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.

PBC Water Utilities Department to change disinfectant process

Palm Beach County’s Water Utilities Department will use a “somewhat stronger disinfectant process” in flushing lines from June 20 to July 22.

In an email to county commissioners, Water Utilities Director Jim Stiles said the new process is being used to maintain high water quality in the county’s drinking water.

Residents serviced by the Water Utilities Department “may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during this period,” said Stiles, who added that “these temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects.”

The Palm Beach County Health Department has approved the new process, which Stiles said is widely practiced by water utilities across the country.

Those who use kidney dialysis machines, the owners of tropical fish and the managers of stores and restaurants with fish and shellfish holding tanks are being urged to seek professional advice on how to proceed.

Residents in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay will not be affected.