(Fiscal year 2014–2015)
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2014–2015 Adopted Budget is $145.5 million. The budget was adopted at a public hearing on Sept. 23, 2014, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.
The property tax rate for FY 2014–2015 is 0.3164 — 31.6 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The millage rate is about 3.6 percent less than the FY 2013–2014 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.
Under the 0.3164 millage rate, the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $47.46 in property taxes to the District.
Major projects in the budget focus on District initiatives supporting minimum flows and levels prevention and recovery strategies, springs protection, and water quality protection in the Indian River Lagoon, Northern Coastal Basins and the middle and lower St. Johns River basins. The final budget includes $33.6 million in cooperative cost-share funding for construction of projects that will help to reduce nutrient loading in springsheds and other water bodies, develop traditional and alternative water supplies, and conserve water. Funds also will pay for reclaimed water and stormwater projects, water conservation, muck removal and restoration activities.
The FY 2014–2015 budget includes approximately $41 million for strategic initiatives:
- Springs protection
- North Florida Water Initiative
- 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:
- Completion of the Fellsmere Water Management Area and the final 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
- Construction of the 1,300-acre C-10 Reservoir in Brevard County, which will provide additional water storage and treatment and nutrient reduction benefits
- Construction of Lower Floridan aquifer wells, which will help to expand data collection to support priority District initiatives