Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Commission Takes Heart, Lends Hand to Non-Profits

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Commission Takes Heart, Lends Hand to Non-Profits

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Byline: TERRY BROWN

The St. Johns County Commission voted to help non-profits in the county during its final budget hearing Tuesday. The five members also voted unanimously to approve an 8 percent property tax decrease, the largest ad valorem decrease in county history.

Commission ok's tax cut

Final approval benefits residents: County Commissioners unanimously approved an 8.37 percent property tax decrease, the largest ad valorem decrease in the county's history. Doug Timms, director of the county's Office of Management and Budget said the millage rate drop was required after the state ordered a 9 percent cut on everything except fire protection, which only required a 3 percent rollback. The county budget is $707.1 million and is set to go into effect on Oct. 1.

Sigh of relief: Many of the county's non-profit agencies breathed easier as commissioners voted to fund $1.3 million in services like feeding the county's poor and helping the elderly, to helping residents learn to read. …

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