GNV approves initial millage rate, 2023 budgets

Interim City Manager Cynthia Curry participates in a Gainesville City Commission meeting.
Interim City Manager Cynthia Curry and the City of Gainesville plan to add 22 new full-time positions and to see a $9 million increase in expenditure in the 2023 budget. (File photo by Seth Johnson)

The Gainesville City Commission voted to approve the 2023 millage rate, fire assessment and budgets for the general government and utility on the first reading at a special meeting on Thursday.  

With the approval, the commission will take a final vote on Sept. 22 to finalize the ordinances.  

City Manager Cynthia Curry noted in her report that Gainesville’s taxable assessed value increased for the 10th year in a row—lifting the property tax revenue by $4.5 million.  

The city decided to keep the 2022 millage rate for next year: 5.5000. The rollback rate—the rate at which the city would earn the same amount of money as last year—sat at 5.0351. 

The fire assessment rate will also stay at $133.  

In the 2023 budget, the city expects to add 22 new full-time positions and to see a $9 million increase in expenditure to $154,356,686.  

The Department of Strategy, Planning and Innovation received the largest budget increase of $4.2 million, lifting the total budget to $5.7 million. However, most of that change comes from Curry’s restructuring efforts earlier this year when the department absorbed the Office of Technology and Innovation and its $3.4 million budget.  

Fire Rescue and the Gainesville Police Department got the second and third largest increases of just over $2 million, giving the departments respective budgets of $22 million and $38 million. The police department increase includes more than $600,000 for body cameras.  

The city will continue decreasing the amount of money it takes from Gainesville Regional Utilities. In July 2021, the city voted to lower the transfers by $2 million each year from until 2027.  

For the GRU budget, the utility expects $464 million in revenue for 2023. Of those earnings, $280 million will fund operations and management, $104 will pay off debt, $34 million will transfer to the general government side and $46 million will go into a Utility Plant Improvement Fund.  

Click here to view the city’s proposed budget online.  

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