(Fiscal year 2012–2013)
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2012–2013 Adopted Budget totals $120.7 million, which is 6 percent less than the FY 2011–2012 budget. The decrease is due to declining property tax revenues and other District revenue sources, and reductions in federal revenues. The reduction in the FY 2012–2013 budget also reflects a new budgeting practice of budgeting only the amount anticipated to be expended during the fiscal year and not including carryover funds.
The property tax rate for FY 2012–2013 is 0.3313 — 33.13 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value — and remains unchanged from the prior fiscal year. Under this millage rate, the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $49.70 in property taxes to the District.
The District’s FY 2012–2013 Adopted Budget allocates fiscal and staff resources in a manner that will achieve the District’s core mission responsibilities for water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.
Key core mission objectives and priorities for FY 2012–2013 include:
- Construct, operate and maintain flood protection and restoration projects
- Manage District lands
- Develop and implement minimum flows and levels prevention-recovery strategies
- Streamline environmental resource and consumptive use permitting, and enhance customer service
- Conduct hydrologic, water quality and environmental monitoring
- Focus on engineering, hydrogeology and scientific core competencies
Key projects and initiatives for FY 2012–2013 include:
- Springs protection
- North Florida Aquifer Replenishment Initiative
- Fellsmere Water Management Area
- Canal 1 / Canal 10 rediversion
- Reuse and treatment projects in the lower and middle St. Johns River basins
- Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration
- Groundwater resource assessments and exploration
- Gizzard shad harvesting and alum treatment projects to protect and improve water quality in the Ocklawaha River Basin
- Flood control structure rehabilitation