County continues to look at millage increase

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

Enthusiasm was lacking but the Board of County Commissioners approved a millage rate and 2013-14 budget during the first public budget hearing Tuesday night.

After commissioners discussed but failed to act on any substantive changes to the budget – other than approving some department- or agency-centric changes in cash carry forward – they reluctantly approved a budget that will mean an 11.94 increase in the millage rate.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

The rollback rate, that rate at which the county would bring in the same property tax as the current fiscal year is actually above the current millage rate, due in part to declining property values, so while the millage rate is up, the 11.94 percent does not reflect true increases in revenue.

The overall budget, which includes all sources of revenue including grants, will drop from $32.66 million last year to $30.542.

Total property tax collections in the general fund would be $9.260 million, down from $9.389 million last year.

The proposed aggregate millage, including general fund and fire zones, is 6.8740. The current millage is 6.0553 and the rollback rate is 6.1408.

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