods, retrofitting stormwater is costly and sometimes difficult. Many of our current problems are caused by stormwater runoff from development occurring before 1991. Today's cost to remove, replace and upgrade old pipes and drainage systems exceeds the cost to build new systems.
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Starting with the 2006 tax roll, developed residential parcels will be charged at flat fee of $40 and developed commercial parcels will be charge a flat fee of $200. Qualified senior citizens, disabled veterans and disabled persons shall be exempt from the payment of the stormwater utility fee for residential developed property for that parcel of real property, which is the homestead of the qualified citizen. In addition, community cemeteries shall be exempt.
Qualified Senior Citizen' is a person who qualifies for the additional homestead exemption pursuant to Ordinance Number 99-21 (codified in Bay County Code Section 14-6).
The homestead of any individual who qualifies for the additional disabled veteran ad valorem homestead exemption under §196.081 or §196.091, Florida Statutes.
The homestead of any individual who annually qualifies for the additional disabled person ad valorem homestead exemption under §196.101, Florida Statutes.
"Community Cemetery" means any small, stand-alone burial ground, without any owner of record, historically used for interments by members of the community.
Developed property means real property, which has been altered from "natural" state by the addition of any improvements such as a building, structure or impervious surface.
"Residential Developed Property" means each developed parcel the Property Appraiser has classified as land use type 1, 2, 4, 5 and 50, under the land use classifications (type) of the Florida Department of Revenue as set forth in §12D - 88, Florida Administrative Code. Each unit in a condominium shall be a separate "residential Developed Property."
The Florida Department of Revenue land use is classified and described as follows:
Property owners can find their parcel land use classifications by doing a property search on the Property Appraisers website. The classification is listed as property type.
The parcel information to include land use type and senior citizen exemption are obtained from the Property Appraiser and is based on the last certified tax roll. Should you find any discrepancies in the parcel information used for the stormwater utility billing and fee, we will take your information, please contact the Engineering Division. We shall verify the information and coordinate with the property appraisers to make corrections.
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.
The flat fee stormwater charge will generate an estimated $1.5 million.
The stormwater charge is re-imposed annually and is payable, as part of your tax bill, each year between November 1 and March 31.
Yes, unless you are a qualified senior citizen, disabled veteran or disabled person. Stormwater charges are different than ad valorem taxes and the stormwater charge applies to all developed property uses regardless of homestead exemption.
Yes. The same discounts and penalties applicable to ad valorem taxes will also apply to stormwater charges collected on the tax bill.
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.
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.
No, this is preliminary notice of the stormwater charge that will appear as an additional line item on your property tax bill in November.
There may not be a problem on a specific piece of property or in a neighborhood, but the runoff from the property and the neighbor's property contributes proportionately to the County's overall stormwater system. All of those who enjoy living in Bay County benefit from positive actions to manage stormwater problems, and they all suffer when these problems are not addressed.
The County is developing a Capital Improvement Plan, which will outline the projects, which will be undertaken to reduce pollution and minimize flooding. The County staff is aware of many drainage problems, but if a citizen knows of others, they can call the Roads and Bridges Division at 850-784-4050 to report problems. Not every drainage problem can be fixed immediately (it has taken nearly 100 years to create the present situation), but the County is committed to working to solve these problems as quickly as possible.
If you have a question regarding the stormwater charge, you may contact the County Engineering Division at 850-248-8301, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.