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By Steve Steiner
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Food Truck, Other Ordinances, Resolutions Get OK; Millage Rate Unchanged


Last updated 9/17/2020 at 11:43am

A request by Front Page Brewing Company owners Bill and Johnnie Levin, 190 S. Florida Ave., for a proposed change was approved in a first reading and consideration by a 5-0 roll call vote at the Sept. 9 Bartow City Commission meeting. It would allow for a food truck to be on-site of brewery property during non-operating hours.

There are two versions the Levins proposed on Ordinance No. 2020-19. When presented to the Planning Commission of Aug. 24, the first version proposed by city staff requires any food truck to be owned and operated by the Levins. The second version, proposed by the couple, requires a food truck to either be owned or operated by the microbrewery.

The second and final hearing will be held at the Sept. 22 city commission meeting.


City Commissioners also unanimously approved Resolution Nos.: 20-4054-R; 20--4055-R; 20-4054-56-R; 20-4057-R; 20-4058-R; and 20-4059-R

Resolution No. 20-4054-R reimposes fire protection assessments against assessed property located within the city, beginning Oct. 1 of Fiscal Year 2020. Final fire protection rates for 2020-21 are:


Single family home/duplex

less than 1,250 sq.ft.: $54.98 per dwelling unit

1,250 - 2,000 sq. ft.: $63.46 per dwelling unit

Greater than 2,00 sq. ft.: $77.54 per dwelling unit

Multi-family: $123.89 per dwelling unit

Mobile home: $58.47 per dwelling unit/pod


Commercial: $97.18 per EBU*

Industrial/Warehouse: $23.52 per EBU*

Institutional: $220.56 per acre

Vacant land

less than 1 acre $12.51 per parcel

1-4.99 acres: $22.59 per parcel

5-9.99 acres: $42.34 per parcel

10-19.99 acres: $62.96 per parcel

20 acres or more: $90.25 per parcel

* EBU (Equivalent Benefit Unit) means 1,000 building square feet, calculated to exact square footage of a parcel. The minimum EBU is 1.0 per building, with a maximum of 38 EBUs.

Resolution No. 20-4055-R covers stormwater improvement and service assessment. Non-ad valorem rates for FY 2020-21 are:


Single family, duplex, mobile home: $52.38 for 1 (one) ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit)


Non-residential/Multi-Family: $52.38 per ERU

Vacant land:

Up to 25 acres: $5.26 @ 0.10 ERU

25.01-50 acres: $8.35 @ 0.15 ERU

Over 50 acres $27.46 @ 0.50 ERU

Resolution No. 20-4056-R approves a non-ad valorem assessment for costs and fees associated with the demolition of unsafe or otherwise offending structures, as well as for removal of weeks, noxious growth, rubbish accumulations and other insanitary material within the city of Bartow. Costs are individual to each property owner.


Resolution No. 20-4057-R: The tentative general millage rate for FY 2020-21 remains unchanged and remains at 3.0862 mills for property tax. Resolution No. 20-4058-R covers the estimated city budget for FY 2020-21.

Estimated revenues are projected to be $38,913,323 (general fund); $6,592,812 (special revenue); $88,388,294 (enterprise fund) for a total of $133,894,429.

Expenditures are $20,908,507 (general fund); 4,958,664 (special revenue); $49m197,882 (enterprise fund) for a total of $133,894,429.


The final resolution approved, No. 2059-R, which endorses and supports Polk County in its grant application to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) for funding improvement to the Bartow State Livestock and Crops Pavilion (also known as the Polk County Agricultural Center and UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Complex).

If approved, the funds will go toward facility renovation and improvements to the Stuart Conference Center, the Paul Hayman Arena and barns, as well as four meeting room spaces of the main complex building.

In other matters, commissioners approved an additional $10,000 to Main Street Bartow, bringing it to a total of $20,000. Main Street Bartow derives much of its funding from events staged throughout the year, and like other organizations and businesses, has been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Author Bio

Steve Steiner, Executive Editor

Steve came out of a two-year retirement to helm Following a career in journalism/advertising/public relations --- at one point being a partner in an advertising/PR agency --- he shifted professions and focused on food service and hospitality before returning to journalism. As a journalist, rose from reporter to sections editor to managing/executive editor with newspapers in North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. He is enjoying restoring a quality news site for his adopted hometown. Send him your story ideas.


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