Belleair Shore Sets Final Budget
By Leo Coughlin
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - On Tuesday evening Belleair Shore town commissioners set the final budget for fiscal year 2011 at $87,200, pending final approval and hearings in September.
The town's outlays are $2,200 less than last year and the budget is based on a millage rate of .6646, the rollback rate, which although higher than last year's millage rate of .5888 brings in an equal amount of money because of property values being down in the stricken economy.
Also easing the budgetary situation was the transfer of $10,000 in excess funds into general revenues, in effect a tax break for town residents.
Hearings for the public September 15 and 28 will put the final seal on the budget.
Belleair Shore spends less money these days than it did some years ago when the town was plagued with a lot of legal wrangles. Life has been calm and sedate under the regimen of Mayor John Robertson.
Postponed to the August 17 meeting was an ordinance that will ensure that the town's land development regulations conform to county law. At that time, the Town Commission will sit as the Planning Board.
Belleair Shore will serve as host for the BIG-C meeting to be held July 28 at the Belleair Beach Community Center. The group is made up of beach communities.
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