South Florida Water Management District OKs new budget with no tax rate increase

nckrnyt9Tax rates for the South Florida Water Management District won’t go up for a sixth straight year.

On Tuesday in West Palm Beach, the 16-county district’s governing board approved a $726.6 million budget for 2016-2017 in which property owners will pay $33.07 per $100,000 of taxable land value, the agency said in a release.

The budget comes from a mix of property taxes and other income from local, state and federal sources, as well as fees, investments and farming taxes.

About 85 percent of the budget goes for flood control, operations and maintenance of lands, as well as ongoing restoration goals. That includes $54.1 million for the next phases of an $880 million plan to improve Everglades water quality. The release said the budget contains $234 million in state money to accelerate restoration projects.

First of two hearings on Palm Beach County budget set for tonight

moneypalm-beach-county-logoThe first of two hearings on Palm Beach County’s $4.33 billion 2016-2017 budget is set for 6 p.m. tonight,

The commission is likely to keep its tax rate at $4.78 per $1,000 of taxable value, unchanged for a sixth straight year.

If the proposed budget is approved on the second vote, Sept, 19, the county would collect $789.6 million in property taxes in 2017. That’s $59.6 million more than was collected in 2016 because property values have continued their post-recession climb.

Because the tax rate that property owners pay to help repay the county government’s bond debt is shrinking from 15 cents per $1,000 taxable value in 2016 to 13 cents per $1,000 in 2017, the combined county tax rate would be $4.91 per $1,000, 2 cents less than this year’s rate.

At the proposed combined rate, the owner of a $250,000 house with a homestead exemption who paid about $986 in county property taxes in 2015-2016 would see the value of his home increase to $251,750 and pay about $991 in property taxes in 2016-2017. The increase in home value is based on the 0.7 percent maximum increase allowed for homesteaded homes this year under Florida’s Save our Homes constitutional amendment.

That tax figure does not include municipal taxes or taxes levied by other entities such as the School Board and South Florida Water Management District.

Palm Beach County Commission Hearing for 2016-2017 Budget

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

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Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County OKs 2016-2017 budget

Solid-Waste-AuthorityThe board of the Solid Waste Authority approved at its meeting Wednesday a nearly $280 million 2016-2017 budget in which the annual trash-disposal fee that all homeowners in Palm Beach County are assessed would remain unchanged in 2016-2017.

For 2015-2016, the authority — county commissioners sit as its governing board — had dropped the assessment for a single-family household from $175 to $170, a reduction of about 3 percent from the previous year. That rate will be unchanged for 2016-2017.

Rates also will be unchanged this year for commercial customers, who saw a 5 percent to 6 percent decrease for 2015-2016 from 2014-2015.

Wednesday’s vote was 6-0. Commissioner Steven Abrams, who also serves on the county’s canvassing board, had warned that his duties in relation to Tuesday’s election might force him to miss Wednesday’s meeting.

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Palm Beach County Clerk Bock: I’ll close Royal Palm Beach center on Fridays

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Describing it as yet another consequence of what she’s called deficient money from the state, Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock said Friday she’s closing her “Midwestern Communities” service center in Royal Palm Beach on Fridays.

The new hours start Aug. 5 at the center, at 200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500.

Bock has said her budget took a $2.6 million cut this budget year, leading to layoffs and branch closings. She already closed operations on Fridays last year at her offices in the North County and South County courthouses.

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Palm Beach County OKs capping property tax rate

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Post on Growth

moneyPalm Beach County Commissioners voted Tuesday to cap the 2016-2017 property tax rate at no more than its current $4.78 per $1,000 of taxable value. That would keep the rate unchanged for a sixth straight year.

If the proposed budget is approved, the county would collect $786.7 million in property taxes, $56.8 million more than was collected in 2016 because property taxes have continued their post-recession climb.

 

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

PBC staff to present proposed FY ’17 budget today

Palm Beach County’s staff will present its proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 during a meeting scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. today at the Weisman Governmental Center.

Staff is recommending that property tax rates be held steady, but, because property values are rising, taxpayers would pay a combined $56.8 million more in taxes in 2017 than they are paying this year.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker has said the county needs the additional revenue generated by rising property taxes to continue providing expected levels of service to county residents.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more this topic.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker
County Administrator Verdenia Baker