Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dade City misses deadline to levy stormwater utility fee

DADE CITY — The city's plan to impose a tax for modernizing it stormwater drainage infrastructure ran aground after officials missed a deadline.

After the commission voted unanimously Tuesday to hold public hearings on establishing a special utility assessment of $3.75 a month, or $45 a year, city officials learned from Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano's office that they had missed a March 1 deadline to file the necessary paperwork to begin collecting the tax.

"I feel confident that I can't collect the tax this year," Fasano said Friday.

The news was a blow to efforts to come up with funding for upgrades to a stormwater system that city engineer Gordon Onderdonk said is "inadequate" and susceptible to flooding. City officials planned to hold two days of open houses to educate the public on the need for the assessment with hopes of holding public hearings this month.

Instead, the tax must wait a year. That will give staff time to fine-tune the proposal further, said City Manager Billy Poe. He added that the city will continue the steps necessary to implement the upgrades, but will not begin charging customers until November 2015.

Poe said Friday he is "a little" disappointed with the delay.

"But it's an opportunity to fine-tune everything," he said. "It will give us an opportunity to fine-tune our numbers even more for our residents and business owners."

Estimates were that the assessment would generate $280,000 to go toward upgrades to the stormwater system. Even if the city had begun collecting this year, it was still up in the air when upgrades would begin.

Onderdonk told city commissioners that stormwater planning and construction can take years as the city will need permits and input from state and federal agencies.

Dade City misses deadline to levy stormwater utility fee 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 5:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

    Nation

    President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the fatal stabbing of two good Samaritans trying to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Ore., light rail train.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]
  2. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]
  3. How the 2018 NHL All-Star Game reflects Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There were several reasons the NHL announced Monday that Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

    This was the  logo for the 1999 NHL All-Star game played Sunday, Jan 24, 1999 at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay. (AP Photo)
  4. Photo gallery: Nation pays respects to America's war dead on Memorial Day

    Human Interest

    At Memorial Day ceremonies in Tampa Bay area and around the country, Americans paid tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

    Eight-year-old Piper St. Jean, of Tampa, uses a brush to clean the grave of her grandfather, Henry St. Jean, who served with the United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens on Monday moments after the conclusion of their 31st annual Memorial Day Service on Monday (5/23/17) in Palm Harbor. The event featured guest speakers, live choral performances by the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church choir and live music by Bones South, an area trombone ensemble with rhythm section. On Saturday local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops placed flags on veterans???‚??„? graves prior to the event. This is an annual tradition of Curlew Hills' Memorial Day services and helps the Scout troops achieve merit badges. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
  5. Protest sparks Texas lawmaker threats of gun violence

    National

    AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds of protesters opposing Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law launched a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas House on Monday, briefly halting work and prompting lawmakers on the floor below to scuffle — and even threaten gun violence — as tense …