With an estimated $100 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Bradenton officials aren’t expected to recommend any increase in the millage rate — but that’s not yet guaranteed.
A proposed increase can be lowered through the budget process but not raised once it is set.
Bradenton officials some unknowns when it comes to the budget, according to city administrator Carl Callahan.
“There are certain things we have to do this year,” he said. “There is a $600,000 cost for new P25 radios, which we have to do. That will take a large portion of the capital funds out of the general fund. We still have police and fire contract negotiations to do. We want to remain consistent with the things the public cares about such as paving and public safety, so if the council wants anything we haven’t discussed, now is the time to say it.”
Callahan said if no surprises are brought up before the deadline Tuesday, July 26, he will likely not recommend a millage increase. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of appraised property value for homeowners.
Across the city, property valuations rose 8 percent, so homeowners will already pay more this year than they did in the current budget cycle if the millage rate remains unchanged.
“There is still a lot of budget discussion coming up through the months of August and September,” said Callahan.
CCRA properties as brownfields
Also during the July 26 meeting, city officials are expected to approve three resolutions declaring key properties within the Central Community Redevelopment Agency as brownfield properties.
The properties are on Sixth Street Court East, where the former Love Apartments are being redeveloped; a site on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where the mixed-use Bryant Commons is being developed; and a site on the corner of First Street and 13th Avenue West that was supposed to become home to a new grocery store.
Callahan said the designations will make the properties eligible for state funding for cleanup and redevelopment.
If you go:
What: Bradenton City Council special meeting
Where: Bradenton City Hall, 102 12th St. W
When: 9 a.m.