110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Sep 9, 2013 - 8:48:30am
With no public comment pro or con, the Deltona City Commission Sept. 3 quickly approved a tentative 2013-14 property-tax rate and budget.
After no one from the audience chose to speak about the fiscal package, city commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of the tax and spending resolutions.
Two commissioners, Vice Mayor Zenaida Denizac and Webster Barnaby, were absent from the meeting because of family matters.
If the package is approved at a second hearing Sept. 16, Deltona will retain the highest millage rate among local governments in Volusia County: 7.99 mills, or $7.99 per $1,000 of taxable value.
That rate is the same as for 2012-13, but it it is 4.8 percent higher than the rollback rate of 7.62, or $7.62 per $1,000 of taxable value. Rollback is the rate that would generate property-tax revenues equal to those of the year before.
Because property values are again rising from year to year, rollback is generally lower than the current rate.
At the 7.62-mill rate approved Tuesday, owners of property inside Deltona overall will pay 4.8 percent more in property taxes, because the values of land and buildings within the city rose over the past year. Deltona's tax base amounts to $1.54 billion, according to the Volusia County Property Appraiser's Office.
During the next fiscal year, the City of Deltona proposes to spend a grand total of $130 million. The general fund — the portion of the budget that includes fire protection and emergency medical services, parks and recreation, code enforcement, and the upkeep of most municipal buildings — amounts to some $50 million. The general fund is the portion of the budget that relies on property taxes for some, but not all, of its funding. Other portions of the budget include enterprise funds (for water, sewer and stormwater systems), which generate revenue, and capital projects.
The Deltona City Commission will conduct its final public hearing and vote on the millage and budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. The new fiscal year for Deltona and local governments throughout Florida begins Oct. 1.
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