At the July 7th budget workshop, the Tallahassee City Commission approved a proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 (FY22). The proposed budget includes a $758 million operating budget and a $273 million capital budget.
Public hearings are scheduled for September 8th and September 22nd to prepare for final approval of the the budget which takes effect on October 1, 2021.
The FY22 budget includes 2,914 citywide FTE (full time equivalent) employees. This incorporates 57 new FTEs that are being converted from OPS positions and 1.50 new FTEs in Parks and Recreation to support the amphitheater and tennis operations.
The General Fund, which is funded, in part, by property taxes, comes in at $171,255,883. This is approximately $10 million more than the FY21 approved budget.
The proposed FY22 operating budget for the general fund holds the millage rate at 4.1 mills for the sixth consecutive fiscal year. The preliminary property valuation for the City, for the purpose of determining property taxes, in FY22 is $13.3 billion representing a 3.6% increase over the prior year. On this basis, the City’s property tax revenue is estimated at $51.7 million, an increase of $1.8 million over the prior year. This is consider a tax increase by state law.
The Tallahassee Police Department, which is supported by the general fund, is budgeted for $62.2 million in FY22 which is approximately $3 million more than FY21.
Based on prior direction from the Commission, the proposed budget addressed workforce compensation. The budget includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for non-union, full-time employees, with a guaranteed minimum $2,500 salary increase for employees earning less than $55,555.
“City staff work tirelessly, ethically, collaboratively and with integrity every day to provide exceptional citizen services,” City Manager Reese Goad said. “Investing in them – our greatest asset – and ensuring they can grow as part of our organization will allow us to continue providing the high-quality services residents expect.”
The FY22 operating budget totals $758.4 million across 14 different funds, as shown below.