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Date of Issue: October 01, 2008

Holmes Beach approves new budget

Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously approved a 2008-09 budget of $4.325 million at their Sept. 23 public hearing on the budget, a decline of 12.7 percent from last year’s budget, city treasurer Rick Ashley said.

The city’s ad valorem millage rate for the coming tax year will be 1.5989, down from 1.8315.

Including reserves and carryovers, the total city budget is $8.127 million.

Ashley said revenues are down in the current budget because of a corresponding decline in property values.

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he had “many compliments to the staff” for their hard work and preparation of the budget.

The new rate of 1.5989 mills represents a 12.7 percent decrease from the rollback rate of 1.8315. Taxing authorities are required by state law to begin their budget process with a rollback of the millage rate to a rate which will generate the same revenue as in the previous year.

A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of property less any exemptions. The rate can be lowered through the adoption of the budget at public hearings on the spending plan, but, once a tentative millage rate is established, it cannot be raised by the commission only lowered.

For a house valued at $525,000 in Holmes Beach, minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from the city for the next year will be $799.45.

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