Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners began the business of next year’s budget with a marathon last week.

The BOCC met over more than five hours divided by a lunch break last week as commissioners begin the task of crafting a budget for the next fiscal year.

The BOCC has until the end of the month to establish a tentative millage rate for the Florida Department of Revenue.

That rate will go out on Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices.

The BOCC will have until September to finalize the budget and millage rate; once established at the end of this month, the tentative millage rate can not go up, though commissioners could still bring it down.

Commissioners said they were seeking to trim as much as $2 million from the budgets provided by departments and constitutional officers.

That initial budget came with a millage rate of 7.8393, said Clerk of Courts Becky Norris. That would be nearly 27 percent above the rollback rate.



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