Dania Beach commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to tentatively keep they city’s property tax rate for the upcoming year the same as this fiscal year’s.
If the same rate is kept, Dania Beach homeowners will continue to pay just a sliver under $6 — $5.9998 — per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value.
“I think it’s important in this economic time; I think it’s important that the taxpayers don’t pay more,” said Commissioner Anne Castro.
This means that on a home worth $200,000 with a standard $50,000 homestead exemption, homeowners would pay roughly $900 a year in city property taxes. County, school district, hospital and other property levies are additional.
Commissioners also unanimously decided to tentatively keep the city’s fire and stormwater assessment rates the same as last year’s.
The city’s current fire assessment is set at $128.42, and the stormwater rate is $40.
Commissioners voted 4-1 for a preliminary increase in the solid water assessment rate by $2.28 a year, to $271.68, with Commissioner Walter Duke dissenting.
The approved tax rates are tentative, and could later be decreased but not increased..
These rates will be discussed further at the city’s two public hearings, the first of which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall.
“It might decrease under the budget workshop,” said Castro. “When we sit and do our numbers, it could come down.”
Meanwhile, the city manager’s proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which will begin Oct. 1, is to be decided on by commissioners within the next two months.
“We are just starting the process now,” Castro said.
An additional workshop is likely to be scheduled to discuss the budget, she said. “We have a city manager’s proposed budget which is extremely loose at this point,” she said.