City Cuts Tax Rate for 2013

Miami Gardens’ property tax rate will drop in the coming year under a nearly $113 million budget approved by City Council in September. The tax decrease lowers the millage rate from 6.626 mills to 6.326 mills. A mill is equal to $1 per $1,000 of taxable value. The decrease amounts to a savings of approximately $21 a year for a house with a $70,000 taxable value.

In the new fiscal year which began October 1st, officials expect to spend on items such as debt payments, road paving, staff salaries and capital projects. Included in the new budget are 10 additional police officers partially funded by a federal grant and replacement vehicles for the City’s aging police fleet. Other projects include the paving of NW 25th Avenue adjacent to the County Service Center and the construction of a pedestrian bridge for school children across the 42nd Avenue canal at 175th Street. This project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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