The Nassau County Commission on Monday adopted a $203.5 million spending plan for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, relying on increased property tax rates (on rising property values) and the one cent sales tax to cover operating expenses that are up, said the budget director, due to more than a dozen new hires, a 25 percent increase in healthcare costs, and Hurricane Irma storm damage.
Assistant County Manager Justin Stankiwiecz, who is also the Office of Management and Budget director, said the budget is up about $2 million since the tentative plan was approved Sept. 25.
The vote was 4-0. Commission Chair Danny Leeper did not attend the meeting. Commissioner Steve Kelley chaired the meeting.
In addition to adopting the budget, the board also agreed to change fiscal policy and take money collected through the penny sales tax, initially set years ago to cover capital projects, to help pay for day-to-day operations.
Here’s the decision:
- Commissioner Leeper: Absent
- Commissioner Kelley: Yes
- Commissioner Pat Edwards: Yes
- Commissioner George Spicer: Yes
- Commissioner Justin Taylor: Yes
While the fiscal year started Oct. 1, Irma’s arrival last month interrupted the board’s meeting schedule and deadline to pass the budget.
There were no comments from commissioners or citizens at the final public hearing on the new budget held during the Oct. 9 board meeting.
The new millage rates total 8.3385, according to Mr. Stankiewicz.
This includes the proposed countywide millage rate of 6.5670 (up 6.11 percent over the rollback rate), the municipal service taxing district of 1.6694 (up 4.63 percent), and the beach tax, known as the Amelia Island Beach Renourishment of 0.1021 (up 7.70 percent).
The rollback rate is the millage rate that would calculate the same ad valorem (property) tax revenue levied during the previous budget year.
The Nassau County Recreation and Water Conservation and Control District #1 holds at zero, according to the support document filed with the agenda.
Find the county’s numbers here: