Increase – or decrease – storm water rate and the scooter/electric bike decree on the agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting | Biscayne key

One of the most important voices of the year affecting the residents of Key Biscayne is expected to be held during the village council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

A second reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 29 of the Villages Act of Ordinances, which calls for a new, and perhaps more equitable, way to collect the stormwater utility tax fee, highlights a full agenda and is likely to be the most discussed item of the night.

Why is it important: An affirmative vote by the seven-member council could increase annual rainwater charges to double or more for some residents, and could lower costs to about 40% for others.

Today, multi-family residents, such as those who live in apartments, pay an average of $202.80 annually, while single-family households pay an average of $304.20 annually.

What is at stake: At the recommendation of a paid consultant, the fee will be charged based on the unfinished dwelling area, which is the area that collects the most rainwater, leads to the most flooding, and has the greatest impact on the storm drainage system.

Currently, the fee is collected through the ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit) system, using equal payments regardless of the unimplemented areas.

A closer look: Impermeable area, as per the proposed amendment, “means a horizontal ground surface that is not impenetrable or retards the entry of rainwater. This shall include, but is not limited to, all structures, roof extensions, panels, patios, porches, driveways, and private sidewalks.” parking lots, swimming pool hoops, stadiums and sports decks.”

By using the proposed measurement-per-square-foot methodology, the village also provides incentives to reduce the utility tax for residents to find ways to capture rainwater, such as replacing an impermeable driveway with materials that can allow seepage.

And finally: Outside of the way storm fees are charged, there is an overall proposed 10% adjustment during FY2023 to deal with a significant portion of planned improvements to modernize the village’s stormwater management system. In the past three years, the rate has remained constant.

Other items on the agenda include:

A report from Police Chief Frank Souza, who has been working with the village attorney to try to develop an ordinance or program for a scooter and electric bike, effectively addresses the safety concerns of anyone traveling along Crandon Avenue and the inner streets of the village.

– An update of the Paradise Park project at 530 Crandon, which includes two clean-up areas: waste oil in the west and oil clean-up in the east.

Honoring two youth rugby teams for Key Biscayne, who won state titles by just hours last weekend.

– Update on progress between Key Biscayne Community School, parents of students, and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board.

General Comments: For those who wish to speak in rooms, go up to the podium when your name is called.

If joining remotely, dial any of the following zoom numbers: 1 (312) 626-6799 or 1 (929) 205-6099 or 1 (301) 715-8592, and enter Zoom Meeting ID 231627 8415, followed by ## . Press *9 to “raise your hand” which puts you in a queue to speak.

You will be called by the last three digits of your phone number when it is your turn. When calling, please press *6 to unmute.

To watch the meeting online, click here at 6 p.m. on Tuesday

For the meeting agenda, click here.

For the full Village Council members’ agenda package, click here.

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