Boca approves $ 254 million budget

BOCA RATON – Boca Raton City Council approved $ 253.8 million in funding budget that would allow city leaders to begin negotiating a lease to redevelop the Mizner Park amphitheater, improve safety along Palmetto Park Road east of the Intracoastal Waterway, and connect the new Brightline station downtown.

With all of this in mind, the council still made room in the budget for other big projects.

On November 1, he plans to close the sale of the Boca Raton municipal golf course for $ 65.7 million. With the proceeds from the sale, the council plans to spend $ 7.8 million on renovating the golf course, which will be renamed Boca Raton Golf and Racquet Club. The council plans to spend $ 370,000 per year on the operation of the golf course.

Other budget plans will focus on improving buildings. Council will use $ 253,000 to cover the cost of a building recertification program, which will require buildings at 30 years old – with the exception of single-family homes and duplexes – to submit an inspection report every 10 years.

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The council will provide a grant of $ 590,100 to the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, which has undertaken major renovations to the Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1927 and houses the Historical Society.

On Friday, the historical society announced that it had received a million-dollar donation from philanthropists Dick and Barbara Schmidt to rename the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum.

The council also plans to use $ 639,100 to fund 23 new positions, including an assistant city manager who will help with the transition when one of the deputy city managers retires at the end of next year. The council also plans to hire two permit and licensing technicians, two building inspectors and one building inspector.

The council will spend an additional $ 1.8 million on salaries and benefits for police officers and $ 2.2 million on salaries and benefits for firefighters. It will spend an additional $ 919,300 in police pensions and $ 1.4 million in fire pensions.

The council set the total mileage rate at 3.67 miles per $ 1,000, which means that a home with an assessed value of $ 325,000 will pay $ 1,195.51 in ad valorem taxes.

Boca Raton has one of the lowest property tax rates for a full-service city in Florida. The property tax rates were 6.84 in Delray Beach, 7.89 in Boynton Beach and 8.42 in West Palm Beach.

The board plans to use $ 7.2 million of its $ 12.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to balance the budget. It will use the remaining funds for its capital improvement program.

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