TAMPA — With rain from the outer bands of Hurricane Hermine flooding streets in South Tampa, the City Council late Thursday approved a new yearly fee to pay for better drainage citywide. “A huge victory for our neighborhoods,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said after the vote. “Now, for the first time in countless years, we can invest in infrastructure for a system that is over 100 years old.” With the approval, anyone who owns developed property in Tampa will begin paying an annual assessment that will show up for the first time on next year’s property tax bill. The new fee starts at $45 per year for the owner of a medium-sized home, ramping up over six years to $89.55 a year.
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