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Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Fiscal Year 2015 Tentative Budget

On August 12, 2014 the Governing Board approved to accept $8.1M from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for springs projects grant funding, subject to the approval of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission as stipulated in the FY2014-2015 General Appropriations Act appropriation line 1645 proviso language. The Governing Board also approved increasing the District's FY 2014-2015 Tentative Budget to $33.4M.

The springs grants will increase the Contractual Services category in Program Area 2.0 within the August 1, 2014 Tentative Budget Submission Report by $8.1M. The springs grants will also increase the District's budget allocation for springs protection and restoration to nearly 64%.

On July 8, 2014, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) approved a tentative budget of $24.5 million and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as fiscal year 2013.

On July 22, 2014, the Governing Board voted to reduce the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 millage rate for property owners. The Board approved reducing the millage rate to 0.4141 from 0.4143 resulting in a decreased rate that benefits taxpayers.

The tentative budget will enable the District to protect water resources for the benefit of our citizens and natural system. Taxes paid to the District contribute to numerous public services such as protecting springs and rivers, water supply planning, and water resource development. Springs projects and programs represent roughly 42% of the budget.

The District will hold two public hearings - Sept 9, and Sept 23, 2014 before the budget and millage rate will be adopted. Both meetings will begin at 5:05 p.m. at the District headquarters in Live Oak, FL. The final budget and millage rate will be adopted at the Sept 23, hearing. The public is encouraged to attend.

The increase from the Preliminary Budget ($22.5M) to the Tentative Budget ($24.5M) is due to unanticipated project funds being carrying forward from the prior fiscal year.

In accordance with statutory requirement, the District will present a tentative budget to the Governor and Legislature by August 1st. The Tentative Budget provides the Governor and Legislature with oversight of the district's budget.

With the assistance of projected state and federal funding, the tentative budget supports the District's core mission, including springs protection, and maintains reserve funding for cost-share programs.

View the 2015 August 1 Tentative Budget Submission Report (PDF, 9.77MB)

Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget

On December 10, 2013, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) approved a preliminary budget of $22,468,840 and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as FY 2014.

In accordance with a new statutory requirement, the District must present a preliminary budget to the Legislature by January 15. The preliminary budget provides the Legislature with additional oversight of the district's budget.

See all FY 2015 budget development documents.