CHIPLEY -- Chipley City Council approved its FY 2017-18 millage and budget Thursday following public hearings.
The Council unanimously passed a motion Thursday approving a millage rate of 7.0 mills and a FY 2017-18 budget of $14,584,451. The new millage rate is 1.09 percent less than the rolled-back rate of 7.0774 mills.
A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value. The millage rate did not change from last year, according to officials.
The approved budget is about $571,000 down than FY 2016-17 of $15,155,408.
"What we try to do is incorporate this stuff in the budget, and if we do that, then we will be alright, and that's what we do," Mayor Lee Dell said. "We put it in the budget and we make sure we do it."
Highlights of the budget include about $106,000 in a salary adjustments for City employees, various equipment purchases and utility construction south of Interstate 10.
"Construction south of I-10 includes a 300,000 gallon water tank, new 12-inch water main south of I-10, new sewer collection system and lift station south of I-10, and new 16-inch potable well south of I-10," City Administrator Dan Miner wrote in an email Thursday.
Miner also listed a number of projects funded by Florida Department of Transportation. A Florida Department of Environmental Protection facility plan to identify and acquire additional spray field sites was also listed in the email.
Chipley City Council meets 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave.