Compliance with 2015 Truth in Millage Requirements

The City has been notified by the Department of Revenue (DOR) that we are in violation of certain provisions of the Truth in Millage (TRIM) requirements. The specific areas of non-compliance include an inaccurate published notice of the proposed tax increase for this year and the incorrect calculation of the percentage increase from the rolled-back rate. The prior resolution approved by the City provided a rate of 1.9723 per $1000, which was calculated as a 2.65% increase over the prior year rolled-back rate. The levy provided for the collection of $1,284,012 in property taxes.

The typical levy development process begins on or about July 1st of each year when the Santa Rosa Property Appraiser’s Office delivers to the City its taxable value on Form DR-420, Certification of Taxable Value, and Form DR-420TIF, Tax Increment Adjustment Worksheet. TRIM requirements specify that the City must complete these forms and establish a proposed millage rate. The completed forms advise the Property Appraiser of the rolled-back millage rate, the current year proposed millage rate as a percent change over the rolled-back rate and the date and time of the tentative Budget Hearing.

While completing the DR-420 Form, the rolled-back rate was miscalculated. An incorrect number was used in the formula to determine the adjusted current year taxable value. This in turn produced the incorrect rolled-back rate. The end result of this miscalculation was a certification that the rolled-back rate was 1.9213, when it should have been 1.8811. As the subsequent numbers were calculated, this initial error caused the current year proposed millage rate as a percent change over the rolled-back rate to also be inaccurate. The percent of change was stated as 2.65% when it should have been 4.848%.

Another error was committed in the advertisement of the final hearing notice. The notice mistakenly used the final adjusted 2013 levy figure and not the initially proposed levy as required. In 2013, the final levy was reduced from the originally proposed 2.1 mills to 1.9723 mills. This reduced the proposed 2013 levy from $1,365,199 to $1,282,181. The notice requires use of the originally proposed figure; we used the actual.

To correct these violations, the following actions need to be taken:

1. The City will publish a new notice and hold another final hearing on the levy and budget.

2. The City will maintain the 2.65% increase over the prior year rolled-back rate as originally presented to the public. This will result in a lower millage rate of 1.93095. This will reduce the levy from $1,351,592 to $1,323,255 for a difference of $26,919.

The City Council will consider these matters at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 3, 2014. The tax bills sent to our residents will still reflect the original millage rate of 1.9723 instead of the new rate of 1.93095. Any moneys collected in excess of the new levy shall be held in reserve by the Tax Collector until the next fiscal year and will be used to reduce the taxes needed at that time. In other words, the tax bills this year will be based on the initial amount, which is 4.848% greater than the prior year rolled-back rate and not 2.65%. The projected $26,919 overage will be held in reserve and used to offset the 2015 tax levy requirements. We made an attempt to avoid this outcome but the Tax Collector was too far along in the billing process to implement a change in the millage rate.

Should you need any additional information, call Deputy City Manager Curt Carver at (850) 934-5115.

Eastbound U.S. 98 Lane Closure in Gulf Breeze

The City has been notified that starting on Wednesday, October 22nd, Florida Department of Transportation crews will be making emergency repairs to drainage structures on eastbound U.S. Highway 98 that were damaged during last spring's flooding event. The work will require closure of the outer lane beginning at 9:00 AM on October 22nd and continuing until Friday, October 31st. This work will be focused along the area between Gulf Breeze Middle School and Daniel Drive. Crews contracted with FDOT will work around the clock to complete repairs.

Unfortunately, the City is unable to control the time and manner during which the FDOT undertakes work on State roadways. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during your commute through the City.

All construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to pay attention and use caution when driving through the work zone. For more information, follow the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like them on Facebook at
https://facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.

Hwy 98 Alternating Lane Closures (11/02 – 11/06)

The City has been notified by the Florida Department of Transportation that drivers will encounter alternating lane closures on U.S. 98 (Gulf Breeze Parkway) between the Pensacola Bay Bridge and Naval Live Oaks Park, Sunday, Nov. 2 through Thursday, Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The closures will allow crews to widen the turn lanes. The planned construction work is weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Unfortunately, the City is unable to control the time and manner during which the FDOT undertakes work on State roadways. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during your commute through the City.

Nighttime Lane Closures Planned for U.S. 98 In The City Of Gulf Breeze

Paving operations on U.S. 98 (Gulf Breeze Parkway) between the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Live Oak Village shopping center, Sunday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 25. The closures will take place each night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction and access to private property will be maintained at all times. The planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade

The 2014 Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Line up starts at 8 a.m. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. All parade participants should be in line no later than 9:30 a.m. Entry fees are due by Wednesday, December 4th $10.00 for non-profit organizations and $25.00 for all others. For more information please contact Leslie or Stephanie at the City of Gulf Breeze 850-934-5115 or lguyer@gulfbreezefl.gov. Click on this link to download the parade entry form and map.

A Letter from Gulf Breeze Natural Gas

Dear Valued Customer,

You may have read or heard recent news articles concerning Natural Gas safety and cast iron pipelines or uncoated metal gas lines. In an effort to address this, we are pleased to report that The Gulf Breeze Natural Gas system does not contain any cast iron or bare metal gas mains.

Our pipeline system is constructed of coated steel mains with cathodic protection and medium density polyethylene (PE) pipe. This PE pipe is specifically manufactured for the natural gas industry.

Our goal at Gulf Breeze Natural Gas is to provide you with a safe operating system. If you desire additional information or have any questions, please contact us.

Sincerely,
Harrold Hatcher
Compliance Officer
HHatcher@gulfbreezefl.gov
850-934-5136

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FLOOD VICTIMS – UTILITY WAIVER

If the April 30, 2014 deluge (the "Spring Flooding Event") caused your property to be uninhabitable, the City Council has established a utility waiver program to waive utilities while repairs/reconstruction were (or are) underway. A copy of the utility waiver is available here. Addresses are checked against City and County damage assessment lists before waivers are approved.

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