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Fwd: eyeonbrevard: Brevard Co. Proposed 2013/14 Budget Analysis

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Subject: eyeonbrevard: Brevard Co. Proposed 2013/14 Budget Analysis

Brevard Co. Proposed 2013/14 Budget Analysis

Brevard County Proposed 2013/14 Budget:

This budget recommendation document (referenced above) is 21 pages and follows the pattern of prior proposals.  It recommends a Budget of $943,184,284.  Page 14 of the proposal states Howard Tipton, the County Manager as saying:

” This budget is a reduction of 4.27% or $42,074,531 from the current budget for 2012/2013.  The aggregate operating millage rate is proposed at [masked] which is a decrease of 0.83% below the FY[masked] aggregate operating millage rate.”


For the record, the comments and observations are from the personal perspective of a private citizen. I am a long term resident having been in the same home for 27 years. During that time, my property taxes have increased nearly every year, including the years since 2008. Although, property values declined by 42% across the county (now showing some improvement), the assessed values, for long term owners, have continued upward. This is due to the effect of the Save Our Homes law, which placed a cap on annual assessment growth. However, if the current assessed value is higher than the ‘capped’ assessed value, it is raised the lawful maximum of 3%.

For long term residents, particularly for retired citizens, this countercyclical artifact of the Save Our Homes law, has been particularly harmful. Although county government can claim a slight reduction of millage rate this year, the outcome is still higher property taxes for long term residents.

That said, I have a point of view and it is this. I want my government to be frugal, as I must be. Ideally that frugality should be for two reasons: 1. Government properly respects it citizens’ desire for lower taxation and strives to deliver services at the lowest practical cost, and 2. As with private sector individuals and businesses, there are limited resources available which place restraints on spending.

I use those two criteria to judge whether this budget, meets those expectations. On page 9, Howard Tipton, author of this proposal states that a budget is ‘the ultimate policy document’. Thus, from this budget we can assess the true spirit of intent, regarding government policy.

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