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The Board of Manatee County Commissioners are proposing a new Stormwater Fee (Tax) for Manatee County residents

Be informed! Make your voice be heard! Talk to County Commissioners! RE: NEW Stormwater fees (new taxes)

The Board of Manatee County Commissioners are proposing a new Stormwater Fee (Tax) for Manatee County residents.

Manatee County residents can learn about the proposed new Fee (Tax), how the system operates today, how it affects you as a taxpayer, how it applies if you also live in a municipality, and more through a series of meetings being held throughout Manatee County starting tomorrow. 

Citizens can also let their voice be heard by County Commissioners at these meetings.

During the meetings County staff will go over the proposed tax rates Commissioners are considering and explain what the new taxes will pay for. 

The Stormwater Fee (Tax) would apply to all property owners in unincorporated Manatee County. Property owners can see what the proposed fees would be under either rate by visiting an online parcel lookup at  

Chairman Steve Jonsson meeting:

Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Manatee Utilities building, 4410 66th St. W., Bradenton

Commissioner Vanessa Baugh meeting:

Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch

Commissioner Betsy Benac meeting:

Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton

Commissioner Reggie Bellamy meeting:

Monday, Nov. 25 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

 For additional information go to: 

(941) 748-4501


Twitter: @ManateeGov

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