Seminole County pulls the plug on proposed stormwater assessment

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

I just got back from the hearing this afternoon at the Seminole County commission chambers.  The big issue was the proposed stormwater assessment fee to be charged to all property owners in unincorporated Seminole County. See my previous blog post: New proposed stormwater assessment in Seminole County Florida

The chambers had some 100+ people packed into it.  I arrived about 30 minutes early and the chamber was already packed full of people.  The parking lot outside had probably another 500 people in it.  Pretty much everyone there appeared to be in opposition to the fee with many people holding "no tax" signs.

In a surprising turn of events, shortly after the hearing started and before any member of the public could speak out Commissioner Van Der Weide made a motion to indefinitely postpone the assessment.  The motion did end up passing and thus the assessment was killed before it even got much discussion. 

The county commission really stirred up a hornet's nest with this proposed fee. I'm just glad it is gone for now. At some point it may come back on the agenda, so keep an eye out for it. Governments everywhere are trying to nickel and dime citizens every way that they can.

As a side note, the county commission also decided to slightly raise the millage rate county-wide so residents will still pay a little bit more.  The final vote for the millage increase is on 9/22/09.


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