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Fiscal Year 2014 Budget
Fiscal Year 2014 Adopted Budget

A key emphasis in the budget is springs restoration and protection. With the help of more than $11 million in State appropriations, the District is devoting about 45 percent of the budget to springs projects that will help maintain spring flows, improve water quality, and increase water supplies.

Two strategic springs projects are the Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement project and the Middle Suwannee River Restoration and Aquifer Recharge project. The Ichetucknee Springshed Water Quality Improvement project will reduce the City of Lake City’s wastewater nutrient loading to the Ichetucknee River by about 85 percent by converting the City’s sprayfield into wetlands to provide additional wastewater treatment. The Middle Suwannee River Restoration and Aquifer Recharge project will rehydrate about 4,000 acres of wetlands and 1,500 acres of ponds, which will increase groundwater supplies in the region. The project will benefit numerous springs along the Middle Suwannee River.

The budget also includes State funding for the minimum flows and levels program, water quality improvement projects, and management and natural system protection activities. Federal funding is included in the budget for the Risk Map program to provide quality data that increases public awareness to reduce future flooding vulnerability.

The District is pleased to have a budget that demonstrates our commitment to water resource protection for the benefit of our citizens and natural systems. The budget reflects the District’s commitment to springs and water supply enhancement projects.

The 1st Public Hearing on the Budget was held on September 10, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at District Headquarters. The Final Public Hearing on the Budget was held on September 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at District Headquarters.

Budget Priorities

Continuation of:
  • Heartland Springs Initiative.
  • Minimum flows and levels (MFLs).
  • North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership.
  • Aquifer recharge feasibility study.
  • Land management and surplus lands programs.
  • Data collection, monitoring and analysis.
  • Agricultural cost-share program.
  • Santa Fe and Suwannee River Basins Nutrient Reduction and Irrigation Retrofit program.
  • RIVER (Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources) cost-share program.

Commencement of:
  • Otter Springs restoration.
  • Aquifer replenishment projects.
  • Dispersed water storage projects.
  • Developing MFLs for the Aucilla River, Wacissa River, Econfina River, Fenholloway River, Steinhatchee River, and Lake Palestine.

Fiscal Year 2014 Tentative Budget

On July 9, 2013, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) approved a tentative budget of $23.79 million and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as fiscal year 2013. The increases from the Preliminary Budget ($14.9M) to the Tentative Budget ($23.79M) are due to additional state appropriations for springs protection and restoration and reserves from cost-share programs that are incorporated into the operational budget.

In accordance with statutory requirement, the District presented 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 funding, the tentative budget supports the District's core mission, including springs protection, and maintains reserve funding for cost-share programs.

Fiscal Year 2014 Preliminary Budget

On December 11, 2012, the Governor Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) approved a preliminary budget of $14.9 million, and a proposed millage rate of 0.4143 - the same rate as FY 2013.

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 2014 budget development documents.