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Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Fiscal Year 2015 Adopted Budget

At a public hearing on September 23, 2014, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) adopted a millage rate of 0.4141, a reduction of 0.05% and adopted a final budget of $33.43 million. The budget will enable the District to protect water resources for the benefit of our citizens and natural system. Taxes paid to the District contribute to numerous public services such as protecting springs and rivers, water supply planning, and water resource development. Springs projects and programs represent over 60% of the District's budget.

On September 10, 2014, the Florida Legislative Budget Committee voted favorably to fund springs restoration and protection projects statewide. For the District, the springs grants will increase the Contractual Services category in Program Area 2.0 within the August 1, 2014 Tentative Budget Submission Report by $8.1M.

On September 9, 2014, at the first of two public hearings, the District Governing Board approved a millage rate of 0.4141, which is a 0.05% reduction of the prior fiscal year. The Board also approved a tentative budget of $33.43 million.

On August 12, 2014, the Governing Board approved to accept $8.1M from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for springs projects grant funding, subject to the approval of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission as stipulated in the FY2014-2015 General Appropriations Act appropriation line 1645 proviso language. The Governing Board also approved increasing the District's FY 2014-2015 Tentative Budget to $33.4M. The increase from the Preliminary Budget ($22.5M) to the Tentative Budget ($24.5M) is due to unanticipated project funds being carried forward from the prior fiscal year.

FY 2015 Tentative Budget

In accordance with statutory requirement, the District presented a tentative budget to the Governor and Legislature by August 1st. The Tentative Budget provided the Governor and Legislature with a detailed overview of the district's budget.

On July 22, 2014, the Governing Board voted to reduce the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-2015 millage rate for property owners. The Board approved reducing the millage rate to 0.4141 from 0.4143 resulting in a decreased rate that benefits taxpayers.

On July 8, 2014, the Governing Board approved a tentative budget of $24.5 million and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as fiscal year 2013. With the assistance of projected state and federal funding, the tentative budget supports the District's core mission, including springs protection, and maintains reserve funding for cost-share programs.

FY 2015 Preliminary Budget

On December 10, 2013, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District approved a preliminary budget of $22,468,840 and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as FY 2014.

In accordance with a new statutory requirement, the District must present a preliminary budget to the Legislature by January 15. The preliminary budget provides the Legislature with additional oversight of the District's budget.

Key FY 2015 Budget Development Documents:

See all FY 2015 budget development documents.