Hillsborough County government provides solid waste collection, disposal, and/or recycling services for nearly 300,000 residential households in unincorporated Hillsborough County and the New Tampa area. These services are billed on an annual assessment and shown on the property tax bill. This is not part of your Ad Valorem taxes but a Non-Valorem special assessment to cover solid waste collection and disposal services.
Under Florida law, the assessments may not exceed the fair and reasonable portion of the cost to the County for providing the service.
Types of Charges
The charges will be shown in two different line items on your tax bill:
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Solid Waste Collection
The Solid Waste Disposal Assessment includes the cost to dispose of your solid waste, which includes the operation of the County’s waste to energy facility, landfill, transfer stations, community collection centers, yard waste processing facilities, and household hazardous waste collection centers.
The Solid Waste Collection Assessment includes the cost to collect your solid waste, recycling, and yard waste at the curbside, and the cost to purchase your solid waste and recycling carts.
Proposed 2020 Rates
The proposed Solid Waste Collection Assessment rate for 2020 is $131.43 per residential dwelling unit, or a $0.00 increase over the current assessment.
The proposed Solid Waste Disposal Assessment rate for 2020 is $102.89 per residential dwelling unit, or a $5.36 increase per unit over the current assessment:
- Single Family $102.89
- Single Family, Senior Citizen $73.32
- Condominium (partial billing unit) $66.30
- Condominium, Senior Citizen $46.23
Why is the increase being proposed?
The Solid Waste Management Division is an enterprise fund which means the cost of service is covered by funds generated by their customers (rate payers). The Solid Waste Management Division receives no funding from the property taxes. The cost of disposal services has steadily increased, as 80 percent of these services are contracted through private companies with contracts that escalate annually. The additional revenue will also fund Capital Improvement Projects that will provide for safer and easier access to the community collection centers and disposal facilities.
Will my solid waste or recycling services be changing?
No, there will be no change to your service level, service day, or your service provider.
When is the hearing to adopt the rates?
A public hearing on these proposed rates and adoption of an assessment roll will take place on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 10 AM in the County Commissioners’ 2nd floor Board Room of County Center, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.
You can appear at this hearing and/or file written objections within 20 days of the notice mailed to each residential property owner to:
Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division
PO Box 1110
Tampa, Florida, 33601
When is the assessment payment due?
If approved by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the bill reflecting the new rate will be payable on or before March 31, 2020, with discounts for early payment as noted on the property tax bill. Many homeowners’ mortgages companies pay this with the property tax bill.
How does this rate compare to other rates in the county?
Hillsborough County offers the lowest rates compared to the surrounding municipalities:
- Hillsborough County Solid Waste Disposal and Collection, proposed 2020: $234.32
- City of Tampa Solid Waste Disposal and Collection: $418.92
- City of Plant City Solid Waste Disposal and Collection: $336.36
- City of Temple Terrace Solid Waste Disposal and Collection: $314.52
Who can I call to discuss this increase?
Questions regarding the proposed assessments can be addressed with Hillsborough County Public Works Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680.