Rate Increases Possibly Coming in 2022 for Fire Assessment, Solid Waste, Millage

 

By: Bryan Boggiano

Coral Springs residents might pay a little more in certain fees and rates beginning in October. 

The Department of Budget and Strategy presented to the city commission rate and fee increases for the 2022 fiscal year on Wednesday. 

The preliminary fire assessment fee for a single-family homeowner increases from $234.00 to $249.72, or about $1.31 per month. The preliminary solid waste assessment increases from $290 to $322, or $2.67 per month. 

The preliminary millage rate increase is .35 for a new rate of $6.2232. The city discussed a possible rate increase in June. 

There is no proposed increase for the stormwater assessment for 2022. 

According to a city press release, the rate increases are necessary to maintain the level of service that the city provides residents. This includes everything from events, sports, art, culture, public safety, customer service, and an attractive community. 

Each year, as more people and businesses join the community, the amount of effort, time, and resources needed to maintain Coral Springs’s success, safety, and attractiveness increases, according to the press release. 

Mayor Scott Brook noted how the city looks and managed correlates to how residents view the community. He said in the past year, the city experienced an increase in operations. 

“When budgets and staffing are underfunded, aesthetics and routine maintenance can easily lose priority,” said Mayor Scott Brook in a press release. “That is not acceptable.”

The Department of Budget and Strategy will host two one-hour Budget Academy sessions to provide residents with more information on city finances, the budget process, and how tax dollars are spent. 

They will occur on Aug. 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall

Registration is required for both events. For more information, click here

City staff will also take questions from residents between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. the same day from residents unable to attend a session. 

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