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City of Brooksville Ad Valorem Millage Rate Approved at 5.9000 in final hearing

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by JULIE B. MAGLIO

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On Sept. 16, 2020 city council members approved the ad valorem millage rate of 5.9000 which will result in a tax decrease for the citizens of the city.  This millage rate is a 2.30% decrease over the current year’s rolled–back rate of 6.0389. The final vote was 3-2 approving the millage rate with council members Betty Erhard and Kemerer voting against it.  Erhard adamantly disapproved of the $22,000 in funding going to the Brooksville Main Street organization.  There were several citizen comments against the BMS funding as well.

With a millage rate of 5.9000, the city anticipates bringing in $67,347 less than last year through ad valorem property taxes ($2,860,672 vs. $2,928,019 in 2019).

City of Brooksville FY 2020-2021 Budget

During the final budget hearing, council members had a lengthy discussion on how the 4% employee raises will be implemented.  Vice Mayor Brayton said that it needs to be applied across all payment levels in order to retain and recruit employees.  

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Some council members thought it would be applied to only employees who had been with the city over one year.

Mayor Bernardini made a motion to add in the policy that the 4% increase raises would only be provided to employees of one year or more. The motion passed 4-1 with Brayton voting against it.

Another question was if they would include department heads in the 4% salary increase as well as how often department heads are evaluated.  Currently, there is 1 new department head and a total of six total department heads.

Betty Erhard made a motion for the city manager to evaluate the department heads for a 0-4% raise.  The motion passed 5-0.

Councilmember Kemerer made a motion relating to how the 4% pay raises would be implemented:  across all pay grades.

Some confusion ensued between the first motion that passed and the current motion.

Kutney recapped the motion on the table, saying that it’s a 4% pay raise from the bottom of the pay scale to the top of the pay scale.  The motion failed 3-2.

There was some consensus that the pay raise implementation will be brought forward at a later date.

The FY 2020-2021 budget was approved 3-2, with Kemerer and Erhard voting against approval.
 

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