Lynn Haven to consider adding a non-ad valorem storm water assessment fee

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB)–If you own property in the City of Lynn Haven, you may soon be required to pay a non-ad Valorem storm water assessment fee. It’s an annual fee based on the size of your property.

City leaders say storm water infrastructure has long been an issue in the City of Lynn Haven and fixing the problem has been a challenge

“We have not had in the past had any kind of real amount of money that we could use to address the stormwater needs,” said Vickie Gainer, Lynn Haven’s City Manager.

This lack of funding is what lead the city to move forward with considering a non-ad Valorem storm water assessment fee that would be applied to all property owners starting next fiscal year if approved.

“We’re going to be removing the stormwater from your utility bill and it will now go onto your property tax. So it will be assessed through your escrow basically if you own a home,” said Pat Perno, a Lynn Haven City Commissioner.

The commission voted between pursuing option 1 or option 2. Option 1 entails a 100% capital plan and option 2 had a 50% capital plan.

If it is passed, those owning property less than 2,900 square feet will be assessed about $72 next fiscal year. If your property is more than 2,900 square feet, you may be assessed $140 next fiscal year.

“This gets the ball rolling, it gets funding going for capital projects and at a later time, if we’re funding very well, we can roll back the millage rate and even the playing field,” Perno said.

As for renters, if the assessment fee passes, they will not be required to pay any stormwater fees. The city says this funding will help a great deal in eradicating flooding issues.

“Some of those projects that were looking at that must be done are in an entire neighborhood and they are costly,” Gainer said.

Now, the city will move forward with getting the assessment in place. Then the new commission will vote on it.

This post has been updated as of 3/10. The previous post may have lead readers to believe the assessment was already passed.

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