In her budget message, Lieberman recommended a decrease in the property tax millage rate for the seventh year in a row, from 7.7662 mills in the current fiscal year to 7.6414 in the upcoming year. The MSTU Law Enforcement millage will remain the same at 3.5678 mills, and Lieberman did not recommend an increase in the fire assessment fee. The stormwater fee will increase by $10, and garbage collection assessments will see small increases.
The budget recommends cost-of-living increases for all employees and increases the County’s minimum wage from $16 to $17 an hour.
$11.7 million in infrastructure surtax funds and $8 million in general funds will be put toward pavement management, with the recently-approved pavement management plan determining the priorities for paving. According to Lieberman’s Budget Message, “The County Commission has chosen to factor in historical inequities when influencing the output of the pavement management program, particularly in Residential Roadways within Areas of Inequity… In addition, attention will be given to road segments with 15 or more work orders recorded in Alachua County’s Cityworks database.”
The video linked above shows some of the pavement projects planned for the 2023 calendar year: NW 23rd Avenue from NW 58th Blvd to I-75, SW 170th Street (CR 241) from the Levy County line to SW 134th Avenue, NE 27th Avenue from NE 39th Blvd to SR 26, and NE/NW 53rd Avenue from U.S. 441 to SR 24.
The County Commission will set the maximum property tax millage on July 11, then they will have budget meetings in August and will set the final budget in September.
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