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Page 2, PGA C.A.N.!                                                 November 2023                                                                                                                                                 November 2023
      Commissioner’s Update

      Budgeting To Reduce Your                          reduction in the millage rate this year to 4.50 mils, so that   fund  to provide the  budget for  the sheriff and other
                                                                                                           constitutional officers, judicial facilities and technology,
                                                        taxpayers can realize more savings.
      Tax Burden                                           This reduction allows us to keep a hefty level of reserve   county departments, capital projects, agency partners who
                                                        funds. The county’s conservative approach to keeping   assist the public, and to community development agencies
      By Commissioner                                   significant reserves helps us maintain a AAA rating,   that reinvest in their infrastructure. The remaining 28
      Maria Marino                                      which is the highest credit designation assigned to bond   percent pays for fire rescue, libraries and debt service.
         Preparing a balanced                           issuers by rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and      Feedback from the District 1 communities has made it
      county budget takes more                          Fitch. Reserves enable us to respond to emergencies and   clear that reducing the county tax rate is a trend we need
      than covering expenditures                        unanticipated expenditures without  chipping  away  at   to follow.
      with revenues. It requires a                      services residents rely on.                           Thank you all for your continued input and please
      focus on providing essential                         Of the total gross budget of $7.9 billion, projected   feel free to contact me at (561) 355-2201 or by email at
      services to our residents,                        total property tax revenue is $1.9 billion. Approximately
      from garbage pickup and                           72 percent of the property tax revenue is for the general
      disposal, to striping roads,
      to assisting low-income
      utilities on, to preserving our beaches and natural areas.  Community Safety
      elderly folks keep their
      We must use precision to create efficiencies and eliminate
      any waste in our budget in the interest of lessening the   By Keith Echols,                          the phone if you are unfamiliar with them or have never
      tax burden on the property owners in this community and   Director of Security,                      done business with them in the past.
      helping households make ends meet.                  St. Moritz Security Services                        Applying these safety tips to your day-to-day routines
         Property taxes make up roughly 25 percent of the      Now that the holiday season is upon us, your sense   can contribute to maintaining a safe holiday season not
      operating budget and public safety takes up the largest   of safety and protection should be at a heightened state.   only for you, but also for the entire community. Together
      portion. Departments covering airports and water utilities   Crooks will be working harder than ever to scam you out   we can make a difference. Never hesitate to call security
      are enterprise funds, not funded primarily by property   of your money, steal your packages from your porch or   at (561) 627-1600. Report all suspicious people and
      taxes. Per Florida Statutes, the other funds on the balance   your vehicle. Always secure your vehicle, and never leave   activities because the smallest piece of information may
      sheet include the general fund, special revenue funds   valuables in plain sight. Be mindful of the number of   be the biggest part of the solution. Keep your garage door
      restricted or committed to a specific purpose, debt service   packages you have delivered to your home if you are out   closed when not in use and set your alarm when you leave
      funds, capital projects, and internal services.     of town. Never give anyone or any company money over   your home. Happy holidays!
         With a population of just over 1.5 million, nearly half
      of our residents live in the unincorporated area.
         After 11 years with a millage rate of 4.7815, the
      commission last year approved a reduction to 4.715, the
      rate applied to each $1,000 of taxable property value.
      As new residents have continued to make Palm Beach
      County their home, tax revenue has increased at a rate of
      more than 13 percent over the past year. With more money
      coming into the county coffers, I proposed and achieved   Why should a financial
      unanimous consent from the Board to approve a further
                                                          review be at the top
         Editorial Board                                  of your list?

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                       Commissioner Maria Marino                     Sally S Stahl, AAMS™
                       Katie Roundtree
         Contributing                                                Financial Advisor
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