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Notice of Wastewater Non-Ad Valorem Assessments


Have you received a Notice of Wastewater Non-Ad Valorem Assessment letter? A notice from the Monroe County Wastewater Department was mailed in early August 2007 to property owners of Duck Key. Property owners have the option of prepaying a $4,500. System Development Fee in September 2007.

Image and text of Notice of Wastewater Non-Ad Valorem Assessments below:



MARATHON FL 33050-3822

Re: Notice of Wastewater Non-Ad Valorem Assessments

Dear Property Owner:

As you may know, Monroe County and The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) are in the process of installing central wastewater treatment systems in the Big Coppitt and Duck Key areas. Property owners have the option to pay the System Development Fee for these services as one lump sum (Prepayment) or in installments (Wastewater Assessment) financed over twenty years and collected on the ad valorem tax bill as a non-ad valorem assessment.

Each single family dwelling unit has been assigned one equivalent dwelling unit (EDU). The EDU Allocation for non-residential properties is based on water consumption. The EDU Allocation for commercial property is calculated by using the highest three month average water consumption and dividing it by the average monthly water consumption for a residential unit. If you feel there is a mistake on this notice, you need to request an EDU Allocation review. For this review, please submit a Wastewater EDU Appeals Form for EDU Allocations> 1.1 to the FKAA Marathon office by August 15, 2007. Contact FKAA's Customer Service at 305-295-2178 to obtain a Wastewater Appeal form, or download it from or Please provide the Parcel ID and Sequence Number located on the top of this notice when calling or corresponding in regard to this assessment program.

The EDU Allocation for the above parcel is: 1.0

The lump sum System Development Fee for the above parcel is: $4,500.00. It is anticipated that the Prepayment will be due in mid-September 2007, if you decide to prepay.

Alternatively, a Wastewater Assessment program has been set up to provide property owners the option to pay the System Development Fee over 20 years on the property tax bill. No action is required on your part to elect this option. The total assessment revenue to be generated including the financing costs (if there are no prepayments) over the entire 20 year period is approximately $18,522,000. The County intends to include annual assessments on your ad valorem tax bill. Failure to pay your assessments will cause a tax certificate to be issued against the property which may result in a loss of title.
The estimated Annual Wastewater Assessment for the above parcel is: $441.00

You are invited to attend a public hearing to adopt the Final Assessment Resolution scheduled for September 10, 2007 at 5:01 pm at the Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway (MM 50), Marathon, FL 33050. The Final Assessment Resolution will be available in the agenda packet for the hearing, to be published at All affected property owners have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the County Administrator anytime prior to the public hearing. If you decide to appeal any decision made by the County Commission with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, you will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding, contact the County Administrator at (305) 292-4441 at least 48 hours prior to the date of the hearing.

Once construction is complete and wastewater service becomes available, owners of properties with water service will be required to connect properties to the regional wastewater treatment system within 30 days of receipt of a mandatory connection notice. This notice satisfies the statutory requirement for notice of the requirement to connect to the regional wastewater treatment system once service becomes available..- It is anticipated that 30 day connection notices will be sent for Big Coppitt beginning in December 2008 and for Duck Key beginning in August 2009. Property owner responsibilities including construction of on-site pipes, abandonment of on-site systems, permitting and related tasks to complete the connection will be detailed in the connection notice. The on-site costs described above are in addition to the System Development Fee. Additional information about wastewater projects will be included in future notices. Contact FKAA at 305-295-2178 with questions regarding the connection process.