(Fiscal year 2013–2014)
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2013‒2014 Adopted Budget is $135.5 million. The budget was adopted at a public hearing on Sept. 24, 2013, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.
The property tax rate for FY 2013–2014 is 0.3283 — 32.83 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The millage rate is about 1 percent less than the FY 2012–2013 millage rate. In addition to property tax revenues, the budget includes funding from state, federal and other sources, including revenue from timber sales, cattle leases and permit fees, and interest earnings and fund balances.
Under the 0.3283 millage rate, the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $49.25 in property taxes to the District.
Funding for restoration projects is increased in the FY 2013–2014 budget by nearly 12 percent above the FY 2012–2013 budget and includes funds for 21 cost-share projects that will protect springs, help achieve minimum flows and levels and enhance water supplies. Reducing administrative costs and implementing additional efficiency measures in its operations allowed the District to dedicate more funds to projects that protect and restore the region’s water resources.
The FY 2013–2014 budget includes approximately $40 million for 10 strategic initiatives:
- Springs protection
- North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership
- Central Florida Water Initiative
- Minimum flows and levels prevention and recovery
- Flood protection — levee/structure rehabilitation
- Upper St. Johns River Basin restoration
- Middle and Lower St. Johns River water quality improvement
- Lake Apopka and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin restoration and lake level management
- Land management enhancement
- Indian River Lagoon protection
The budget also includes funding for:
- Construction of the Fellsmere Water Management Area and the second phase of the Canal 1 Rediversion Project in Brevard and Indian River counties, which are among the final components of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project.
- Projects to reduce nutrient pollution in Lake Apopka in Orange and Lake counties, and Lake George in Putnam and Volusia counties, and downstream water bodies by removing “rough fish” species, primarily gizzard shad.
- On-farm and regional water management cost-share projects that reduce nutrient discharges to the St. Johns River, improve water conservation, and result in more efficient farm management in the tri-county agricultural area of Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
- Expanding data collection to support priority projects and initiatives.