Fiscal year 2019–2020
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2019–2020 Adopted Budget is $158 million. The budget was adopted at a public hearing on Sept. 24, 2019, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.
The property tax rate for FY 2019–2020 is 24.14 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The adopted FY 2019-2020 millage rate is about 5.8 percent less than the adopted FY 2018–2019 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 0.2414 millage rate the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $36.21 in property taxes to the district.
Budget highlights include:
- More than $68.2 million in cooperative funding, with up to $3.5 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.
- $3.3 million in state funds for Lake Apopka projects, including enhancements to the marsh flow-way system.
- $4 million in legislative funds for three Doctors Lake nutrient reduction projects.
- $10.7 million for springs protection projects.
- Continued progress on the Black Creek Water Resource Development project ($46 million), which should provide approximately 5–10 million gallons per day in aquifer recharge to the Keystone Lakes region when complete.