Final votes on tax rate and budget coming in September
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH -- Whether property owners will pay more or less on next year's tax bill is still up in the air.
Earlier this month, the Vero Beach City Council approved a tentative tax rate of approximately $2.03 per $1,000 of taxable property value for the 2013-14 year, which is the same rate that was used for this year, but because property values are being estimated to be slightly higher next year, some residents could see a higher tax bill.
The actual value of the rate is $2.0336 per $1,000 of taxable value.
Some council members said they would support a lower "rollback rate," of about $2.01 per $1,000 of taxable value in a final vote to be held in September.
A rollback rate is a rate determined to bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous year.
According to a report from the county property appraiser, the city should see an uptick in property values of about 1.7 percent, so the current approved rate of $2.03 per $1,000 of taxable value would actually bring in slightly more revenue than last year.
Using the tentatively approved rate, a homeowner with a house with a taxable value of $150,000 would pay $305.40 to the city in taxes, whereas the same homeowner would pay $302.13 at the lower rate.
Councilmen Jay Kramer and Dick Winger expressed concern that the tax rate would stay the same, but the services provided by the city would be decreased.
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