Paul Crowell – KCA Director, Water Management Chair
The Southwest Water Management Water Management District (SWFWMD) is a critical governmental agency to Keystone with their management and oversight of our aquifer, wells and recreational waters. SWFWMD has either control or impact on our many lakes, the Brooker and Rocky Creek watersheds, multiple water conservation structures and thousands of acres of water conservation preserves located in Keystone. Tampa Bay Water (TBW) public water well field as well as agriculture aquifer withdrawals located in Keystone are regulated and permitted by SWFWMD.
SWFWMD’s Governing Board voted to decrease property taxes by adopting a proposed rolled-back millage rate of 0.2669 mills for the fiscal year 2021 budget. The millage rate is more that 4.7% lower than the current fiscal year millage rate of 0.2801 mills, a savings to taxpayers of approximately $6 million. For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the District tax would be $26.69 a year or about $2.22 per month.
The total fiscal year 2021 proposed budget for the District is $179.1 million and includes $65.5 million for Cooperative Funding initiatives and District grants. Through these cooperative funding partnerships, District funds will be leveraged in a total regional investment of more than $119 million for sustainable alternative water supply development, water quality improvements, and other water resource management projects. The SWFWMD fiscal year runs from October 01, 2020, through September 30, 2021.
The Governing Board will vote on the final budget on September 22 at 5:01 p.m. at the Tampa Service Office.