Drop this onerous fee
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 1:01 a.m.
Today we face another serious challenge. The County Commission is proposing to establish a Multiple Service Benefit Unit (M.S.B.U.) for stormwater management, assessing a fee to every property owner in the unincorporated areas of the county to implement the program. This would be in addition to the ad valorem taxes and special fees (i.e.; Garbage collection, fire service) you currently pay.
The County Commission voted 3 to 2, Commissioners Pinkoson and Chestnut dissenting, to include a Stormwater MSBU fee on the 2006 -2007 tax bills that will be mailed out in October. The initial annual rate of $72.00 per ERU was adopted by the commission. This in spite of the county receiving over $18 million in new revenue from increased property values and new construction added to the tax rolls.
We propose the commission to take the following actions: 1.) Eliminate the Stormwater Fee; 2.) Develop a Master Stormwater Plan funded by ad valorem taxes; 3.) Separate out stormwater quality and quality initiatives.
The Farm Bureau is opposed to any new taxes or fees by the county. You can do your part by calling, writing or e-mailing your county commissioner and urging them to rescind this onerous tax, cleverly disguised as a fee.
Alachua County Farm Bureau
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