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City of DeBary

Subject:   Stormwater Assessment Study
From:   Dan Parrott, City Manager     
Meeting/Hearing Date:  May 7, 2014

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The purpose of the stormwater assessment update is to quantify current and projected stormwater costs including debt retirement, operating and maintenance and recommend an adequate  stormwater assessment rate. During the eight years since the original stormwater assessment was approved by the voters the city has constructed nearly $30 million in stormwater projects throughout the city, all which require operation and maintenance activities.

Background Discussion

In 1994, Tropical Storm Gordon caused widespread flooding in Volusia County. As a result of the damage caused by the flooding a lawsuit was filed by Glen Abbey Golf Club which eventually led to a settlement agreement that lead to construction of the initial DeBary Emergency Flood Manmagement System which was designed to pump flood waters from various lakes to Interstate 4, and eventually the DeBary Bayou.

In late 2004 Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne caused significant flooding throughout DeBary. As a result of the flooding the City developed the 2004 Stormwater Capital Improvement Program that was intended to implement 25 stormwater projects throughout the city to address the flooding issues. To fund the stormwater projects the citizens by referendum in 2005, approved a stormwater assessment. The assessment is based on an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU), which averages $84.

During August 2008, Tropical Storm Fay caused the worst flooding in the community's history, affecting 100 homes. The damage caused by Fay resulted in the 2008 Stormwater CIP that identified an additional 30 drainage projects.The City was able to acquire in excess of $13 million in federal grants to assist in implementing the 2008 Stormwater CIP. The federal funding required a 25% local match. The City Council approved $10 million in financing to meet the city's required 25% match to the federal grants.

The stormwater assessment fee which is estimated to generate $791,360 this fiscal year is used to retire the $719,000, interest and principal payments on the $10 million loans.

Recommended Motion  

Approve the Stormwater Assessment Study Proposal from Pegasus Engineering in the amount of $25,735.

City Council Action:
(   )  Approved As Recommended
(   )  Approved With Modification
(   )  Disapproved
(   )  Continued Date:

(   )  Other


City of DeBary, FL
16 Colomba Rd, DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: (386) 668-2040  Fax: (386) 668-4122