TARPON SPRINGS – In the first reading of the fiscal year 2014 budget, the Tarpon Springs City Commission voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve a tentative millage rate of 5.45, the same rate since 2011.
In a mostly empty City Hall, the special Commission meeting lasted just five minutes, with the only public comment coming from Marty Peters, the chair of the budget advisory committee. Peters recommended maintaining the millage rate and, as he called it, status quo.
“We want to maintain reserves as best we can in such an uncertain state of economy during such fragile recovery,” Peters said. “Next year, we’ll have a much better handle on if (the economy) actually is getting better. Then we can consider serious changes.”
With a 5.45 millage rate, Tarpon Springs would generate nearly $7 million for the general fund, some of which would go to City Hall building improvements. The general fund budget itself was set at $21.148 million.
At a tax rate of $5.45 per $1,000, houses valued at $200,000 would owe $1,090 in property taxes at the end of the year.
The 2014 budget is set at $21.1 million, including $50,000 for taser replacements in the police department and $25,000 to resurface the tennis and basketball courts in Dorsett Park.