Stormwater Tax Funding Lots of Projects

The stormwater tax the County Commission finally approved in 2012—after 25 years of discussion-is helping to pay for a lot of water-quality improvement projects, according to the annual report presented to the County Commission Tuesday by Dave Carter, chairman of the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee.

Overall there are $15.6 million in planned projects.

They include restoring the natural rehydration of drained marshes wests of Crooked Lake, restoring drained and damaged habitats along tributaries of the Peace River, restoring depressed lake levels on Lake Eva in Haines City, Lake Annie in Dundee and Lake McLeod in Eagle Lake. Another project would explore the feasibility of reducing pollution to Crystal Lake.

Carter said the current tax rate of 10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value is adequate to fund approved projects for the foreseeable future.