TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners at a special budget hearing Tuesday evening approved the 2006-2007 fiscal year budget.
The $454.8 million budget is a 12.8 percent increase over last year’s budget. The increase is not due to a millage rate hike, which in fact was decreased .0500 mills this year by the County Commission, but a strong local economy. Property valuation alone increased by 34 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.
“The budget reflects the good fortune of having received 93 percent of our reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dating back to the hurricanes of 2004, as well as a particularly strong economy and housing market in 2005 and 2006,” wrote County Manager Cindy Hall in a budget message to the Board. “That said, there have never been higher demands by our citizens for government services that are of high quality, responsive to their needs and delivered in a timely manner.”
Some highlights of the 2006-2007 fiscal year budget are:
• 25 new positions for the Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division
• Six new positions for the Department of Public Works, Parks and Trails Division
• Construction of the Cagan Crossings Community Library in the Four Corners community
• Funding to initiate purchase of an 800 MHz radio system used by all public safety entities within Lake County
• Construction of a fire station in the Lake Jem community
• Funding to continue development of a 300,000-square-foot expansion for the Judicial Center
• Funding to continue development of a 24,000-square-foot building for constitutional officers and 1,500-space parking garage
For more information about the 2006-2007 Lake County budget, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov or call the Lake County Office of Budget at (352) 343-9452.