1525 E. Jefferson St.
Brooksville, Florida 34601
Phone (352) 754-4060
Fax (352) 754-4423
MSBU Contact Information
Special Assessments Coordinator
1525 East Jefferson Street
Brooksville, Florida 34601
Phone: (352) 754-4060 ext. 17028
Fax: (352) 754-4423
An assessment district as established in Hernando County is commonly referred to as a MSBU (Municipal Service Benefit Unit). Through the MSBU Program, non-ad valorem assessments are levied by the Board of County Commissioners.
The assessments associated with MSBUs are based on the cost to provide the improvement, number of participating properties, and the benefit unit allocated to each participating property. Typically, community improvements financed via special assessments include residential household solid waste collection and disposal services, residential street lighting,fire protection, and a variety of construction projects such as road paving and stormwater control systems, wall reconstruction and water/sewer line extension.
Applications for MSBU projects are accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis and require a $250 application fee. Applications are currently being accepted to be considered for a 2019 waiting list. Below is a brief description of the MSBU process.
- At the time of the application submittal, you will meet with the special assessment coordinator to discuss the scope of work and boundaries for the project.
- An engineering assessment of the roadway will be completed.
- Voting cards will be mailed to every property owner within the boundary and will include the estimate. Property owners will have 45 days to return their votes. In order to proceed, 51% of the returned votes must be in favor of the project.
- Once 51% favorable votes are received, a public hearing will be set with the Board of County Commissioners to establish the MSBU.
- Engineers will design the specifications for the scope of work and the project will be placed out to bid for the lowest responsive bidder.
- Construction will begin. Once the construction is complete and all invoices have been paid, another public hearing will take place for the Board of County Commissioners to adopt the assessment rates.
- The property owners will have 30 days to pay for the assessment as a one-time fee or have the option to finance it over 10 years. If you choose to finance it, the assessment will appear on your tax bill as a non-ad-valorem assessment.
Before you apply, talk to your neighbors. Be sure there is an interest in the community.
Call (352) 754-4060 extension 17028 if you have questions.
There are currently 25 street lighting districts within Hernando County. Most street lighting MSBUs are either created by the developer of a new subdivision or a subdivision's homeowners association. The residents pay for the MSBU as non-ad valorem assessment on their tax bill. The rates may vary depending on the number of street lights and the number of lots within the subdivision. The utility bills and administrative costs are distributed equally among the property owners.
As with the road paving MSBU, a street lighting MSBU is created following the same process. A street lighting MSBU may have installation charges the first year and then will level out for preceding years, and it is a continuous annual assessment without an end date.
The county contracts with the appropriate utility company (Duke Energy or Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative / WREC) for maintenance of the street lights. Therefore, if you are in a street lighting district and a light goes out, you should call in a repair request or outage directly to the utility company and they will take care of it for you.
- Duke Energy: 800-700-8744
- WREC: (352) 596-4000
Please call (352) 754-4060 extension 17028 if you have questions or are interested in the street lighting MSBU.
Why are some roads being repaved and you won't pave my limerock road?
It is important to realize that the county can reduce repaving cost(s) by preventing further deterioration of failing roadways which later would require complete rebuilding rather than overlay.
Paving limerock roads is a matter of equity and economics. When developers construct a new residential subdivision, they are required to pave all roads. The developers then pass the cost onto the homeowners. In essence property owners residing on limerock roads avoid paying the developer's initial paving cost.
Property Owners residing on limerock roads who wish to have their road paved may do so via the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) process, i.e., 2/3 of the estimated cost per mile cost is assessed to the abutting property owners along the road, and the County pays 1/3 of the cost. The Board of County Commissioners, as a matter of policy, has elected to use gas tax dollars to pay for the County's 1/3 cost share of the limerock road paving.
Florida Statutes Chapter 125.01(1)(q) authorizes the Board of County Commissioners to create Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs) to provide specific municipal services to any specified portion or all of the unincorporated areas of the county.
If you and your neighbors are interested in having your road paved via an MSBU Assessment, please call us at (352) 754-4060 ext. 17028 for additional information or click on the MSBU Application Form to begin the process.