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Pets are now allowed in public shelters unless they are service animals. If you have to leave your pets, see that they have plenty of food and water. AAA has a "pet-friendly" hotel/motel guide that is available to AAA members.
Call the Greater Orlando Visitor's Center at 407-363-5872, for availability, or look in the Yellow Pages.
A Hurricane Watch is issued whenever a hurricane becomes a threat to the area, and the arrival of tropical storm force winds is expected within 36 to 72 hours (39 MPH or higher). Listen for further advisories and be prepared to act promptly if a warning or evacuation order is given.
A Hurricane Warning is issued when tropical storm force winds are expected within 24 to 36 hours. Precautionary actions should begin immediately. Evacuation orders will be issued for residents in manufactured homes and special needs residents.
Only when instructed by local emergency management officials through local media sources.
The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management recommends that mobile home residents and students in portable classrooms evacuate during a tornado watch.
A Tornado Watch is given when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes, i.e., during severe thunder storms. During a Tornado Watch, keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A Tornado Warning is given when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by radar. You should take shelter immediately. Because tornadoes can form and move quickly, there may not be time for a warning, so it is important to stay alert during severe storms.
The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management endorses the use of weather alert radios as the primary means to notify the public about severe weather.
Weather alert radios can alert you 24 hours a day in your home, school, or office, about severe weather conditions or other threats to public safety, specfically in the middle of the night when you are not monitoring TV or radio.
Weather alert radios are relatively inexpensive, usually from $20 to $75, and are available at most retail electronic stores.
Registration cards are available at the City Clerk's office located on the first floor of City Hall. After filling the cards out, they are to be mailed to the Supervisor of Elections office at:1500 E Airport BoulevardSanford, FL 32773
You can also visit the Supervisor's office at the same address. For additional information regarding voter registration, call 407-585-8683, or visit the Supervisor of Elections website.
City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall, 400 Alexandria Boulevard. For more information about these meetings, you may contact the City Clerk’s office at 407-971-5500.
The Building Department, located on the first floor of the Annex Building, 320 Alexandria Boulevard, is responsible for issuing building permits. For more information you can call 407-971-5755.
The City of Oviedo does not maintain street lights or electricity service within the City. Depending on the location of the street light within the City limits, there are two different companies that handle street lights (and consequently all power related utilities). A simple way to determine which company to call is as follows:
If you are unsure on which company to call, either company can direct you to the appropriate authority if they are not responsible for the street light. If all else fails, feel free to call the City of Oviedo Public Works Department at 407-971-5668 for assistance. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The City requires that a completed application for employment be submitted in order to be considered for a position. You may include a resume with your application; however, a resume alone will not be accepted.
Yes, however, you will not be required to complete the entire application as the personal information, certifications and education information are saved from the first application you submitted.
All applications for employment must be received or postmarked by the advertised closing date, no exceptions. The City of Oviedo reserves the right to fill a vacancy prior to the published closing date.
For positions which state “valid driver license” required, “valid” is defined as an issued license which is not expired nor has, within the past three (3) years, been denied, restricted, revoked, or suspended. Further, a conviction within the last three (3) years for driving while intoxicated, under the influence of narcotics, and/or any serious violation, to include, but not limited to, reckless driving, endangering the lives of others, or racing, are grounds for disqualification in compliance with the requirements of the City’s insurer. Suspensions for non-moving violations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Driver license checks will be conducted for verification of status.
Some positions may require a job-related test be administered as part of the selection process.
Your signature on the employment application authorizes the City of Oviedo to request criminal conviction records from State and Federal agencies, and employment and educational information/verification from your existing/previous employers and educational institutions, and credit history check (where applicable). The City requires that you disclose whether you have ever been convicted, pled guilty, pled nolo contendere to any criminal offense. If you have ever been convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere to any criminal offense, you will need to attach a separate sheet giving offense, date, county, state and disposition for each offense. If applying online, fax criminal history information to 407-971-5802, attention Human Resources, or email us your criminal history information. By placing your signature on the application and not submitting a separate sheet explaining the criminal history, you are stating that you have never been convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere to any criminal offense. A criminal record does not constitute an automatic bar to employment and will be considered only as it relates to the job in question.
Answer all questions on the application, giving complete answers to all questions. It is important that you include your salary history as well as the month and date in your employment history. Failure to do so may cause disqualification of your application. Please provide information on all positions held for the last fifteen (15) years (where applicable). The City of Oviedo reserves the right to conduct a background search at any time to verify all answers on the application; falsification of any item is cause for disqualification of application and/or termination. If you wish to submit a resume with your application, please list all information in the “Employment Experience” section of the application. Under the “Work Performed” section, you may insert the words “see resume.” Finally, it is your responsibility to clearly indicate on the application or resume if you possess any of the special requirements listed in the job announcement and to present copies of special certificates of licenses at the time of application.
Applications are not normally forwarded to the hiring department/division prior to the closing date. An exception to this would be if the posting contains the statement “Position is open until filled” or in an unusual or emergency situation. After the position has closed, the Human Resources Department will screen the applications to determine if they meet the minimum qualifications as posted for the position. The most qualified applications will be forwarded to the hiring department. The hiring department will contact the selected applicants for interview and make the selection decision. The Human Resources Department will notify all applicants not selected for the position by mail or email at the end of the hiring process. This may take several weeks, so please be patient. If you claim a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and need an accommodation for the interview, please advise a member of the Human Resources Department staff at 407-971-5525.
Information on Unemployment Compensation can be found at online. You may complete your claim online or by visiting:Workforce Central Florida5166 E Colonial DriveOrlando, FL 32803Phone: 407-531-1227, ext. 4400Open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications/resumes, and additional support documents may be submitted prior to 5 p.m. on the closing date of the vacancy and are accepted at:
400 Alexandria Boulevard
Oviedo, FL 32765
Human Resources is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on observed holidays.
Applications are accepted only when there is a position vacancy and an announcement is posted.
The State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation has a list of available positions within the State. View a list of vacancies.
Applicants selected to fill a vacancy will be subject to a drug screen as a condition of employment. Some positions may require that the applicant submit to a physical examination and / or fitness evaluation.
Registration cards are available at the City Clerk's office located on the first floor of City Hall. After filling the cards out, they are to be mailed to the Supervisor of Elections office at 1500 E. Airport Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773.
You can also visit the Supervisor of Election's office at the same address.
For additional information regarding voter registration, call 407-585-8683, or visit the Supervisor of Elections website.
City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall, 400 Alexandria Boulevard in Oviedo.
For more information about these meetings, you may contact the City Clerk’s office at 407-971-5500.
You may request the Address Application Form by visiting the GIS Division office located on the second floor of City Hall (400 Alexandria Boulevard).You may also call their office at 407-971-5510. The GIS Division is responsible for addressing property and has information regarding ownership of property within the City of Oviedo.
For property outside the City limits, you may contact the Seminole County Property Appraiser's office at 407-665-7506.
If you are unsure on which company to call, either company can direct you to the appropriate authority if they are not responsible for the street light. If all else fails, feel free to call the City of Oviedo Public Works Department at 407-971-5668 for assistance. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All complaints and special requests should be directed to the City’s Public Works Department at 407-971-5668, or to the City’s garbage service provider, Republic Services, at 407-293-8000.
You may contact the Customer Service Department directly at 407-971-5535.
Filing for homestead exemptions is done through the Seminole County Property Appraiser's Office. The Seminole County Property Appraiser's Office is located at 1101 E. 1st Street in Sanford. You may contact them by calling 407-665-7506.
Office HoursMonday to Friday8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You may obtain a Florida driver’s license at the Division of Motor Vehicles Office located at 104 Wilshire Boulevard in Casselberry. You may contact them by calling Phone: 407-665-1000.
The Seminole County Tax Collector has an office in Lake Mary at 845 Primera Boulevard. The hours of operation for the facility in Lake Mary are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For answers to your questions, please call 407-665-1000.
The Oviedo - Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at 376 N. Central Avenue in Oviedo.Mailing AddressP. O. Box 621236Oviedo, FL 32762Phone: 407-365-6500
The Post Office is located at 83 Geneva Drive in Oviedo. You may contact them by calling 407-971-6213.Hours of OperationMonday through Friday9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.Saturday10 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.
Tangible: The tax form for this items can be found at the Seminole County Property Appraiser's Office located at 1101 E. 1st Street in Sanford. You may contact them at 407-665-7506.Office HoursMonday to Friday8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Recreation and Parks Department is responsible for taking reservations for all City parks and buildings. You may reach them at 407-971-5565 or 407-971-5575.
The City of Oviedo does not provide cemetery spaces.
As an explorer you will learn discipline, self respect, principles of law enforcement, and community involvement. An explorer will also earn community service hours for school credit for participating.
Oviedo Police Explorers learn various aspects of police work. They build on the above principles to gain and understanding of team work and accomplishment.
Explorers learn about building searches, traffic control, traffic stops, and much more. As a member of the program you will assist law enforcement with events like Great Day in the Country and Taste of Oviedo. Explorers may ride with an Oviedo Police Officer and attend explorer related camps and team building functions.
The Post is comprised of both male and females between the ages of 14 to 18 years of age. Each member must have completed the 8th grade before they are accepted into the program.
Precautionary boil water notices are commonly issued when there is a loss of positive water pressure due to a technical issue, broken pipe, scheduled repair or loss of power. When the water main loses pressure, due to either a broken water main or a scheduled outage, it is possible that contaminants can seep into the pipes. This does not mean the water is contaminated, it simply means the possibility exists that something may have entered the water system during the loss of pressure and water should be boiled as a precaution.
When a precautionary boil water alert is issued, you should take steps to ensure any water you ingest or any water which comes in contact with an open wound is either boiled, bottled or purified. Boiling for at least one full minute is the safest and most effective method of disinfection. Fill a pot with cold water and start timing when steady streams of bubbles pop from the bottom of the pot. Water must be adequately cooled before it can be used for washing or brushing teeth. Store the boiled water in clean, covered containers.
During a precautionary boil water alert, it is rare for someone to become ill due to drinking tap water. However, if you are experiencing nausea, diarrhea or vomiting you should seek medical attention.
Yes, showering or bathing is acceptable. But you should be careful to not drink the water. Although, those with open wounds or who are immunosuppressed should consider using bottled or boiled water to bathe until the notice is lifted.
As a precaution, please use bottled or boiled water to brush your teeth until the notice is lifted.
Vigorous boiling for at least one full minute is the safest and most effective method of disinfection. Do not forget to let the water adequately cool before using it.
If you are hand-washing dishes use hot soapy water, then use boiled water to rinse. If you are using a dishwasher it is safe to use if the hot water reaches at least 170 degrees or the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle and includes a full dry cycle.
Use this handy tool to find out if you are in the City of Oviedo or are in Un-Incorporated Seminole County.
You should boil tap water before using it to prepare food. Or, if possible use bottled water while under a precautionary boil water notice.
Please visit Apply For, Disconnect, or Change Utility Services to start a new account, end or suspend an existing account, or pay a City of Oviedo utility bill.
Yes. A permit must be obtained to remove any canopy tree within Oviedo City limits. Trees such as palms, fruit or the understory varieties (i.e. Crape Myrtle) do not require a permit for removal. To request a permit, please visit the Public Works Administration Building or call 407-971-5671.
No. However, the tree must be pruned to allow safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians, as well as to maintain a safe line of sight. Clearances that must be maintained are:
Please be aware that any plantings in the public right-of-way may be trimmed by the City to ensure public safety.
Mosquito control within the City of Oviedo is provided by Seminole County. Submit a mosquito service request online or call 407-665-5542.
For mosquito related frequently asked questions, please visit Seminole County's Mosquito information page.
Please visit Mandatory Watering Restriction for detailed information.
Please contact the Operations Division at 407-971-5668.
Please provide the location, including the road name, lane direction, and any landmarks that may be helpful (e.g., Mitchell Hammock Road, westbound right lane, in front of Outback Restaurant).
The Engineering Standards Manual provides minimum standards for the design and construction of improvements to be dedicated to the City of Oviedo. Please contact the Engineering Division at 407-971-5681 to obtain a copy.
The City of Oviedo does not provide survey or wetland data for private property. This information should be obtained from a qualified survey and environmental professionals.
Please contact your electric service provider and provide the exact location of the street light, and an address and pole number if available.
Yes. A permit must be obtained to remove any canopy tree within Oviedo City limits. Trees such as palms, fruit, or the understory varieties (i.e. Crape Myrtle) do not require a permit for removal. To request a permit, please contact Chris Wenner, Special Contracts Inspector.
Please be aware that any plantings in the public right-of-way may be trimmed by City maintenance personnel or contract personnel. The City only trims trees for clearance and line of sight issues, not for aesthetics. Always call 811 prior to digging.
Water used for drinking and cooking should be free of pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms that cause such illnesses as typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, and gastroenteritis. Since the advent of modern water treatment systems in the early 1900's, waterborne occurrences of these diseases have been dramatically reduced.
Although there are several methods to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms in water, chlorination is most commonly used and is an excellent way to disinfect drinking water supplies. The City of Oviedo uses chloramines, a variation of this method, to treat and disinfect our drinking water supply.
Chloramines are produced at water treatment plants by combining chlorinated water and ammonia. This is done to increase the effectiveness of the disinfecting material as it journeys through miles of underground pipes. It also reduces the taste and odor of water, which is purely chlorinated.
The City of Oviedo’s treatment process for potable water meets all of the requirements established by the federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. Call 407-971-5681 to request the most recent Annual Water Quality Reports for more information and the most up-to-date water quality test results.
In some areas of Oviedo, water moves very slowly through the distribution pipes. Slow movement may cause sediment to build up over time, resulting in a film to accumulate along the pipe walls. Flushing lines cause the water to move very quickly, cleaning the pipes, and assuring consistently good water quality.
No. The flushed water is free to either evaporate or percolate into the ground. Also, the overall increase in water use for flushing is small compared to the amount of water used during the year.
Temporarily converting from chloramines to free chlorine is done to accompany the flushing process. Overtime, sediments accumulate in water pipes. If not controlled, this can reduce the quality of our drinking water. The material in water pipes can become accustomed to the chloramine disinfectant, which is routinely used. Switching to free chlorine, which is a stronger disinfectant, for a short period, ensures the quality of our water during the flushing process. Using fire hydrants to conduct system-wide flushing of our distribution mains, combined with the disinfectant change, is a very effective method for cleaning out this sediment and other built-up material. This procedure is a standard practice used nationwide.
You may notice a slight chlorine taste and smell to water during this period. This is normal and poses no health risk. If you would like to minimize this odor, you could put a pitcher of water in the refrigerator until cold and then drink.
You may also see Oviedo Utility crews with fire hydrants open and water flowing. This is part of the water main flushing activities.
The Conversion will last for approximately 20 days to get to the outer most points of the distribution system.
No, the City of Oviedo routinely conducts this maintenance on our drinking water system on an annual or bi-annual basis.
Yes. This is a common industry practice. Many utilities throughout the country that use chloramines as a distribution system disinfectant convert to free chlorine annually for water line flushing.
Kidney dialysis patients can safely drink, cook, and bathe in chloramine-treated water. Chloramines are only harmful if they directly enter the bloodstream. Since water does come into contact with the bloodstream during hemodialysis, very strict water purification standards should already be followed by your healthcare provider. However, if you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare provider for more information.
Chlorine and chloramine may be toxic to fish, other aquatic animals, reptiles, and amphibians. Unlike humans and other household pets, these types of animals absorb water directly into the bloodstream. However, products are available at aquarium supply stores that can remove chloramine. Ask your local pet store about methods of eliminating disinfectants from water for these pets.
Contact the Public Works, Utility Division at 407-971-5675.
Mechanical backflow preventers have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear, and fatigue, which can lead to failure. Therefore, all backflow preventers must be tested with properly calibrated gauges and equipment at least once annually to ensure that they are functioning properly.
Additional information concerning Cross Connection Control can be obtained from your local Cross Connection department by calling 407-971-5693 or Email Randy Robertson. You may also mail questions to:
City of OviedoAttn: Cross Connection Control400 Alexandria BoulevardOviedo, FL 32765
A lift station is a pumping station whose main purpose is to lift wastewater from one level to a higher level, either to pass over some obstruction, or to accommodate changes in elevation in route to either another lift station, or to a wastewater treatment facility. If you see the red light flashing and/or hear the siren, you should immediately call the Utility Department at 407-971-5692 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
If you see a manhole overflowing between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. you may call 407-971-5692, after 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
Between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. you may call 407-971-5692, after 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
Typically, when a house is built, a shut off valve is installed at the closest hose bib to the water meter. If you cannot locate the shut off valve, or it does not turn off, please call the Utility Division. Between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. you may call 407-971-5692, after 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
To establish or terminate service you will need to visit the:
Finance DepartmentUtility Billing DivisionOviedo City HallFirst Floor400 Alexandria BoulevardOviedo, FL32765Phone: 407-971-5535
If you feel that there is a discrepancy with the consumption charges on your water bill, you will need to contact the Utility Billing Division of the Finance Department at 407-971-5535.
If your pressure appears to be lower than normal and/or you have water quality concerns, please call 407-971-5692 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A lift station is a pumping station whose main purpose is to lift wastewater from one level to a higher level, either to pass over some obstruction, or to accommodate changes in elevation in route to either another lift station, or to a wastewater treatment facility. If you see the red light flashing and/or hear the siren, you should immediately call the Utility Department at 407-971-5692 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
If you see a manhole overflowing between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. you may call 407-971-5692, after 3:30 p.m., nights and weekends call 407-971-5675.
To find out if reclaimed water is available in your neighborhood call the Utility Department at 407-971-5692, Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
If reclaimed water is available in your neighborhood and you would like to switch your irrigation system over, you will need to call the City's Cross Connection Control Coordinator at 407-971-5693 to find out the procedure for switching.
A backflow preventer is a means or mechanical device designed to prevent backflow.
Additional information concerning Cross Connection Control can be obtained from your local Cross Connection Coordinator by calling 407-971-5693 or Email Randy Robertson. You may also mail questions to:
City of OviedoAttention Cross Connection Control400 Alexandria BoulevardOviedo, FL 32765
The City of Oviedo does not offer discounts or credits for refilling a pool. However, the sewage fee is capped at 10,000 gallons so residents are not charged for more than 10,000 gallons in sewage.
Aquifers can be thought of as vast underground porous rocks that hold water and allow water to move through the holes in the rock. Aquifers can be composed of different types of earthen materials such as sand, shell, and limestone. Fresh and salt water fill the various sized holes in the rock. Freshwater generally fills the uppermost part of aquifers while salt water is present at greater depths.
In some areas, water in an aquifer is confined or overlain by a thick layer of clay followed by sandy soil extending up to the land’s surface. Where water in an aquifer is confined, the water is under pressure. This pressure allows water to rise in a well above the top of the aquifer and, in some places, above the land’s surface without a pump which results in an artesian well
To establish or terminate service you will need to visit:
Utility Billing DivisionFinance Department320 Alexandria BoulevardFirst FloorPhone: 407-971-5535
Oviedo residency only includes those streets that are within the city limits of Oviedo. Homeowners at these addresses pay taxes to the City of Oviedo, which help fund the Recreation and Parks Department. There are many Oviedo addresses that are labeled as Oviedo by the postal service, but are technically unincorporated Seminole County. Homeowners at these addresses do not pay taxes to the City of Oviedo, therefore, an additional non resident fee is assessed to cover the cost of programs, facilities, etc.
Recreation and Parks does not provide refunds or rainchecks for inclement weather.
The following parks have outdoor courts with lights available for evening use:
All lights are on timers, they come on at dusk and will turn off at 10 p.m.
City staff has implemented a new Recreation Membership which is available to the citizens on an individual basis. While a membership fee will not be required to register for activities or daily use of facilities, individuals who pay the Membership Fee will be granted a discounted rate, or benefit for activities, daily fees, passes, as well as rental fees.
City Residents: $25 per individual annually
Non-Residents: $50 per individual annually
No. We are a novice team. The children learn about the basics of competitive swimming. We focus on stroke fundamentals and endurance.
We offer Swim Lessons for children including a Pre-Cuda swim lesson. When you complete the try-out, please ask the instructor which Level your child would be placed in. Flyers are located at both Riverside Park and the Gym and Aquatic Facility.
A towel, goggles and something to drink (water or sports drink). We highly recommend goggles as the water is sometimes hard on the swimmers’ eyes with the amount of time they spend in the water.
Practice will only be cancelled if there is thunder/lightning or heavy rain. We will not decide to cancel practice until 15 minutes prior unless the weather is extremely bad, we will cancel sooner. Please call the rainout line at 407-971-5587 for information on practice.
This is not a “Stay At Home” Order. This Order permits businesses to remain open if six feet of distance between individuals is maintained as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yes, all businesses, will be required to follow the Executive Order.
They can stay open for activities that allow for social distancing.
This order does not apply to healthcare/medical workers.
No. You may visit others while following CDC guidelines of social distancing and limiting size of gatherings to ten (10) or less. However, the best practice is to avoid discretionary travel when possible.
Yes. You may exercise outdoors while following CDC guidelines of social distancing.
They are considered transit and are exempt.
A special assessment is a charge placed on a property because that property receives a special benefit from the services or facilities that are funded by the special assessment. A street light special benefit is based on the provision that street lights specially benefit all of the improved parcels, whether residential or commercial, by protecting and enhancing their value, use and enjoyment. The provision of street lights provides better identification and recognition and can enhance safety and access to property. A special assessment is not a tax and is not based on the value of your property.
The streetlights are owned by either Duke Energy Corporation, Florida Power and Light, Orlando Utility Commission and The City of Oviedo.
Each parcel being assessed must receive a special benefit that equals or exceeds the amount of the special assessment actually imposed on the parcel. All developed parcels within the City benefit from street lighting services. Parcel apportionment is accomplished through the development of a base billing unit, called an Equivalent Benefit Unit (EBU).
One (1) EBU equals one (1) Single Family Residence, multifamily 10 units or 0.26 acres for General Service Parcels.
The proposed Non-Commercial assessment per residential unit is $78.13 per year.
General Service Parcels which include commercial and multi-family parcels with more than 10 units will be charged per 0.26 acres of property, or one Equivalent Benefit Unit(EBU), with a cap of 50 EBU’s
Assessments will be initiated in the fall of 2018 and will appear as a line item on your property tax bill. If you make monthly mortgage payments, it is likely that this amount will be escrowed by your mortgage and your monthly mortgage payment will include this assessment.
Street light services are currently paid by a gas tax revenue called the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT) and the City’s general fund. As automobiles continue to become more efficient and in some cases 100% electric, the LOGT fund will decline to the point where it could only cover construction costs for required transportation projects (i.e., new roadways, turn lanes, traffic signals, sidewalks, etc.).
Additionally, LOGT funds are allocated to municipalities based on the proportional share of transportation expenditures made by each municipality. Street light expenditures are an allowable expense from LOGT funds, but reduce the City’s ability to maintain and construct new roadways. By utilizing the street light assessment funding source, the ongoing costs of street lights can be covered and, at the same time, the City’s LOGT and general fund can be maximized.
The majority of municipalities fund their street lighting cost from their General Fund, Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT), or through special assessments. However, special assessments are becoming more common as they are seen as a more equitable way to pay for the service.
The assessment will fund energy costs associated with operating current street lighting in public rights of way city wide, maintenance of street lighting in public rights of way city wide, upgrading of existing street lighting to energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology and expanded lighting in non-lighted areas such as Mitchell Hammock Road.
No. Special assessments can only be used for the services or facilities for which they have been imposed.
Yes. However, as required by law, the assessment implementation documentation requires that assessments cannot be increased without first conducting a public hearing on the matter in front of the City Council.
Yes. There are a few areas within the City that have deficient street lighting. However, the street light assessment includes a small capital component to fund the installation of street lights in these deficient areas. Staff is proactively identifying these areas and will arrange for the installation of street lights.
Private communities are not exempt from the Streetlight Assessment. While many private/gated communities pay for their internal street lighting the City’s Street Lighting Assessment encompasses all public rights of way within the City. All residential and commercial property owners benefit from the City’s public road network and the lighting contained thereon. Additionally the Street Lighting Assessment will provide for the expansion of street lighting in currently unlit areas throughout the public road network and the upgrade of the existing street lighting system to new (LED) technology. Furthermore the City’s street lighting network enhances both the Police and Fire Department’s response times for all City properties and enhances nighttime pedestrian safety.
On Monday, August 20, 2018, at 6:30PM, at City Hall, a public hearing will be held during the Commission meeting for an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns. City Commission meetings are held at City Hall, 400 Alexandria Blvd, Oviedo.
If you have a question regarding the proposed street lighting assessment, you may contact the City of Oviedo at (407) 971-5550, Monday – Friday between 8:00am – 5:00pm.