State law dictates that counties and muncipalities approve budgets by the end of September because the fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
Statutes also dictate that even if those government entities keep the millage rate the same as in the previous year but property values rise, that is considered a tax increase.
Not every property owner, of couse, sees that appraisal rise. But overall, Manatee County, like elsewhere in Florida, is rebounding from the real estate market plunge from the great recession. Those values, though, have not reached the levels seen at the height of the housing bubble.
Unless those entities adopt property tax rates that only earn the same revenue as the previous year -- called the rollback rate -- then it's a tax increase.
So let's review: Manatee County, Bradenton, Palmetto, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach all approved millage rates the same as last year.
But at the public hearings mandated by law for every municipality and county, few if anyone here spoke out against the assessments.
While that's a bit odd given the tax averse electorate, residents will benefit from better services, infrastructure improvements and other community improvements that have been neglected in years past.