Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

Fiscal Year 2016 Adopted Budget

At the final public hearing on September 22, 2015, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) adopted a millage rate of 0.4104, and adopted a final budget of $43.34 million. The budget will enable the District to protect water resources for the benefit of our citizens and natural systems. Taxes paid to the District contribute to numerous public services such as protecting springs and rivers, water supply planning, and water resource development. Springs projects and programs represent over 60% of the District's budget.

On September 8, 2015, at the first of two public hearings, the District Governing Board approved a millage rate of 0.4104, which is a 0.05% reduction of the prior fiscal year (FY). The Board also approved a tentative budget of $33.43 million.

Budget Supports the District's Water Responsibilities

The FY 2016 Final Budget supports the District's water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems responsibilities. The Final Budget includes $5.58 million in projected ad valorem revenue and $20.11 million in reserves for agricultural and local government cost-share projects, springs protection and restoration projects, water supply planning, water resource development projects, water quality improvement projects, and natural systems projects.

The Final Budget also includes FY 2016 State appropriations of $3.92 million for water supply protection and development activities, minimum flows and levels program, water quality improvement projects, operational activities and regulatory initiatives. Additionally, the Final Budget includes $5.03 million for seven new springs protection and restoration grants. Approximately 57% of the District's budget is allocated to springs protection and restoration.

The Final Budget also has $1.02 million from a Federal grant for implementation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Risk Map program to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and to reduce future flooding vulnerability.

Budget Reflects Employees & Interns

The Final FY 2016 Budget reflects a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) work force of 68 employees and two student intern positions. The District does not have any OPS or contingent worker positions.

FY 2016 Tentative Budget

In accordance with statutory requirement, the District presented a final budget to the Governor and Legislature by August 1st. The Final Budget provided the Governor and Legislature with a detailed overview of the district's budget.

On July 14, 2015, the Governing Board approved a tentative budget of $43.34 million and voted to reduce the millage rate. The Board approved a rollback millage rate of 0.4104 resulting in a tax decrease for property owners. The tentative budget includes new springs grants funding from DEP for springs protection and restoration projects. With the continual assistance of projected state and federal funding, the tentative budget supports the District's core mission, including springs protection, and maintains reserve funding for cost-share programs.

FY 2016 Preliminary Budget

On December 9, 2014, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District approved a preliminary budget of $25,075,545 and a proposed millage rate of 0.4141 - the same rate as FY 2015.

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.

Key FY 2016 Budget Development Documents:

See all FY 2016 budget development documents.