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Leon Budget Nears Final Step

Leon County Courthouse,
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Leon County Commissioners held the first of two required public hearings on $246 million  spending plan Tuesday.

Along with the budget County Administrator Vince Long says officials also set a property tax rate.

“The proposed aggregate millage rate is 8.8144 mills. Which is 1.32% over the aggregate rolled back millage rate,” Long says.

That means someone with a house that has a taxable value of $100,000 would owe about $880 on the County’s portion of their property tax bill. But a home’s taxable value is different, and for many people smaller, than its assessed value or market value. The county is approving the same property tax rate as last year, but officials says property values have increased, which means some people could see higher charges on the county’s portion of their tax bill. And that means the county would see more revenue. Long says there’s a plan for spending that.

“Ad valorem revenue will increase due to an upturn in property values and will be used to support the following, a sustained high level of county-wide service delivery, including preventative storm water maintenance activities, a continued support of human services initiatives, enhanced support of law enforcement and corrections,” Long says.

Commissioners approved both the tentative budget and tax rate. No members of the public spoke during the meeting. A final public hearing on the county budget is set for  September 20. The new budget takes effect with the start of the county’s new fiscal year October 1.

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