ADA Compliance
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: wfranke@citystaug.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: tgrant@citystaug.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Consumer Confidence Report
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City Approves 2005-2006 Budget

Even though there are no paper hats or streamers and no Guy Lombardo Orchestra, October 1 is the start of a new year for the City of St. Augustine -- fiscal year that is.

After two public hearings in the month of September, the City of St. Augustine passed its 2005-2006 budget.

For this fiscal year, the City’s budget is based on no increase in the millage rate, but does include an increase in the fire assessment fee.

It should be no surprise to anyone that property values have increased considerably in recent years and so has the taxable value of property. A decade ago that value was placed at a little more than $300 million. Today that value is over $1.3 billion. Likewise, the city’s total operating budget has risen to nearly $45 million for this coming fiscal year.

Budget Highlights

Fire assessment fee

Unlike property taxes, the fire assessment fee is paid by all property owners, including those who are exempt from property taxes such as churches and educational intuitions. The increase in the fire assessment fee is from $.01 per sq. ft. of a building’s enclosed area to $.04. For a 1500 sq. ft. building, the annual fee will rise from $15 to $60 per year.

Municipal Marina fees

Fees for services offered by the city’s Municipal Marina have also increased. Fees (per foot) for dockage increased from $1.60 to $1.90 for daily dockage, from $8.00 to $9.50 for weekly dockage, from $16.50 to $19.00 for monthly short term dockage (less than three months) but long-term monthly dockage remains at $13.50. Dockage for dinghies has increased from $7.50 to $10.00 daily. Even with these increases, the Municipal Marina remains competitive with other marinas in the area.

Utility fees

The minimum monthly utility fee for customers living inside the city has increased $.58 per month from $53.83 to $54.41 which includes water (3,000 gal or less), sewer, stormwater and solid waste services. Connection fees for new service also increased by approximately 15%.

Priority project list

The budget includes over $500,000 to fund a priority list of wide ranging projects, some new and others continuing. Among the new projects was a revolving fund to save threatened historic properties to which $100,000 was allocated. To view the entire priority list of projects, click on the link below.
Priority Funding List

Review the Budget

The city’s entire budget includes seven separate funds but only the General Fund is supported by property (ad valorem) taxes and fire assessment fees. The other funds are all enterprise, or proprietary funds, meaning that they are funded through service fees and must be financially self-supporting by those who use those services.

To view the details of each of the separate funds, click on the links below.
General Fund Summary
Utility Fund Summary
Stormwater Fund Summary
Solid Waste Fund Summary
Municipal Marina Fund Summary
Heritage Tourism Fund Summary
Community Redevelopment Agency Fund Summary

Budget Presentation

During the Commission’s August 12 budget workshop, staff presented a comprehensive review of the proposed budget utilizing an in depth PowerPoint presentation. To view the presentation in its entirety, click on the link below. (Note, the presentation has over 90 slides and will likely take a few minutes to download.)
Budget Presentation

 

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