Board of County Commissioners Meeting Recap for Sept. 7, 2023
During the Sept. 7, 2023 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, commissioners recognized Louis and Anita Capdevila, who are well known for their entrepreneurship and mission work in the county, including helping provide work and housing opportunities for immigrant families.
The board also recognized the Travails and Triumphs exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center. The exhibition highlights African American culture in Hillsborough County through artwork depicting 500 years of local Black history. Its mission is to show the hardships the Black community faced over centuries, as well as highlight the achievements made by Black residents in Hillsborough County.
Commissioners approved rate increases for water customers, which includes drinking water, wastewater, and reclaimed water services. Residents can expect a 5% increase in their water bill beginning in October 2025 and for the seven years following.
The board also approved a state-funded grant for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County for fiscal year 2024. The $66,000 grant will go toward promoting the development of artists, institutions, and community organizations that focus on the arts.
Emergency Management staff provided a report to the Board regarding the 2023 Hurricane Season, including what residents can expect and how the County is prepared. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is predicting up to five major hurricanes in the Atlantic, with peak season expected through Oc. 10. September is National Preparedness Month, and as residents recently experienced with Hurricane Idalia, being prepared is the best defense against a storm. Residents are reminded to stay informed by visiting the County's website, HCFLGov.net, and to sign up for HCFL Alert, the County's emergency notification system.
The next BOCC regular meeting is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. You can watch the meeting live on YouTube on the Hillsborough County Meetings channel.
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