Starting October 1, 2017, homeowners will see a rate increase for Stormwater fees. The fee will be an increase of $.55 per household, per month.
The Stormwater Utilities fund was established to remove rainfall which gathers pollutants such as oil, fuel, from cars, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides from farms and lawns. In order to preserve the lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, this run-off must be diverted to areas where these pollutants can be removed from the water prior to going back into the lakes and aquifers. In addition to treating the rainfall, the stormwater outlets also divert excess water accumulations to other areas to help in the prevention of flooding. New regulatory programs from the Federal and State levels are being passed down to cities and counties.
The last time the City of Mount Dora saw a rate increase was in 2015. This increase will be implemented starting with the first billing cycle in October.