City approves budget

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By Pat Hibbs

The Williston City Council gave final approval to resolutions 2008-23 and 2008-24 at a special meeting on Tuesday evening.

The first of those resolutions set the millage rate for the 2008-2009 fiscal year at 5.9025 mills. That was the rollback rate recommended by Finance Director Mark Schiefer and accepted at earlier meetings by the council. The roll back rate represents the millage rate that is necessary for the city to realize the same ad valorem revenues as in the last fiscal year, based on property values.

The millage rate for the last fiscal year was 5.5 mills, but the increase was necessary due to declining property values as determined by the Levy County property appraiser.

Resolution 2008-24 confirmed the budget of about $13 million for the city, which council members had agreed on after much wrangling and soul-searching.

Council also scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 30, to discuss the applications for city manager. Each council member had submitted appraisal sheets for the candidates, among 24 applications received, whose qualifications they would like to further explore.

City clerk Barbara Henson will tally the scores and submit the chosen resumes to the council at the September 30 meeting.

The public is invited - and encouraged - to attend the meeting, which will take place in the city council chambers at 7 p.m.