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Our Village Voice

        VOL. 34 NO. 11                                                                         NOVEMBER 2023

      commissioner’s update                                                                                  Bill’s Box

      Budgeting to Reduce your                           last year approved a reduction to 4.715, the rate applied to   By Bill Thompson
                                                         each $1,000 of taxable property value. As new residents have
      tax Burden                                         continued to make Palm Beach County their home, tax revenue   Way too early
                                                         has increased at a rate of more than 13 percent over the past year.     It’s still dark. There
      By Commissioner                                    With more money coming into the county coffers, I proposed   is a low 60s, a welcome
      Maria Marino                                       and achieved unanimous consent from the Board to approve a   change. It rained and was
        Preparing a balanced                             further reduction in the millage rate this year to 4.50 mils, so that   muggy for months. Now,
      county budget takes more than                      taxpayers can realize more savings.                in October, a tinge of fall
      covering expenditures with                           This reduction allows us to keep a hefty level of reserve   is in the air. Mr. Harley
      revenues. It requires a focus                      funds. The county’s conservative approach to keeping significant   Two has been out. My two
      on providing essential services                    reserves helps us maintain a AAA rating, which is the highest   eggs are boiling. V-8 is
      to our residents, from garbage                     credit designation assigned to bond issuers by rating agencies   poured, a piece of toast popped up. Oh my, out of coffee.
      pickup and disposal, to striping                   such as Standard & Poor’s and Fitch. Reserves enable us to   Too early for bourbon.
      roads, to assisting low-income                     respond to emergencies and unanticipated expenditures without   time
      elderly folks keep their utilities                 chipping away at services residents rely on.          It sure has a way of slipping by, even if you don’t
      on, to preserving our beaches                        Of the total gross budget of $7.9 billion, projected   notice so much. Seems my copy deadline is rushing
      and natural areas. We must use precision to create efficiencies   total property tax revenue is $1.9 billion. Approximately   forward ever so fast. Earth may be tilting and spinning
      and eliminate any waste in our budget in the interest of lessening   72 percent of the property tax revenue is for the general   at a more rapid pace. When I was a lad who spent much
      the tax burden on the property owners in this community and   fund to provide the budget for the sheriff and other   time alone in the woods, time was irrelevant. I always got
      helping households make ends meet.                 constitutional officers, judicial facilities and technology,   home for dinner. If the slow and easy cast a peace when
        Property taxes make up roughly 25 percent of the operating   county departments, capital projects, agency partners who   time didn’t matter, sometimes I would get home after
      budget and public safety takes up the largest portion. Departments   assist the public, and to community development agencies   dark. Then, parents didn’t have to worry if you were safe.
      covering airports and water utilities are enterprise funds, not   that reinvest in their infrastructure. The remaining 28 percent   Another time and place.
      funded primarily by property taxes. Per Florida Statutes, the   pays for fire rescue, libraries and debt service.    The climate is changing. Look at the voracious fires,
      other funds on the balance sheet include the general fund, special     Feedback from the District 1 communities has made it   floods are more severe than can be explained. Animal
      revenue funds restricted or committed to a specific purpose, debt   clear that reducing the county tax rate is a trend we need   species are disappearing. The earth is endangered.
      service funds, capital projects, and internal services.  to follow.                                   Humans are angry about so many circumstances and too
        With a population of just over 1.5 million, nearly half of our     Thank you all for your continued input and please   many have developed a cultural war attitude. A cultural
      residents live in the unincorporated area.         feel free to contact me at (561) 355-2201 or by email at   divide threatens to erupt into flame and violence most of
        After 11 years with a millage rate of 4.7815, the commission                  us have not seen.
                                                                                                              Hate filled people in the Middle East are in the midst of
      northern notes                                                                                        extreme violence and cruelty to ordinary people. Though
                                                                                                            hate in the region has existed for thousands of years,
                                                                                                            it has now reached an unreasoning and shocking level
      Roseate Spoonbill – nature’s                                                                          even to extend to the beheading of children and elderly
                                                                                                            innocent citizens. Compassion is out of reach. Complete
      (other) Brilliant pink Bird                                                                           annihilation of whole peoples is the goal of the violent
                                                                                                            Hamas tribe of inhumanity. A myriad of other more
      By Katie Roundtree,                                                                                   powerful colonizing countries are funders and supporters
      Director of Finance and                                                                               of the warring factions for gain.
      Administration, Northern
      Palm Beach County                                                                                     Bill’s Box on page 3
      Improvement District
        Roseate spoonbills are
      striking pink birds that
      inhabit our marshes and
      preserves in South Florida.
      They are shorter and smaller
      than the more infamous
      flamingo, but their plumage                        packed with carotenoids, fat-soluble pigments that constitute
      is just as striking and easy to spot from afar. While they may   reds, oranges, and yellows. Invertebrates compile these
      be small in stature, they have a wingspan that is almost twice   pigments by eating aquatic vegetation, which uses beta-
      as wide as they are tall.                          carotenoids to conduct photosynthesis. Then, as spoonbills
        Roseate spoonbills are highly social. They feed with each   eat these crustaceans, they ingest their stockpiled carotenoids.
      other and with other wading birds. They also nest in colonies   As the birds digest their prey, these pigments are transferred
      and fly in flocks. They are found with other spoonbills in a   into fat stores under the skin. These reserves feed into the
      group called appropriately a “bowl.”               feathers, primarily along the bird’s back, wings and rump.
        But what makes them pink? Spoonbills feed on small
      fish, insects and crustaceans (invertebrates). Crustaceans are   Northern Notes on page 3

                                                                                    RepoRt SuSpiciouS activity immediately
                                                                                         to the JupiteR police depaRtment

                                                                                                           (561) 799-4445

                                                                                                 Use 911 for emergencies only. Lock car doors.
                                                                                                       Do not leave valuables in the car.
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