VERNON -- Vernon City Council approved a millage Thursday evening more than doubled of the rolled-back rate. The council also approved its its FY 2017-18 budget.
In a unanimous vote, the Council approved a millage rate of 4.8282 mills, which is 102.24 percent more than the rolled-back rate of 2.3874. The new millage will double taxes relating to Vernon city limit ad valorem only, officials noted, following Thursday's meeting at City Hall, 2808 Yellow Jacket Dr.
At the new rate, about $79,600 will be generated in ad valorem, nearly $40,000 more than the previous fiscal year, a certification of taxable value document from Florida Department of Revenue states.
During public participation, Three Oaks Winery, 3348 State Road 79, owner Byron Biddle acknowledged the work the Council has done to support the city; however, he suggested the City lower taxes in future years, increasing taxes in a gradual manner -- instead of hiking up rates, as was the case Thursday.
In a previous meeting, council members mentioned an intent to lower taxes and create new revenue streams to offset rates in the future.
The FY 2017-18 budget of $3,278,202.68 was also approved. Nearly $2.3 million will come from federal programs and is earmarked for federal projects; $470,116.23 to the general fund.
In other business, the Council unanimously approved advertisement for deputy clerk and recreation director.