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Sarasota News Leader September 27, 2013 Page 73 crease. Neither apparently had anticipated its FY 2014 spending plan. She has protested the question. the continued reliance on the county's economic uncertainty reserve fund to balance the Caragiulo said, "There's certainly money that budget. could be saved." Snyder replied, "I don't need to get into that, because that is not what I was The County Commission kept its millage rate prepared for." at the 2012 level of 3.3912, though that will mean a slight increase in tax bills for some The millage increase on a $200,000 home will homeowners, as property values went up cost an additional $50. The total budget is 4.2 percent across the county this year. The $191 million. Property tax revenue accounts board's resolution regarding the final millage for less than half that sum. rates also notes the total is a 3.3 percent increase over the rolled-back rate of 3.2828. THE COUNTY SIDE During the County Commission's second re- The FY 2014 budget is $1,077,919,038, about quired public hearing on the budget, held Sept. 20 percent higher than the 2013 spending plan 23 in Venice, no one came forward to speak. when it was adopted. With Commissioner Christine Robinson again Just before the board vote, Robinson told the in the minority, the board voted 4-1 to approve audience she wanted to make it clear the com- A chart compares total county budgets for the fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Image courtesy of Sarasota County

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