At its recent budget hearing in Brooksville, Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted its final budget for the 2017 fiscal year, including millage rates for certain components of the plan.
The total FY2017 county budget was approved at $414,118,539 and represents a 3.68 percent decrease from FY2016. Of that amount, $103,585,994 has been designated for the General Fund, marking a 2.25 percent increase from last fiscal year.
Departments and personnel falling under the General Fund category comprise the Sheriff's office, clerk of court and elections supervisor, as well as staff in charge of tax collection and property appraisal.
Programs and services provided by the BOCC’s General Fund also include animal services, parks and recreation, facilities management, libraries, health and human services and economic development; additionally, veterans services, code enforcement, planning, zoning, extension services and administration are covered by that part of the budget.
Millage refers to an amount derived from each $1,000 used to calculate taxes on property. Millage rates are most often utilized for personal property tax; the expressed rate is multiplied by a property’s total taxable value to arrive at the amount due. MSTU refers to “municipal service taxing unit.”
Hernando County’s approved millage rates for the coming fiscal year are: General Fund – 6.9912; transportation trust fund – 0.7091; health unit trust fund – 0.1102; emergency medical services MSTU – 0.6700, and stormwater management MSTU – 0.1139.
Mosquito control MSTU and HC consolidated fire/rescue MSTU will both have zero millage, the County reported.