Municipal Service Benefit Unit (msbu) Program

MSBU Applications In Process

Applications are currently (or were recently) in process for the following proposed or existing MSBUs:

Lake & Aquatic Vegetation Management

Lake
De Forest

Current Status: No further action is anticipated as the 2018 Petition to Create an MSBU did not demonstrate sufficient community support to continue the application process.

Background History: De Forest Lake is located in unincorporated Seminole County, south of SR 46A and west of the SR417 and is approximately 12.5 acres in size. A Survey of Interest was received from the lakefront community with sufficient support for the MSBU Program to accept an application [April 2018] for assisting the community in their effort to secure an MSBU for funding lake restoration and ongoing aquatic weed control public services through Seminole County.  At an informative community meeting on May 9, 2018, representatives of Seminole County’s Lake Management Program and the MSBU Program presented information about the application process, scope of services recommended by Seminole County, and the estimated cost for the recommended public services. A Petition to Create an MSBU was distributed to property owners in June 2018 with a final filing deadline of July 16.  The level of community support for establishing the proposed MSBU, as demonstrated by the petition process was below the 65% requirement for continuing the application process.  The community was notified of the petition outcome and the application was closed. 

ROAD IMPROVEMENT

No applications in process at this time.

STREET LIGHTING

English Estates

Current Status: The street lighting equipment upgrade within English Estates was initiated in 2018. Scheduling and completion of upgrade has experienced delays due to availability of equipment. Installation is currently in process with anticipated completion by the end of 2018.

Background History: The MSBU Program received in June 2017 an application from the community HOA to upgrade the street lighting equipment to LED lighting.  The MSBU Program distributed a petition to the community by mail in September 2017 to determine if the upgrade request could be honored.  At the close of the petition process, less than 1% of the properties had responded in opposition to the upgrade. Based on the communitywide support for the upgrade, the equipment exchange was approved and scheduled to begin in 2018. The upgrade in equipment is expected to have an assessment increase impact of $5.00 per benefit unit. 

PARK - ENVIRONMENTAL

No applications in process at this time.

WATER AND/OR WASTEWATER

River Crest

Current Status: The Seminole County MSBU Program accepted a completed Survey of Interest and Application to create an MSBU for funding the installation of metered-water utility infrastructure from representatives of the River Crest community on August 22, 2018.  An application review meeting was held on October 5 with the applicant(s) and representatives of the MSBU Program [Resource Management Department] and Utilities Engineering [Environmental Services Department] in attendance. The requested service scope, application processing steps, and potential concerns were discussed at the meeting. As metered-water utility projects require dedicated utility easement provisions, the easements documented for the River Crest subdivision are being reviewed from a legal perspective to ensure the required easement is available before proceeding further in the application process. A communitywide meeting is anticipated in early 2019, providing utility easement concerns are resolved. If/when the application process moves forward, the MSBU Program will provide mailed notice to the owners of property within River Crest once a meeting date is confirmed. The community meeting will be informative and offer details regarding project scope, estimated cost, assessment allocation and the process associated with creation of an MSBU.

Background History: The River Crest subdivision is located in the northwest quadrant of Seminole County adjacent to the Wekiva River.  Since 1999, the MSBU Program has received various inquiries from owners of River Crest properties in regards to providing assistance with creating an MSBU to fund retrofitting of the subdivision from private wells to metered water utility services.  In the past, the percentage of property owners interested and willing to fund the cost of this retrofitting has been insufficient to proceed through the MSBU creation process.