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Breaking News: City Council votes 4-1 for 4.1876 millage rate and $130 million budget

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The Apopka City Council voted 4-1 at Wednesday's tentative budget hearing to approve a millage rate of 4.1876 for the FY2021-22 budget, which is a tenth-of-a-mill decrease from FY2020-21. The $130 million total budget was also approved by a 4-1 vote.

Commissioner Kyle Becker was the only dissenting vote.

The Council will cast the final vote on millage and budget on September 15th.

The proposed FY 2022 budget totals $130,080,707 for all funds. This represents an increase of $24,118,730 or 22.8% over the FY 2021 budget.

According to the proposed budget on the City website, the 2021-22 version increases by $6,109,485 or 11.7% compared to last year's budget. Capital expenditures in this year’s budget include the following: a fire engine, an ambulance, 21 police vehicles, recreation field lighting, building improvements, computer equipment, and software. The Special Revenue Funds, which are monies restricted for specific purposes, increased $10,234,762 or 88.3%. Some of the capital expenditures in the FY22 special revenue budgets include Transportation Improvements ($7M), Fire Improvements ($2M), Street Improvements ($1.9M), Recreation Improvements ($500K), and Stormwater Improvements ($495K). Finally, the Enterprise Funds increased by $7.8M or 18.5% and is attributed to several water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated in future editions of The Apopka Voice.

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