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Tax rate could rise for park district…but not as much as expected

Your taxes could rise to help pay for the new public golf course and other park and nature center projects.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District set a tentative 15 percent higher millage rate at a public hearing Wednesday. That’s less than half the hike as expected.

A millage is $1 for every $1,000 in home value. The district counts on property taxes for most of its revenue. If approved, more than 100,000 Boca city and county residents who live in the district would be affected.

In a surprise move, most commissioners voted down a higher increase. They went for the middle ground instead.

If it’s approved at the next hearing, the 1.0519 hike would raise $7,666,800 in the next budget year.

The district’s last rate hike was three years ago, said Briann Harms, executive director. “Tonight is the tentative adoption. We have other options,” she said.

“This not the final say,” added Commissioner Steve Engel.

The district also approved a tentative budget of $43,350,300. The final budget hearing is 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the district’s boardroom in the Swim & Racquet Center.

By Marci Shatzman

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