Anna Maria cancels budget meeting

At their July 24 meeting, Anna Maria commissioners set the tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2014-15 at 2.05 mills, and scheduled the first public hearing on the budget for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

The 2014-15 budget proposed by Mayor SueLynn July 16 is $3.38 million at an ad valorem tax rate of 2.05 mills.

Commissioner Dale Woodland voted against the hearing date. He said previously he wanted to first discuss spending.

Commission Chair Chuck Webb said the tentative rate is “not the final word on the millage.” The commission can’t raise the millage above 2.05, but can approve a lower millage.

Millage is the percentage of the taxable value of a property that the city charges a property owner. If a property owner has a home appraised for tax purposes at $500,000, with millage rate of 2.05, the owner would pay $1,025 in property taxes.

With only three Anna Maria commissioners available, Commission Chair Chuck Webb canceled the budget work session that was set for July 23.

Webb said the budget is the most important issue the commission takes up every year, and have as many commissioners as possible participate in discussion of the budget is almost a necessity.

Commissioners had planned a line-item review at the July 23 session, but that will have to wait until the regular Aug. 6 work session, city clerk Diane Percycoe said.

The commission must establish a tentative millage rate before public hearings on the budget begin in September.

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