This page is published as a courtesy to Kingswood Manor Residents; however, the principles are applicable to several apartment type situations near the Town of Lake Placid.    Recently Highlands County changed its formely fantastic garbage service to include recycling.    Recycling is a worthwhile goal, however, regular garbage service changed to one pick up per week in a giant blue can, along with a green can for recycling.   Highlands County should be commended for its effort, however, many prefer the personal attention that can be provided by a small town service whose introductory town website says,  "Big Enough to Enjoy, Small Enough to Care."

The Lake Placid Town Council will be considering at the request of Kingswood Manor residents, a referendum election pursuant to Florida State Statute Chapter 171.   If accepted by both parties Kingwood Manor will be annexed into the Town of Lake Placid. 

After review the following facts are made know to Kingswood Manor residents.

The Town can provide Utility Services to each resident at a rate 25% less than residents are paying now.

The Town can provide garbage services to Kingswood Manor Residents with two pick ups per week, with garbage placed in the same manner as it currently is for $2,331 less than County services with more service - two garbage pick ups per week without the big blue can.   The Town also has a better debris pick up service with no requirement for tied or packaged debris, although leaves are preferred to be bagged.

A study was done at the request of some Kingswood Manor residents that analyzes each residence.   The study uses one year's water rates for the apartments and information obtained from the Highlands County Property Appraiser’s  website on taxable value.    Residents may double check all math themselves by obtaining your taxable value and multiplying it by .00365, the town's advalorum tax rate.

 Ultimately Town Council has the authority to adjust all rates. Using a rate that furnishes a lower rate requires the use of the Town's dumpster rates. This practice would require billing of the Homeowner's Association rather than billing through the Highlands County Tax Collector.

The Town of Lake Placid Town Administrator will be available on May 11th at 2PM and on May 16th at 2PM at Lake Placid Town Hall, 311 West Interlake Boulevard, to give presentations on this consideration for Kingswood Manor residents, and at any other time for individual meetings with residents.

If a sufficient number of Kingswood Manor Registered Voter Residents desire an election to decide annexation, the Town Administrator will present the petition to the Lake Placid Town Council and a referendum vote will be held by the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections.

This study was completed by Town Administrator Phil Williams - Telephone 863-699-3747



PS.   The Town would like to welcome the Pines of Lake Huntley Condominiums to the Town.    The residents of the Pines annexed into the Town by unanymous consent of all residents effective May 18th.   The Town was able to save them money of garbage pick-ups, give better service, and reduce their water bills.     And . . . they now have direct representation on their services through Town Government and access to a great town police service.