BOCC positions for alternative revenue

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

For several years the Board of County Commissioners has examined alternative revenue streams to address essential services.

Come Tuesday commissioners will provide themselves flexibility to seriously consider those alternatives in 2014 when they hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. ET in the BOCC meeting room.

During that hearing the board will consider a resolution which would put commissioners in position to pass during 2014 any measure to create a taxing mechanism for several pressing issues: mandatory garbage and the landfill, beach nourishment, road paving or stormwater problems, said county administrator Don Butler.

The resolution, which must be passed by Jan. 1 or by March 1 provided approval from the Tax Collector and Property Appraiser, would put in place the process for creating a Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) or Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU).

The difference is in the levying.

An MSBU is based on a uniform fee – each property owner pays the same amount for a benefit, for example to have mandatory garbage pickup.

The MSTU is assessed on property value.

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