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Manatee County explores costs for improving stormwater-related services

County officials are still grappling with how best to pay for the management of stormwater systems countywide, but preliminary recommendations are to spend an additional $7.4 million annually to improve levels of service.

During an April 16 workshop, consultants from HDR Engineering said that would translate into $15.01 a month or $180.12 per year for the average household, when combined with stormwater’s existing $13.67 million budget. By comparison at today’s levels of service, costs would be $10.33 per month or $123.96 annually for the average household.

HDR recommends a tiered-fee approach by which the county could charge three different rates depending on the size of a home. Nonresidential properties would be assigned a value equivalent to a dwelling unit.