110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By BEACON STAFF
posted Jul 22, 2013 - 7:52:27am
Summer is government-budget season, and with the economic crunch easing and property values rising, at least three West Volusia cities are thinking of collecting more in property taxes.
DeLand, DeBary and Deltona all are considering property-tax millage rates above the rollback.
"Rollback" is the millage rate that would bring in the same amount of revenue as last year's tax rate.
With property values increasing for the first time since 2007, local governments would need to lower next year's tax rates to reap the same income as they had last year.
Instead, DeLand, Deltona and DeBary are all thinking about keeping their millage rates the same or raising them.
After a week of workshops on the city's budget, the DeLand City Commission July 15 voted to approve a preliminary millage rate that's slightly higher than the current tax rate.
The 7.2206-mill rate will produce a tax increase for 65.48 percent of DeLand property-tax-payers. There will be no change, or a decrease, in the city property taxes paid on 34.52 percent of the parcels in DeLand.
With only a token plea for tax relief from one member of the audience, the Deltona City Commission July 15 approved a tax rate of 7.99 mills, the highest millage of any local government in the county.
The rate represents a 4.6--percent tax increase over the rollback rate of 7.62 mills.
The DeBary City Council is set to consider a millage rate of 3.055, or roughly $3.06 on every $1,000 of property value. City Council members will vote on the rate at a special meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at City Hall, 16 Colomba Road.
Although the proposed rate is slightly lower than this year's 3.094 mills, it would still be a tax increase, because DeBary's rollback rate is 2.988 mills.
The rollback rate would bring in $4.06 million for DeBary city government. The proposed rate, on the other hand, would generate $4.2 million.
All the rates mentioned are preliminary tax rates. City governments are required by law to adopt preliminary rates during July. These rates can be lowered, but not raised, before being finalized in September.
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