Chiefland taxes and budget get tentative approval

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland City Commissioners, in a 4-1 vote with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting, tentatively set the property tax rate for the upcoming year at 6.2713 mills Monday night.

A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. That means the owners of a Chiefland home assessed at $150,000 will owe about $940 at tax time.

The tax raise, which is not final until a vote at the next commission meeting, is up from 4.75 mills, the same rate the commission has imposed for the past five years.

Pomeroy said he was in favor of setting the property tax at 6 mills, a difference of about $34,000 in revenue compared to the rate other commissioners agreed to Monday night.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to a tentative budget, as well, which totals $329, 909.50 for fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

City staff calculates savings from various departments at about $147,000. About $2,500 of that will come from City Hall and maintenance departments moving to four-day work weeks, according to staff.