MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission gave final approval Thursday to a $540.8 million net budget with millage rates remaining the same as last year.
The fiscal year 2014-15 budget is 2 percent higher, or $10.8 million more, than last year's $530 million budget, officials said. The document includes Port Manatee's budget of $10.5 million.
The county budget goes into effect Oct. 1.
Millage rates for taxpayers in unincorporated areas were set at 7.0435, while municipal resident rates were set at 6.4326. One mil equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value.
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The board also approved an $830.2 million five-year capital improvement program in the budget. The summary of the capital improvement program was 42 pages. Details of the program were originally reviewed by the board during a budget work session in June.
Since then, officials have added more projects such as boat ramp improvements at Jiggs Landing along the Braden River and money for renovation of a courtroom at the Historic Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
No one from the public commented on the budget during the hearing at the Manatee County Administrative Building.
County officials congratulated Jim Seuffert, the long-time director of financial management, on his upcoming retirement.
"This is Mr. Seuffert's last budget. He has been at this a very, very long time," said County Administrator Ed Hunzeker. Seuffert is considered an expert in budgeting, Hunzeker noted. "He will be missed."
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.