SEMINOLE - At its Sept. 24 meeting, the Seminole City Council voted unanimously to pass the 2014 millage rate and various budgets.
Mayor Leslie Waters and Councilor Patricia Plantamura weren’t in attendance for the meeting.
The council passed ordinance 08-2013, which establishes a millage rate of 2.4793 at $2,421,879 for the fiscal year 2014. This is a 2.7 increase over the rolled back rate of 2.4142. Harry Kyne, director of administration, said the upcoming fiscal year’s millage rate will only cost the city “13 cents to the dollar” and is “16 percent of the total revenue for the city of Seminole.”
Ordinance 09-2013 adopts the general fund, special events fund, debt services fund and tree/landscape mitigation fund budgets for fiscal year 2014. The general funds operating budget is $14,646,868, a 3.7 percent decrease in appropriations from the prior year budget.
The special events fund budget is $93,755; the debt service fund is $713,660; and the tree/landscape mitigation budget is $50,000.
In other action items, the council:
• Authorized funds the Recreation Division to purchase new furniture for the Recreation Center’s teen room. The original furniture was purchased in 2005 and is broken. Up to $1,200 in funds, which will come from the Capital Improvement Project Fund, is available for the new furniture.
• Permitted the city manager to enter into service agreements with Natural Design Landscaping for the grounds maintenance of Seminole Recreation Center, Seminole City Park, Tennis Club Park, Public Works Administration and Public Works Operations facilities. NDL provided the lowest bids for the work. The 36-month contract, which has two one-year extension options, will cost the city $8,400 per year for the recreation center, $4,680 per year for Seminole City Park and $4,800 per year for the other facilities combined.
• Allowed the city manager to enter into service agreements with Earth Designs for grounds maintenance at Seminole City Hall and various city lots. Earth Designs made the lowest bids for the sites, offering to do the work at City Hall for $6,900 per year, and the lots for $1,800 per year. The city will enter a 36-month contract, with two one-year extension options, with the company.