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

English Estates Lake (off Oxford Rd)

Current Status:   The restoration work that began late October was completed the last week in November. The transformation that occurred is significant and the residential property used during the restoration has been restored. Once final expenditures are processed and documentation has been prepared, the final capital assessment for restoration work will be calculated. A Public Hearing will be noticed once a date has been confirmed; tentatively anticipating a date in February.

Background History: English Estates (unnamed) Lake is a 1.3 acre waterbody located off Oxford Road in unincorporated Seminole County. Following property owner inquiry in November 2016, a Survey of Interest document and an MSBU application packet was provided for community consideration.  An application for assisting the lakefront property owners with lake restoration and ongoing lake and aquatic vegetation management was received February 6, 2017.  The assistance requested from Seminole County is proposed in two phases. Phase I is defined as lake restoration; Phase II as ongoing lake and aquatic vegetation management services.  The application requested funding support from the County for Phase I, followed by non-ad valorem assessment funding for Phase II. The lake and aquatic vegetation management services proposed for Phase II would consist of public services deemed critical to maintaining and promoting conditions that enhance the water quality and over-all health of the lake. The application was reviewed by the County and a scope of service was designed and cost estimates were acquired and presented at a community meeting in April 2017. The required petition process demonstrated 100% support. Assessment for the restoration cost share will be levied after the restoration is complete and final cost is confirmed. Assessment for Phase II was established at $600.00 per benefit unit.  On July 25, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved the community-based request for assistance and created the English Estates (Unnamed Lake) Restoration and Aquatic Vegetation Management MSBU. Initial pre-treatment of aquatic vegetation to be removed during restoration began in August.

Grace Lake

Current Status:   Although initial services were expected to begin in October 2017, the site conditions resulting from H.Irma required postponement of treatments. The revised scheduling for the initial herbicide treatment of hydrilla indicates the treatment will likely be delayed until February when a greater treatment success is anticipated due to the plant growth cycle. Services are currently on hold but will be initiated when conditions are conducive to successful outcome.

Background History: Grace Lake is a 24 acre lake located just north of E.E. Williamson Rd and just to the east of I-4 in unincorporated Longwood. Following property owner inquiry in December 2016, a Survey of Interest document and an MSBU application packet was provided for community consideration.   An application was accepted from the community on March 2, 2017 and included the informal Survey of Interest (SOI) documentation that provided confirmation of a qualifying level of general interest in the MSBU opportunities available to Grace Lake property owners. An informational meeting with detailed presentations provided by the Seminole County Lake Management Program and the MSBU Program was conducted during the evening of April 27. In follow-up to community input, the scope of desired services was finalized and project cost and assessments estimates were calculated for petitioning purposes. The Petition to Create an MSBU mailed on May 5, 2017, to the owners of property located within the proposed assessment boundary demonstrated sufficient support to move forward to the next step in the application process. The results of the petition were 69% FOR, 17% AGAINST, and 14% UNKNOWN. On August 22, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved the community-based request for assistance and created the Grace Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management MSBU. The initial assessment was authorized as proposed at $425.00 per benefit unit.  


No applications in process at this time.


English Estates

Current Status: The street lighting equipment within English Estates will be upgraded from standard roadway streetlights to LED streetlights in 2018.  The equipment exchange schedule will be determined by Duke Energy but is anticipated to completed during the first quarter of the year.

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. As the petition was successful, the MSBU Program will coordinate with Duke Energy for an exchange of equipment to LED fixtures at the start of 2018. The upgrade in equipment is expected to have an assessment increase impact of $5.00 per benefit unit.


At the request of the Veramonte Homeowners Association {HOA} and with the support of the member properties, the decorative street lighting located in Veramonte and along Long Pond Road that has been funded by these properties will the taken out of service and removed as the supporting contracts expire. The contract for the streetlights on Long Pond Road expires October 3, 2017; and the contract for the equipment located within the subdivision expires March 28, 2018. The final assessment (2017) was reduced according to contract expiration dates. 


No applications in process at this time.