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Lantana boards approve budgets, set tax rate

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Lantana Water TowerThe two Lantana Fresh Water Supply District boards at their September meetings approved their respective 2016-17 fiscal year budgets and property tax rates.

Expected revenues for FWSD #6 and #7 for the 12 month period that started Oct. 1 are just under $20 million and combined expenses are budgeted at $18.6 million, with more than half of the expenses consisting of municipal bond payments.

Most of the bonds are estimated to be paid off in FWSD #6 in the year 2027 and FWSD #7 in 2038, according to District Controller Rich Harned.

The budget contains a 3.75 percent increase for personnel expenses and the addition of two full-time employees.

There are also plans this fiscal year to replace 200 residential water meters that are at least ten years old.

A tax rate of $1 per $100 of property valuation was passed by the boards, which remains unchanged since the inception of the districts.

Despite the tax rate holding steady, the districts stand to collect 6 percent more revenue than last year due to rising property values and new construction.

The boards also passed a $1 per month base rate increase on water service effective Nov. 1 to cover the increase from raw water suppliers.

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