District budget

(Fiscal year 2016–2017)

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s fiscal year (FY) 2016–2017 Adopted Budget is $164.6 million. The budget was adopted at a public hearing on Sept. 27, 2016, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30.

The property tax rate for FY 2016–2017 is 28.85 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The millage rate is about 4.6 percent less than the FY 2015–2016 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 0.2885 millage rate the owner of a $200,000 house with a $50,000 homestead exemption would pay $43.28 in property taxes to the district.

Budget highlights include:

  • Nearly $70 million in cooperative funding, with $7 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.
  • $6.2 million in new state funding for springs protection projects that support local efforts to protect spring flows and water quality.
  • Approximately $6.6 million toward second-year cooperative projects that support local efforts to protect spring flows and water quality.
  • $8.5 million for the Eau Gallie muck dredging project to improve navigation and water quality.
  • $10.2 million for the district’s agricultural cooperative funding program, which assists farmers in implementing water-saving technologies and helps fund dispersed water storage projects.
  • $5.5 million for the Lake Apopka and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin, including $625,000 for the Emeralda Marsh Area 3 Reconnection.
  • $4 million in funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the Lake Apopka Restoration project.
  • $3 million for the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA) Water Management Partnership.
  • $1.4 million for the Canal 1 Rediversion project (Phase 1B) in the Indian River Lagoon Basin.
  • $900,000 for the Fellsmere Water Management Area in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.
  • $2.8 million in new state funding for land management restoration projects, including $750,000 for a water quality improvement project at the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area.