BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council is facing a little more than an $860,000 shortfall in its proposed 2011 budget, officials said Thursday.
City Councilman Patrick Roff said if the city de- cided to retain the same millage rate as last year, called the “rollback rate,” the average property owner with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay an extra $20 a year.
Bradenton City Clerk and Treasurer Carl Callahan shared budget details with council members earlier this week during a workshop meeting, Roff said.
The shortfall in reve- nue stems from the contin- uing devaluation of property, and from almost $600,000 in costs for public safety pensions, Roff explained.
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The 2011 proposed budget totals almost $33 million, according to budget documents posted at the city’s website.
“The hard part is we’ve been cutting this budget for two years before the recession, about spring of 2007,” said Roff.
“So we’re running out of things to cut. Finding an $860,000 shortfall will be a lot harder now than five years ago.”
Callahan managed to whittle down the shortfall from $1.2 million, Roff said.
“It will be a very tough budget year, and I would encourage all citizens to go online and look at the proposed budget, and let us know what their thoughts are,” said City Council- woman Marianne Barnebey.
The budget is structured to support a city of more than 54,000 residents and more than 540 city em- ployees, according to budget documents at www.cityofbradenton.com.