Oviedo in the News

Thursday, January 13, 2022

OITN Solary Opening Celebration

Save the date: Solary Park Opening Celebration

The City of Oviedo cordially invites you to attend the opening celebration for Solary Park. This recently-completed project was made possible through a partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and provides the area with amenities, boardwalks, and includes an enhanced stormwater management system that supports the development of Oviedo’s historic commercial district.

5 p.m. Friday, February 4 
Solary Park
239 Geneva Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765.

Details to follow and will be announced via City Administration and Rec & Parks social media as well as the January 27 Oviedo in the News. We can't wait to see you there!




The Oviedo City Council is expected to decide on two separate fees for City residents. 

The proposed fees will help generate revenue to combat the rising costs of providing two services to City residents: water and sewer utilities; and fire services. 

The Council discussed the two, separate fees at its January 10 Work Session. Read on for more details.


The City Council is expected to hear Resolution No. 4174-22, Utility Rates, Service Charges and Fee Schedules, at its Tuesday, January 18 City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 400 Alexandria Blvd. in Oviedo.

Notice of the proposed increase and January 18 meeting was included in your most recent utility statement. 

Rising Costs
Costs of providing water and sewer utilities have increased over the last fiscal year. Resolution No. 4174-22 would help generate revenue to offset those rising costs. 

  • Projected chemical increases for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget are approximately $148,400. 
  • In addition, due to the ongoing labor shortage and increased competition within the job market, it is anticipated that the City will need to move to the mandated $15 per hour minimum wage much sooner than planned. 

Included in the Amendment
Each year, the City’s Water and Sewer utility rates are automatically adjusted according to the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Customers (CPI-U). The automatic annual increase has a minimum floor of 3 percent and a maximum increase of percent. Should the increase be greater than five percent, City Council approval is required. 

Through the Adopted Budget, City Council previously approved the minimum 3 percent increase totaling $459,323 effective October 1, 2021. However, that increase has not been implemented due to the CPI-U increase being 5.3 percent, .3 percent above the cap and requiring the City Council’s approval - generating the need for this Amendment to include the total 5.3 percent increase and a measure to allow for a more streamlined process in the future. 

To develop the utility rate, The City worked with Willdan Financial Services, a financial consultant, to determine if revenues were adequate to support the City’s utilities over a ten-year forecast period such that all the required operating expenses, debt service, capital expenses, and transfers could be funded by reserves and revenues of the utility system. The 5.3 percent increase is expected to generate $540,980 in revenue for the remainder of the year, helping alleviate the impact of the projected increased costs.

The Amendment also includes a measure that would align the timing of rate calculations that will allow staff to facilitate discussions with Council ahead of its budget process.

If the proposed 5.3 percent increase is approved, the new utility rates will become effective February 1, 2022. 

For more information, review the associated materials in the January 18 packet online. To watch Council discuss this topic, view the January 10 Work Session video. To review associated materials from that meeting, the January 10 Work Session packet is available online

Please see the below section "Resources for Residents" to learn more on how you may participate in your local government.



At its January 10 Work Session, City Council also discussed creating a Fire Assessment District. This Non-ad Valorem assessment would be a fee levied on real property but not based on the value of your property (like property taxes). 

Non-ad Valorem assessments are charged to cover the costs associated with a specific benefit to the property. In this case, fire protection services.

The Need for a Fire Assessment District
Since the great recession of 2008, the City of Oviedo’s Ad-Valorem, or property tax revenue, has not covered the cost of the City’s Public Safety Services.  As illustrated in the chart below, over this period, public safety expenses have increased at a greater rate than Ad Valorem (property tax) revenue.  If adopted, the Non-Ad Valorem Fire Assessment will help close this gap and provide a more stable operational foundation for Fire protection services.

public safety expenses

Funding fire protection services through a Non-Ad Valorem Fire Assessment ensures that all property owners that benefit from the service contribute to the cost of the service. If passed, each property owner in the City of Oviedo would pay a proportional share of the costs of fire services. The goal of a Non-Ad Valorem Fire Assessment program is to create a more stable funding source that does not fluctuate with economic cycles and the change in assessed value of real property.

Read more online in the Fire Assessment District FAQ

What's Next
The City must first establish the boundaries of a Fire Special Assessment District by ordinance. The boundaries of the Fire Special Assessment District will be the city limits of the City of Oviedo.  

The City, with assistance from financial consultant Willdan Financial Services, will refine the details of the Non-ad Valorem fire assessment methodologies and select a preferred methodology that will be used to calculate the Non-ad Valorem Fire Assessment.

All official actions in respect to the establishment of the Non-Ad Valorem Fire Assessment will be presented to the City Council for consideration. These actions will appear on future City Council work session and regular meeting agendas. Agendas and packets that contain associated materials are published five days prior to a meeting date. You may also sign up for City meeting alerts

At its January 10 Work Session, Council discussed the Fire Assessment District. To view that discussion, watch the January 10 Work Session video. To review associated materials from that meeting, the January 10 Work Session packet is available online

Please see the below section "Resources for Residents" to learn more on how you may participate in your local government.


  • Watch the January 10 Work Session via the City's YouTube channel. The meeting begins at the 15:00 mark. Watch all live or recorded City public meetings on the City's YouTube channel.
  • Read related materials in the January 10 Work Session Agenda and Packet. All City public meeting materials are housed on the PrimeGov website.
  • Subscribe to the Calendar "City Public Meetings," where you can select to receive text and/or email alerts for City Public Meetings. 
  • Attend future City Council meetings and provide public comment. View the City calendar for more information.
  • Correspond with your elected officials. The City of Oviedo has an at-large form of council government. All members of the City Council represent all residents. Click on each elected official to read their bio and view contact information.

Board VacancyCity council meeting Tuesday, January 18

Please note the Tuesday meeting date.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18
City Hall
400 Alexandria Blvd.
Oviedo, FL 32765

Watch live and previously-recorded meetings on the City YouTube Channel

Access meeting agenda, packet, and other documents online.

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fdot open house meeting: widening 426/419

The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house informational meeting about its project to widen 426/419 from Pine Ave. to Adeline B Tinsley Way. Please note this meeting is an open house format with an opportunity to view various FDOT presentation materials and interact with FDOT staff. 

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13
Oviedo City Hall
400 Alexandria Blvd.

Full Details: https://www.cityofoviedo.net/Calendar.aspx?EID=971

For questions, comments, or more info:
(407) 278-2713

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Boston Hill Park is Now Open

The newly-renovated playground at Boston Hill Park is now open!

Boston Hill Park
777 S Central Avenue
Oviedo, FL 32765

Open daily from dawn until 10 p.m. Learn more about the park online.


Fire and Rescue report 

New Year, New Opportunities To Mitigate Hazards

Chief WoodwardWith 2021 in our rear-view mirror and another successful Santa Run behind us, we can focus on 2022 and making this the best and safest year yet. 

Our community is still seeing the effects of the COVID virus. 

Please continue to take precautions, and follow the latest CDC guidelines. Testing and vaccination sites are still active throughout Seminole County.

Even though we live in the Sunshine State, cold weather can still be an impact. 

Heating fires are one of the leading causes of house fires during the months of December, January, and February. 

  • Here are some important facts that can help prevent fires in your home during the colder months. 


Many use space heaters to heat their homes. 

  • Here are some quick facts to consider when using fireplaces and or space heaters in your home.


Stay warm, and stay safe!

Chief Michael Woodward 
Oviedo Fire and Rescue

Oviedo City Leaders Help Register High School Students to vote

Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladek and Councilmember Keith Britton helped Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Chris Anderson and team register and pre-register 400 Oviedo High School students at a Voter Registration Drive Wednesday, January 12. Click the post below to view it on Facebook. 

Thank you for helping foster civic engagement in our community!

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Visit Seminole County online at PrepareSeminole.org to view all the latest COVID-19 information

At PrepareSeminole.org, you'll find: 

  • County-sponsored vaccine availability (varies by date, time, and location throughout Seminole County)
  • Links to other vaccine availability (such as pharmacies, retailers, and other entities offering the vaccine)
  • COVID-19 testing information
  • and more

Call Seminole County at (407) 665-0000 for more information.

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Roadway bulletins & Alerts 

Geneva Drive Lane Closure

The westbound lane of Geneva Drive from the roundabout to the Old Post Office will be closed Thursday, January 13th from 9:30 AM to 2 PM for sidewalk construction.

Maintenance of traffic will be in place to route vehicles safely around the work zone. 

Please drive with caution if traveling in this area.

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Join the Oviedo Police Department in the 9 p.m. routine

Oviedo PD sends a friendly reminder every night through social media to head out to make sure you've done the #9pmRoutine: A nightly plan to make your vehicle and home more secure. It's important because thieves often look for opportunities such as unlocked doors and unlocked vehicles. At 9 p.m. remember to: 

-Check your vehicle for visible valuables
-Lock car doors
-Make sure your home is well-lit
-Lock all your doors

Join the conversation with #HeyOviedo and #9pmRoutine or share our posts on FB and help spread the word.