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Downtown DeLand drone shot
PHOTO BY FLYING CAT DRONEWORKS/ANTHONY DeFEO VIEW FROM ABOVE — This photo, taken with a drone, shows Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand, looking west. Many landmarks can be seen, including the Historic Volusia County Courthouse, Volusia County’s Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, blocks of commercial buildings, and, of course, the historic Athens Theatre at the far end of Indiana Avenue.

Money matters on the horizon! The DeLand City Commission will meet Wednesday, Sept. 8, to discuss next year’s budget, which would increase property taxes. Other discussion topics include an increase in water rates.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, currently cashes in at roughly $109.8 million, with a millage rate of 6.7841. This rate is 4.05-percent higher than the rolled-back millage rate of 6.52 mills. 

To adopt the new budget, the city must hold two budget hearings, the first of which comes Sept. 8. The next budget hearing will come during the City Commission’s regular meeting Monday, Sept. 20.

On Sept. 8, the City Commission will also discuss higher water rates for DeLand customers, in part, to fund new capital projects. The proposed projects will, among other improvements, increase the amount of reclaimed water available to DeLand water customers. 

If approved, the new water rates will go into effect in October.

Other topics on the City Commission’s docket include the second reading of an ordinance tightening the city’s panhandling regulations.

The DeLand City Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the DeLand City Commission Chambers, DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. 

While typical City Commission meetings are on the first and third Monday of each month, the Sept. 8 City Commission meeting will be held on a Wednesday because of the Labor Day holiday.

All meetings are open to the public or available to watch live online, HERE.

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