Leon County Commissioners Vote on Proposed Budget

Leon County Courthouse
Posted at 4:12 PM, Jun 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-23 12:19:54-04

LEON COUNTY, FL (WTXL) - The State of Florida wasn't the only government organization with budget news on Tuesday; Leon County Commissioners voted on a tentative budget.

According to the County, the proposed budget is a 4.4 percent increase from last year at $238.4 million.

Commissioners say the 4.4 increase is possible without a millage rate increase because preliminary property values have grown by 4.5 percent.

"Recent years have been filled with very difficult budget decisions and this year is no different," said Leon County Commission Chairman Mary Ann Lindley. "While property values have gone up, the Board has continued focusing on delivering quality services citizens want and expect while not overcommitting to new expenses. I am confident that we have balanced our budget responsibly for the upcoming year."

County Commissioners say the Leon County Budget is the ninth lowest budget per capita and has the seventh lowest number of employees compared to the state's 66 other counties.

The budget will not be finalized until September and residents will have a change to provide input before it is finalized. The first public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. at the Leon County Courthouse.