At its July 27th meeting, the Apopka City Council voted 5-0 to maintain the same millage rate of 4.1876 it voted for in the 2021-22 budget. The vote preceded three days of budget workshops and a debate about staffing, safety, and training for the Apopka Fire Department during the regular City Council meeting.
According to City Administrator Edward Bass, and the tentative budget on the City's website, the general fund is at $64.2 million, which is a 9.84% higher increase over last year's budget. It includes approximately $39 million for public safety - $17.8 million for the Apopka Fire Department and $21.2 for the Apopka Police Department.
Included in the expenditures are a replacement fire engine, six new firefighters, and 20 new vehicles.
The City used $1.4 million of its reserves to balance the budget, but maintains a 25% reserve balance.
Property assessments increased 21.5% in 2022, which added $3.6 million to taxes collected in this budget cycle.
After the vote, budget hearings were set for September 7th and 14th.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details in future editions of The Apopka Voice.
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