What Is The Storwater Utility Fee?
Pasco County developed a Stormwater Utility Update Report in 2006. The report indicated that the drainage system at that time was inadequate to control and manage stormwater runoff within Pasco County. The report concluded that it would be necessary to construct improvements to the existing drainage system to ensure that the collection and disposal of stormwater adequately protects the health, safety, and welfare of Pasco County citizens. Section 1 of SECTION B of Stormwater Management System Utility Ordinance No.07-18 provides the legal authority for the establishment of the County's Stormwater Utility Fee.
After public hearings, Pasco County Ordinance No. 07-18 was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on August 21,2007 and officially entitled:
"AN ORDINANCE OF PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR A STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UTILITY, SPECIFYING TERMS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE UTILITY; IMPOSING UTILITY FEES AND RATE SCHEDULE; PROVIDING FOR FEE EXEMPTIONS AND CREDITS; PROVIDING PROVIDING FEE BILLING, PAYMENT AND PENALTIES; FOR A STORMWATER UTILITY FUND; PROVIDING FOR MODIFICATION THAT MAY ARISE FROM CONSIDERATION AT PUBLIC HEARING; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, REPEALER, CONFLICT, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
In September 2017, the BCC approved a new Stormwater Utility Fee amount of $95.00 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU), per year. The ordinance defines an "ERU" as the median Impervious Area of Residential Developed Property per Dwelling Unit located within Pasco County and as established by Board resolution, as provided in the ordinance and as may be amended from time to time. The term excludes Department of Revenues Land Codes 00 and 04 as defined by Subsection 8.008(2)(c), Florida Administrative Code.