County tentatively approves budget, tax

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Second vote to be taken on Sept. 17

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Levy County Commission approved a tentative budget of $62,352,856 and a property tax millage of 8.5759 by a 4-1 vote on Sept. 6 with Chair Danny Stevens of Williston (D-District 5) dissenting.

The lone Democrat on the board who won re-election unopposed last month said he felt there was some “wiggle room” in the millage and it could have been tentatively set lower. But the other commissioners said they preferred to wait until they heard from the public at a public hearing Tuesday on assessments for fire and emergency medical services, solid waste and roads, before making a decision on property tax rates.

“We do have an option to make an adjustment to the millage,” said Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2). “But I hate to make it prematurely before we hear from the citizens on the assessments.”

The tentative millage rate is known as the rollback rate and is meant to bring in as many dollars in revenue as the current rate of 7.8114, despite declining property values. 

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