District budget

Fiscal year 2017–2018

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2017–2018 Adopted Budget is $160.4 million. The budget was adopted at a public hearing on Sept. 26, 2017, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.

The property tax rate for FY 2017–2018 is 27.24 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The millage rate is about 5.6 percent less than the FY 2016–2017 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 a 0.2724 millage rate the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $40.86 in property taxes to the district.

Budget highlights include:

  • More than $71 million in cooperative funding, with $3.6 million specifically to support water projects in economically disadvantaged rural communities and for innovative technologies, as well as springs and priority water body protection and restoration, water conservation initiatives with public water suppliers, and projects to enhance the reuse of reclaimed water.
  • $9.5 million in new state funding for springs protection projects that support local efforts to protect spring flows and water quality.
  • $7 million for removal of nutrient-rich muck in the Eau Gallie River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.
  • $8.8 million in state funds for Lake Apopka projects, including enhancements to the marsh flow-way system.
  • $5 million in legislative funds for the Black Creek Water Resource Development Project to provide aquifer recharge in northeast Florida.