INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The city board recently unanimously approved the final budget and mileage rate for fiscal year 2021-2022.
During the second and final public hearing on the points, held on September 22 in the auditorium of the town hall, the committee voted 4-0 in favor of fixing the mileage, or the tax rate used to calculate the local property taxes, at 1.8326 mils, which would represent the lowest rate in Pinellas County.
A mill equals $ 1 for every $ 1,000 of assessed property value.
The committee also voted 4-0 in favor of the proposed final budget of $ 8,349,500. Commissioner Ed Hoofnagle was absent and apologized for the meeting.
According to City Manager Gregg Mims, the fact that there were no public comments or complaints about the numbers, which were discussed at length throughout the months-long budget process, is proof that the city does it right.
“I would like it on the record that I think the process we use, working with the commission and the public, from the thousandth rate to the proposed document to the details of the projects listed in the plan. ‘capital improvement, we have not received in any form or method a single objection to the budget,’ said Mims. “I think that says a lot about the process we use and the openness we have with the public and the people who own property here.”
Mims said it was clear that “we are running a pretty tight ship here,” as evidenced by everyone working together to find creative solutions to the city’s unique problems, including eliminating the construction service in favor of the services. County.
“We’ve been in this (contract) probably for two years and I’ve had two complaints all the time,” he said. “When we had our own store, it was almost a daily thing.”
Mims also thanked the commission, CFO Dan Carpenter and the public “for the positive support they have had for our budget,” and Mayor Joanne “Cookie” Kennedy was quick to praise him.
“I just want to say thank you too,” she told Mims. “In the eight years you’ve been here, you’ve brought us downsized (versions) of a lot of things. You’ve just steered a very tight ship.
The commission voted 4-0 in favor of the budget, which includes $ 3.9 million in general fund spending and includes improvements to the tennis courts at Kolb Park and a new fence at Campalong Field in 2022. A plan for Five-year capital improvement is evidenced by the drainage improvement projects, the construction of the dune and phase two of the Gulf Boulevard landfill project, which will receive an allocation of over $ 5.6 million in Penny for Pinellas.
The committee also unanimously approved an ordinance amending Chapter 50 of the city code on solid waste, which increases the fees and charges associated with garbage and garbage collection.
According to the budget document, residents will see a 6 percent rate increase for solid waste disposal, the city’s first such increase in three years.
“I think the increase is understandable given the changes to the tipping fee,” Hoofnagle said when the article first read on September 8, referring to recent increases at the county’s solid waste facility. . The article received no comments from the public or the commission during the second and final reading.