Another photo of a ditch with water.
Photo of a ditch with water.
Photo of a ditch with water.

Welcome to the Haines City Water Control District

The Haines City Water Control District (the District) was originally created as the Haines City Drainage District No. 1, Laws of Florida, Chapters 13649 (1929) and 14517 (1929). Currently, the District operates as an independent special district under Chapter 2004-402, Laws of Florida, and under Chapters 189 and 298, Florida Statutes.

The Haines City Water Control District was created for the purposes of maintaining a drainage ditch that meanders in a southerly direction on both the east and west side of U.S. Highway 27 that is located within a defined geographic area lying generally on the western side of the corporate limits of Haines City, Florida, and Polk County.

WATER CONTROL PLAN -- On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the Board of Supervisors held a PUBLIC HEARING in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 620 East Main Street, Haines City, Florida, for the purpose of receiving comments on the District’s proposed water control plan and increase in non-ad valorem assessments. For additional information on this proceeding, please contact Secretary Linda Robinson at myhcwcd@gmail.com. 

It was necessary to prepare and consider an updated water control plan and to adopt an increase in non-ad valorem assessments to achieve financial sustainability in the annual budget process by levying such assessments to provide adequate revenues to pay for annual operating and capital costs associated with its required water control planning process, and to create necessary and reasonable reserves. The District water control plan and assessments are for the purpose of comprehensive water management and control toward development of lands within the District, and managing water by means of canals, ditches, levees, dikes, pumping, and other water control works and improvements toward making the lands within the District available and habitable for settlement and agriculture, for the public convenience, welfare, utility and benefit, and other purposes as provided by Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, and other applicable law. 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AUGUST 13, 2019

Owners of land situated within the Haines City Water Control District are hereby notified that the Board of Supervisors of the Haines City Water Control District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, in the Community Room of the Haines City Public Library, 111 North 6th Street, Haines City, Florida.   Matters to be considered at said public hearing shall include, but are not limited to, LEVYING AND PROVIDING FOR COLLECTION OF
ANNUAL NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS TO FUND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER CONTROL AND ACTIONS TO MAKE LANDS WITHIN THE DISTRICT AVAILABLE AND HABITABLE FOR SETTLEMENT AND AGRICULTURE.

At any meeting of the Haines City Water Control District any person, his/her agent, or attorney may appear and be heard. Any person desiring to appeal any decision made by the Haines City Water Control District with respect to any matter considered at the a meeting or hearing will need a record of proceedings and that for any such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based (FS 286.0150).
In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and F.S.S. 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in any proceeding should contact the secretary prior to the proceeding at 863-221-2516 for assistance.  If hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service numbers 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.

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