The first hearing is on Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at Gulfport City Hall. The second will be held on Wednesday, September 18, also at 7 p.m.
Here's a look at the numbers:
The proposed budget for FY 2013-14 is $17,747,349. That's compared to $18,471,999 million for FY 2012-13 - a decrease of $724,650 or -4 percent.
Budget Highlights Include:
Property Tax Collections
The city will see a slight increase in property tax collections as property values are slated to increase by .77% according to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser. Council made no changes to the current millage rate of 4.039 but because of the increasing values, they should receive an additional $19,015.
FY 2013 = $2,469,561 generated by 4.039 Mils.
FY 2014 = $2,488,576 generated by 4.039 Mils. (Represents estimated Property Appraiser's (.77% increase or .0077).)
The budget includes a loan from the General Fund budget of $880,000 to the Gulfport Municipal Marina for various improvements including:
- ship store/amenities/facilities = $670,000
- long-term resident/transient/guest area = $45,000
- 10 boat lifts (at $20 each) = 100,000
- Live-Aboard Imps. = $40,000
- Marina Master Site Planning (phase 1) = $25,000
City council unanimously approved measures to upgrade all decorative lamps to LED systems, which will result in better visibility, on 49th St. The cost is estimated at $15,000.
The majority of council agreed to hire a sworn officer within next year's budget. The estimated cost for adding a community resource officer is approximately $85,000 a year. The officer will focus on problems in the 49th St. area and work out of The Gulfport Neighborhood Center.
Water, Sewer, Stormwater Rate Increase
Gulfport City Council is slated to pass the proposed 12 percent increase for water, sewer and stormwater rates. Learn more about the increase in our article, "Water, Sewer, Stormwater Rate Increases Coming Soon."
City Manager Jim O'Reilly has appropriated $30,000 within the Waterfront Redevelopment District Fund for marking.
For More Information:
You can view the entire proposed budget on this link on the City of Gulfport's website.