City of Lynn Haven Commissioners pass plan to establish a new storm-water plan

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 3:54 AM CDT
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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lynn Haven property owners may soon see higher stormwater costs.

During Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, commissioners passed a motion to mail out stormwater assessment notices.

According to mayor Jesse Nelson, this move will help establish a stormwater plan. Allowing the city to separate out stormwater fees from other utilities.

It’s a fee he says property owners are already paying.

”It’s on a tier system. So, it’s based on whether you have, based on the square footage of your household. So, we have two tiers for households. There will be tiers for commercial property as well as for non-residential property, or vacant property will also be assessed, Nelson said.

Nelson says they instead plan to create a yearly assessment for stormwater costs that will be based on property value, an ad-valorem tax if you will.

Whatever that assessment comes to, property owners will only pay the difference from what they’re paying now in monthly stormwater fees.

According to Nelson, it would only cost residents about an extra two or three dollars a month if you broke it down.

He says they hope to use the extra money to expedite the many projects the city’s currently working on.

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