What is the Public Service Tax?

The Public Service Tax (PST) is a 10% tax on water utility customers inside the City of Cocoa limits beginning October 1, 2017 that was first approved by Council on August 8, 2017 with a second reading and final adoption on August 22, 2017.  The Public Service Tax is only calculated on water base fee and consumption, not the entire utility bill which could include sewer and reuse.  Customers can expect to see the first billing of the PST on their November 2017 utility bill.       

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1. What is the Public Service Tax?
2. Why was the Public Service Tax implemented?
3. When was the Public Service Tax Implemented?
4. What is the connection to the City's Strategic Plan?
5. Why not reduce expenses?
6. Why not use the City's reserves instead of implementing the tax?
7. What costs are contributing to the increase in the budget?
8. How can the City impose this tax?
9. Is this Public Service Tax implemented in other municipalities?
10. What will the average increase on my water bill be?
11. What if City Council did not adopt the Public Service Tax?