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.
Over the last two years the county Farm Bureau has worked extremely hard protecting private property rights for rural and agricultural land owners in the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulation adoption process. And thanks to Commissioners Lee Pinkoson, Cynthia Chestnut, Paula Delaney and Rodney Long we have been very successful.
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.

Myron Bryan,

President,

Alachua County Farm Bureau

Gainesville

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