FY 2014-15 budget is largely unchanged from current year
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 3, 2014) – Manatee County property tax rates are unchanged in the $527 million spending plan Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker delivered to County Commissioners today.
Next year’s budget is the second year of a biennial budget, so most program funding levels remain unchanged from last year. Next year’s budget is about $7.8 million more than the current year’s budget but remains about $63.6 million less than it was in 2007.
As part of Hunzeker’s proposal for next year, no programs have been eliminated and the County will reduce its reliance on a budget stabilization fund that has helped avoid widespread service reductions during the Great Recession.
“It is very important to remember that we are operating at a deficit which means that the budget for programs supported by property taxes and general revenue is spending more money than we are taking in,” Hunzeker said.
Property values have risen approximately 6.7 percent rather than the 3 percent forecast during last year’s two-year budget rollout. The additional values will help Manatee County fund state mandates and some critical public safety and capital needs. Next year’s budget includes funding for compensation increases for employees and for new capital projects such as a new public safety radio system, a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) infrastructure and other technology upgrades.
“This budget recommendation will renew our efforts to step up capital investment, while creating jobs and taking advantage of low reasonable construction costs and interest rates,” Hunzeker said.
Today’s budget rollout was the first in a series of public meetings to discuss next year’s county budget. Other workshops and meetings are scheduled as follows:
· Fund Summary Review on Wed., June 4, 1:30 – 5 p.m., in the Manatee Room on the Fourth Floor of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W. This presentation will provide a summary of the county’s major financial funds. The county’s financial structure is made up of approximately 150 funds, each of which is a self-balancing entity, and is created for legal compliance, accountability requirements, or both.
· Decision Unit Review on Tues., June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Manatee Room on the Fourth Floor of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
· Constitutional Officers’ budget review on Wed., June 11, 1:30 – 5 p.m., in the First Floor Chambers of Manatee County Administration Building. Commissioners will review proposed budgets for Manatee Sheriff’s Office, Manatee Property Appraiser’s Office, the Supervisor of Elections’ Office, Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office and the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office.
· Capital Improvement Program (CIP) on Thurs., June 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Manatee Room on the Fourth Floor of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
· Budget public hearing on Thurs., June 12, 6 – 8 p.m., in the Manatee Room on the First Floor Chambers of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
· Special Meeting on Budget Reconciliation and adoption of a tentative millage rate on Wed., July 30, 1:30 – 5 p.m., First Floor Chambers of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.
Two additional public hearings will be held in September, before the final 2014-15 budget is adopted.
For more information on Manatee County’s proposed budget, visit www.mymanatee.org/budget
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