Tamarac Commission gears up for 2023 budget and property tax hearings • Tamarac Talk

By Agrippina Fadel

The Tamarac City Commission adopted the proposed mileage rate and agreed to public hearing dates for the 2023 budget on July 13.

Three out of five commission members agreed to the proposed rate of 7.2000 mils, which matches the 2022 rate. Vice Mayor Mike Gelin said he would push for a rate of 7.1000 mils in September, and Commissioner Marlon Bolton supported it by also voting no.

Jeff Streder, Tamarac’s budget manager, explained that even though in 2022 Tamarac had the tenth-highest mileage rate in the county, the city was still among the lowest with the amount of taxes levied on the median home value. single-family homes and condominiums.

He added that the median value of a single-family home in Tamarac increased by $290 over the past year, translating into a ratepayer impact of $2.09 for the year. The median value of condominiums increased by $410, which means a tax increase of $2.95 for owners.

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Christine Cadjus, the city’s director of financial services, said the proposed mileage rate of 7.2000 mils provides funding for the city’s general operations, allowing it to maintain current service levels at a time when the city should pay much more for all goods and services. . The rate will also fund three new full-time positions and the conversion from part-time to full-time for one employee.

“The recommended mileage rate of 7.2000 mills is 11.82% higher than the setback rate of 6.4387 mills for fiscal year 2023,” she added. The reduction rate calculates taxable property values ​​relative to the total revenue they generate for a government: the higher the increase in taxable value, the lower the rate.

Cadjus explained that the proposed mileage rate, once approved by the commission, is considered a “not to exceed” rate.

“At the first public hearing in September, we will present to you a draft budget and a preliminary mileage rate,” she said.

The first hearing is scheduled for Monday September 12, at 5.05 p.m.., and the second is planned for Tuesday September 22, at 5.05 p.m. Both hearings will take place at Tamarac Commission Chambers, located at 7525 NW 88th Avenue.

The mileage rate was changed in 2021 from 7.2899 mills to 7.2000, the first time it has been reduced since 2013.

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Agrippina Fadel

Agrippina Fadel

Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has resided in the United States for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.

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