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      Commissioner’s Update

      Budget Brief                                       reduction was possible without affecting the delivery of   excess of fund assets over liabilities; intergovernmental
                                                         high quality county services to the public.       revenues in the form of grants, entitlements, shared
      By County Commissioner                                Additionally, Palm Beach County received revenue   revenues, or payments in lieu of taxes; licenses, permits
      Maria Marino                                       replacement dollars through the Federal American Rescue   and fees; charges for services; and, inter-fund transfers.
         For the first time                              Plan Act to cover general government expenses and offset      The county continuously explores innovative means
      in 11 years, the County                            the impact of the pandemic on our community. This   to use taxpayer dollars efficiently and leverage the costs
      Commission approved a                              frees up ad valorem funds to pay for projects previously   of providing programs and services through grants and
      reduction in the countywide                        approved by the Board.                            partnerships. In formulating the FY2023 budget, the Board
      millage rate for fiscal year                          If you notice an increase in the property taxes on your   prioritized six strategies. These are the highlights:
      2023 – the tax rate per $1,000                     bill, please note this is due to higher assessed values of   • Economic Development
      of your real property’s value                      real estate, not an increase in the tax rate. Of the 650,420      ○ $4.5M in business incentives
      – from 4.7815 down to 4.715                        parcels of real property in Palm Beach County as of 2022,   • Environmental Protection
      mills. At the new millage                          total market value is $404.3 billion, and total taxable value      ○ $4M for natural areas management
      rate, a homesteaded property                       is $255.3 billion.                                   ○ $750,000 for the manatee protection program
      at the median value of $365,000 would save approximately      The county’s total gross budget is $6.7 billion, of   • Housing and Homeless
      $21.68 per year. While the savings is not huge, it was   which $1.9 billion is in the General Fund. Current property      ○ $11.5M for homeless resource centers
      important to give people a break as costs all across the   taxes fund 24.9 percent of the gross budget. In addition      ○ $2.4M for a non-congregate shelter in the Glades
      board for goods and services have escalated. The millage   to property taxes, revenues include the fund balance – the      ○ $10M for affordable housing development
                                                                                                           • Infrastructure
                                                                                                             ○ $59M in capital improvements

         Town Of Jupiter News                                                                                • Public Safety
                                                                                                             ○ $73.3M for Palm Tran vehicles and operations
                                                                                                              ○ $743.3M for the Sheriff
         By Jim Kuretski,                                neighborhoods in Jupiter that have more affordable      ○ $10.3M toward Animal Care & Control
         Mayor, Town of Jupiter                          housing costs, in efforts to improve the desirability of      ○ $2.7M for Emergency Management
            The high inflation rate                      living there.                                        ○ $3.5M for Victims Services
         since 2021 has created                             We had 1,589 affordable housing units constructed   • Substance Use and Behavior Disorders
         significant financial                           through Abacoa DRI obligations.  The mandated        ○ $1M toward the addiction stabilization center
         hardships to residents                          affordability requirements expired after five years. The      ○ $1.5M for recovery support
         and businesses. The cost                        five-year  period  was  the  governmental  standard  for      ○ $6.3M for financially assisted partner agencies
         of housing  in  Jupiter                         affordable housing units at the time of Abacoa’s master      Expenditures also include an increase in reserves from
         and south Florida, has                          plan approval.                                    $189M in FY 2022 to $261.9M in FY 2023.
         been skyrocketing, with                            We had longer term success with Barcelona, a 351-     Beginning in March, county departments were required
         property resales occurring                      unit  rental community  constructed  three years  ago.   to submit their budgets with service levels at status quo,
         in a seller’s market. This                      Seventy-five workforce housing units were constructed,   allowing additional requests only for critical needs.
         month’s news report provides insights about Town efforts   with mandated affordability requirements, valid for 30   Review continues through April and May, culminating
         to (1) have affordable housing units in Jupiter and (2) limit   to 50 years.                      in a budget workshop in June. The millage rate is set at a
         cost increases in governmental revenues/taxes to do its part      The Town has collected $2.5 million from developers   public meeting in July, and two separate public hearings
         in controlling the overall costs of living in Jupiter.  for inclusionary housing for commercial and industrial   occur in September, where members of the public can
         Affordable Housing                              projects. The Town Council is responsible to decide how   participate in the process.
            Over the past two decades, we have continued to                                                   Your comments and questions are welcome, and if I
         implement infrastructure improvements in older charter   Town Of Jupiter News on page 8           can assist you please contact me at (561) 355-2201 or by
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