The Brooksville City Council met for a brief meeting on September 6, 2023, for the first Public Hearing of the 2024 proposed budget. All council members approved the proposed budget, which contained changes from the August 14th meeting.
The proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 is balanced at a maximum ad valorem tax rate of 5.9000 mils. Upon final approval, this millage rate will be an 8.18% increase over the 2023 rolled-back rate of 5.4539 mils.
Interim City Manager Charlene Kuhn listed changes to the budget since the August 14th meeting:
Fire Department: $15,000 was added to the ALS (Advanced Life Support) Incentive, bringing the total to $45,000.
City Manager’s Office: Increase salary by $36,366 for a part-time grant writer.
General Government: Increase in Contractual Services for the City’s Lobbyist by $2,500.
General Government: Increase in Contributions by $1,000 for the May-Stringer House. This change will decrease the Parks and Recreation Department’s Promotional Activities budget by the same amount.
Kuhn also reported that there is an update to the Salaries for the Department of Public Works (DPW) Director and the Assistant DPW Director, as they were initially incorrectly stated. The city is currently advertising to recruit a DPW Director with a Professional Engineer (PE) certification or who is able to obtain the certification within 12 months. The salary for this position is $96,104. The salary for the Assistant DPW Director was not specified in the meeting.
The second and final reading of the proposed budget will take place on September 18, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.