Alachua County votes on 2024 taxes, assessments

Alachua County Admin Building
The Alachua County Administration Building in Gainesville.
Photo by Seth Johnson
Alachua County Manager Michele Lieberman
Courtesy Alachua County Alachua County Manager Michele Lieberman

Alachua County voted to lower its millage rate but increase taxes on Tuesday after a unanimous first reading of the 2024 property taxes, fire assessments and budget.  

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will have a final vote on Sept. 26.  

The millages passed on Tuesday place the general county rate at 7.6414, 7.51% over the rollback rate, and the law enforcement rate at 3.5678, 8.19% over the rollback rate. The county projects that the new rates will net an extra $15 million and $2.8 million over the current year’s revenues.  

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County Manager Michele Lieberman said the county’s budget for fiscal year 2024, starting Oct. 1, will be $751 million.  

The BOCC also voted to keep the fire assessment the same as this year but increase the stormwater assessment from $10 to $50 per equivalent residential unit.  

Last year, the BOCC voted to keep the millage rate even, netting $15 million more and resulting in a 7% tax increase. 

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Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cause I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman
Should 8 percent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cause I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman