1st Public Hearing of City's Proposed Budget
Lake Worth City Commissioners have held four workshops on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. The Mayor and Commissioners have made difficult policy decisions and provided staff direction in formulating the budget for the City of Lake Worth for the upcoming fiscal year. The first public hearing of the proposed budget will be held at 6:00pm in Commission Chambers at City Hall tonight (Tuesday, September 13).
Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget | Effective October 1, 2016
- No Change in the General Fund Millage Rate – 5.4945 mils
- No Change in the Electric Utility Rate
- Use of approximately $365,287 of General Fund available balance
- Increase in Local Sewer Rates of 3% to off-set increased capital projects related to East Coast Central Regional Facility
- Increase in Water Rates of 2.75% to offset capital projects including the 2” waterline replacement program
- No changes in Sanitation & Stormwater rates
- No changes to Parking Rates
- Contract with Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office for five (5) additional Deputy Sheriffs
Public safety is a primary concern of your City government. For the first time since 2010, Lake Worth will be adding to the number of sworn deputies that are provided under the contract with the Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office. There will be five (5) new officers on Lake Worth patrols:
- Two (2) Added to the Night Shift Patrol
- Two (2) Dedicated to Beach, Old Bridge Park, Bryant Park and Snook Islands.
- One (1) Dedicated to Downtown Corridor Patrol/Cultural Plaza– this will allow for 7 days/week coverage
Note: These are in addition to the officers that are already responding to citizen needs.
Our own PBSO Captain Baer has placed these added patrols strategically to combat issues that are affecting cities: alcohol abuse, the heroin epidemic, drug proliferation and the resulting crime that may ensue.
If approved, the budget will move to a 2nd public hearing and adoption on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.