Water-Related News

SFWMD approves $758M water budget with no discussion

Water managers on Tuesday approved a $758 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year .

South Florida Water Management District tax rates for the coming fiscal year, which starts Sunday, will be $31 per $100,000 of assessed property value in Lee County and $25 per $100,000 of assessed property value in Collier County.

Board members met over the phone and in West Palm Beach and voted unanimously to approve the budget.

No comments were made by board members, and there was no one from the public who wished to speak.

Board member James Moran said last week that the brevity of budget meetings do not reflect the work involved.

"This budget is worked on almost all year long and gets fine-tuned," Moran said at last week's budget meeting. "This is just the formalization of that work."

The budget was built to take advantage of rising property values, which allows water managers to keep the rate lower, the district said.