DADE CITY — City commissioners set their proposed tax rate Tuesday night, but they hope to get it lower by the time they have to adopt next year's budget.
No big changes are expected. The proposed millage rate is 7.63, or $7.63 per $1,000 of taxable property value.
They'll advertise that rate in compliance with the state's Truth in Millage law, but will work toward adopting a lower millage rate.
"We're going to advertise on the high end, hoping we're not going to have to go that high," said Jim Class, the city's clerk and finance manager.
The commission directed staff to attempt to prepare the city's budget at the current millage rate of 7.10.
City Manager Billy Poe said no job cuts or service reductions are expected. There are plans to turn one vacant position into a contract position.
A budget workshop is set for 5 p.m. Aug. 3.
In other city business, City Attorney Karla Owens discussed an idea for managing and maintaining abandoned property in Dade City. A number of the empty, foreclosed homes in the area are eyesores and potential health hazards with rodent and insect infestation, she said. Filthy pools at these residences can pose a drowning risk to neighborhood children, said Commissioner Camille Hernandez. Owens discussed foreclosed property ordinances in other Florida small cities and the city's options to draft an ordinance to help clean up these spaces.
Owens will present more information at the Aug. 24 commission meeting.