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

Sylvan Lake

Current Status:   The Board of County Commissioners held a Public Hearing on March 26, 2019.  At the Public Hearing, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the creation of the Sylvan Lake MSBU to fund a one time hydrilla treatment, followed by a second phase to include ongoing services starting on October 1, 2019.  Treatment of the lake (Hydrilla) will begin as soon as possible via coordination with the Seminole County Lake Management Program. Current plans are to have the Phase 1 &2 assessments to be on the 2019 tax bill to be mailed in November 2019.

If you have any questions about the treatment, please call Seminole County Lake Management Program.

Background History:  A Survey of Interest was received with sufficient support to accept an application to assist the community in their effort to secure a MSBU for funding a full lake hydrilla treatment and ongoing aquatic weed control services through Seminole County.  Lake Sylvan is an approximately 188 acre lake in unincorporated Sanford, just to the south of SR 46 and east of Lake Markham Road.

An application [November 2018] to assist lakefront property owners with creation of an MSBU for funding restoration and on-going aquatic weed control services on behalf of Lake Sylvan is in process.  Owners of lakefront and associated properties attended an information meeting on January 16, 2019 at Holy Cross Lutheran Academy in Sanford where the MSBU and Lake Management Programs presented information about their perspective programs.  The MSBU Program representatives provided details about the MSBU creation process and estimated assessment per property based on preliminary cost estimates prepared by the Lake Management Program.  The PowerPoint presentation is shown below.

MSBU Slides

Lake Management Slides

The MSBU Program sent out the Petition for Creation of an MSBU on January 18th 2019 with a deadline for submission of response on February 20th 2019.

As noted in the graphic below, the petition received 76.2% support of the lakefront properties.


No applications in process at this time.


Brighton Estates

Current Status: The MSBU Program is working with Duke Energy to determine the ongoing cost for the operation and maintenance of the lighting installed in the community.  Once confirmed, the MSBU Program will designate a per parcel assessment for the properties in the community.

Background History: On April 5, 2019, the Seminole County MSBU Program received application for a Street Lighting MSBU in the Brighton Estates Community from its developer.  As the properties are all owned by the developer at this point, the application was accepted and will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners at the annual Public Hearing for amendment of the Consolidated Street Lighting Ordinance at the first meeting in August 2019.   

Dot Drive (Willow and Jewel)

Current Status: All property owners were mailed a petition to create a MSBU for street lighting on June 7, 2019.  The petition is open and active until July 8, 2019.  If sufficient support is garnered via the petition process, the new MSBU will have a Public Hearing date of August 13, 2019.

Background History: The MSBU Program received a request from the unincorporated Altamonte Springs community along Dot Drive and portions of Willow Avenue and Jewel Avenue to add street lighting within the community. The MSBU Program processed the application and worked with Duke Energy to determine the necessary equipment to be installed in the community.  A Petition to determine support for the creation of this street lighting MSBU was mailed to property owners on June 7, 2019 with an petition deadline of July 8, 2019.  


No applications in process at this time.