Today, City Manager Anita Favors Thompson released her proposed budget for 2015-16.
In a city press release entitled “City Manager Releases Proposed Public Safety Budget”, Ms. Favors recommends hiring 18 police officers and 16 fireman.Ms. Favors also proposes a $10.8 million property tax increase. The property tax rate would increase by 27% from 3.7 mills to 4.7 mills.
“At this point, no other issue is more critical to address than the public safety needs of the community,” City Manager Anita Favors Thompson said. “Tallahassee has an extraordinary quality of life. This was not by accident but by careful design, thoughtful decision making and extremely hard work. Though we managed our way through difficult economic times by reducing staff and other expenditures, we must make some different decisions now to maintain the standards that our community expects.”
The additional property tax paid by a homeowner with a $225,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption would be $175 per year. The homeowner’s total city property tax bill would increase from $647.50 to $822.50 per year.
If the recommended budget is implemented, General Fund spending will have increased from $136 million in 2014 to $150 million in 2016. Click here to review General Fund budget.