CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Clay County property homeowners can pay extra in taxes subsequent 12 months.
The Clay County Board of County Fee voted to boost property taxes, known as a millage improve, for the primary time in six years.
The millage fee will go up from 8.101 to eight.601. So, you probably have a $250,000 dwelling with a $50,000 homestead exemption, that may equal out to $100 extra a 12 months you pay in property taxes.
The reason being to assist fund the Clay County Sheriff’s Workplace and Clay County Hearth Rescue. The Sheriff’s Workplace, notably, has struggled to maintain workers who’ve made decrease wages than in different counties.
“We will’t print cash, so we now have to search for different sources of income,” Clay County Commissioner Jim Renninger informed News4Jax. “And if any person says there are methods it can save you cash in different areas of the funds, effectively, inform me the place they’re at.”
Renninger says 37% of Sheriff’s Workplace workers have been making under market minimal.
“We misplaced 180 deputies within the final 3.5 years. We turned a coaching floor. That prices cash. It was over $6.1 million in being a coaching floor for JSO (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace), in addition to St. Johns,” Renninger mentioned.
However there are considerations. Commissioner Betsy Congdon represents Keystone Heights and Middleburg the place wages are decrease. Congdon says she totally helps police and hearth however voted towards the tax hike, saying it is going to be arduous on her constituents.
“The residents of District 4 requested me to — people who weren’t related with the Sheriff’s Workplace or Hearth Division. I talked to a variety of them who mentioned make do with what you could have,” Congdon mentioned.
There have been a wide range of reactions within the Information 4 Clay County Fb group.
“Close to the underside of the state for compensating our deputies and our present staffing ranges replicate that,” one particular person wrote.
One other wrote: “A lot waste within the native economic system that might have been used for this and never elevate our tax’s (sic).”
Renninger says that regardless of the tax hike, Clay County is twenty fifth in inhabitants however 62nd in Florida in general tax spending.
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