City Council approved the 2021-2022 Budget and Capital Improvements Program at the Final Budget Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
For FY 2021-22, the citywide combined uses of funds including operations, transfers and fund balances/reserves total $1,004,135,600. The citywide total operating budget is $559,381,100 and the proposed General Fund operating portion of the budget is $204,188,600.
The FY 21-22 budget supports the goals and priorities established by the City Council during the May 2021 Goal Setting Session while maintaining the City’s outstanding service levels and AAA bond rating, with expenditures strategically linked to the goals, objectives, core businesses, and existing obligations of the City. Learn more about the goals and policy agenda priorities.
The approved total millage rate for FY 21-22 is 3.6785 which is slightly lower than the FY 20-21 rate. Additionally, there is no proposed increase for the annual fire assessment fee for FY 21-22.
The growth of the City has created a need to expand City services and operations. To implement the City Council’s direction to retain sanitation services in-house, sanitation rates will increase $.71 for a total of $24.29 per month for single-family residences, and $.43 for a total of $14.70 per month for multi-family dwellings. Additionally, utility rates will increase 3.5% or an average of $.86 per month. However, the City continues to have one of the lowest water and sewer rates in the state of Florida while providing the highest quality of utility services.
The City has also been allocated $12.2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funding. This funding is to help replenish revenue lost during the pandemic. The ARPA funds are included in revenue of FY 21-22 proposed budget - $7.2 million in the General Fund and $5 million in the Capital Improvements program.
To learn more about how your property taxes are spent, and by which agencies, you can view the Your Property Taxes Explained brochure.