Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement (ISBA)

Interlocal Service Boundary Agreements (ISBA)

Since 1974, Chapter 171 - Part I of the Florida Statutes (FS) set forth the required procedures for adjusting the boundaries of municipalities through annexation and includes the criteria to determine when annexations may take place. In 2006, in an effort to provide an alternative approach to municipal annexation, the Florida Legislature amended the chapter to include FS171 - Part II [Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement ISBA Act]. The intent of the Act is to encourage local governments to jointly determine how to provide services to residents in the most efficient and effective manner while balancing the needs of the community. As a result, ISBAs encourage intergovernmental coordination in planning, service delivery, and boundary adjustments. This promotes sensible municipal boundaries that reduce costs and avoids duplicating local services.

  • Read the complete Florida Statute on ISBAs here.
  • Eustis' Proposed ISBA Map


  •  Does the ISBA apply to my property?
    • When approved, there will be two provisions affecting property owners and residents.
      • The first provision will provide nearest station emergency response for both fire protection and EMS services, thereby providing more efficient and cost effective services to the public.
      • The second provision will allow for noncontiguous annexations of properties within the designated boundary. See the map above.

  • Do I have to annex into the City?
    • For most residents within the ISBA boundary area, the answer is no. The ISBA allows voluntary annexations of property that may not meet the requirements of Chapter 171 - Part I. However, this agreement does not generally require annexation, unless annexation agreements are already in place.
      • Cities are allowed to require annexation under certain conditions, for example, when new water service is requested.
    • Some properties located in unincorporated Lake County with established annexation agreements already in place will be required to annex.
      • The subdivisions of Redtail and Sorrento Springs will be required to annex following ISBA adoption and Serenity at Redtail when the development becomes contiguous to the city limits.

  • If I live in an area that would require annexation:
    • Would my property taxes change?
      • Depending on the value of your home, your taxes may stay the same, decrease or increase. The break-even threshold would apply to a home with an assessed value of approximately $100,000.

    • What changes would there be in the municipal services I already receive and what additional services would I receive?
      • A 25% reduction in your monthly water, sewer and reclaimed water service rate.
        • Note: City utility customers pay a small utility tax. For a typical customer, this amounts to approximately 50 cents or less per month.
      • Fire protection services from the ISO class 2 rated Eustis Fire Department. This rating may allow for a reduction in your homeowner's insurance.
      • Services from the accredited Eustis Police Department law enforcement agency. 
      • A new Eustis Police/Fire substation planned in your neighborhood will provide faster response times.
      • Access to the Eustis Memorial Public Library including online services ie. online magazines, newspapers, Ancestory.com, and other programs and services. 
      • Access to in-city resident Parks and Recreation programs.
      • You and your family would become part of a fiscally sound, politically stable and progressive community. 

  • If I am a current Eustis resident how would the ISBA affect me?
    • You will benefit from the nearest station emergency response system.
    • Additional revenues from the ISBA growth area will allow for greater and higher quality services and offer a potential reduction in property millage (tax) rates.

 

ISBA Process

  • On March 17, 2016, Eustis City Commission approved Resolution 16-27 initiating the Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement process.
    • Video from the meeting is available here.
  • On May 3, 2016, Mount Dora City Council approved their Responding Resolution.
    • An audio recording from the meeting is available here.

  • On May 17, 2016, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved their Responding Resolution.
    • Video from the meeting is available here (48:30).
  • On Feb. 2, 2017 Eustis City Manager Ron Neibert provided an update to Commission on the ISBA and requested permission to begin Impasse Proceedings.
    • Video from the meeting is available here.

  • On Feb. 16, 2017 Eustis City Commission approved Resolution 17-17 declaring an impasse in ISBA negotiations.
    • Video from the meeting is available here.
  • On March 2, 2017, Eustis City Commission held a Workshop to discuss the ISBA.
    • Video from that Workshop is available here.
  • On March 27, 2017, the Cities of Eustis and Mount Dora and Lake County held a Conflict Assessment Meeting Pertaining to the ISBA.
    • An audio recording of the meeting is available here.