Palmetto Bay council members have voted to advertise the same tax rate for the 2013-2014 budget year.
The village is looking at a tax rate of $2.447 per $1,000 of taxable property, which has been the rate since 2010.
The owner of a $300,000 home would pay about $624 in village tax. That’s a $12 increase, and assumes the owner qualifies for the standard $50,000 homestead exemption, and that the home’s taxable value increased by 1.7 percent, the maximum allowed this year for an owner-occupied home.
The July 11 vote was unanimous. While the council can lower the advertised rate during the budget season, they can’t easily increase it.
The council will hold two public hearings on the budget, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Sept. 18, at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus St.
The proposed tax rate and hearing dates will be included in a state-mandated letter known as a “TRIM Notice” that residents will receive in August, listing proposed tax rates of the village, county, school board and other local agencies.
The new budget year starts Oct. 1.
Also at the meeting, the council voted 3-2 to release the minutes of closed sessions held to talk to their lawyers before an unsuccessful appeal involving Palmer Trinity School. The appeals were about a rezoning request by Palmer Trinity as well as the issue of how many students the school is allowed to enroll.
Florida law allows for the closed sessions where local governments meet in private with their attorneys to discuss a case settlement.
“The law is clear in cases that are finished that shade sessions should be released,” said Vice Mayor John DuBois, who brought forward the motion. “We certainly have the right to do it."
Council members Tim Schaffer and Patrick Fiore supported DuBois’ motion. Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and Councilwoman Joan Lindsay voted against.
During the meeting, Lindsay said that information from the Third District Court of Appeal cases is included in another complaint filed by Palmer Trinity against the village, which is still in litigation.
"Releasing the shade sessions does not benefit the people of this village," she said.
In other business, the council approved the following items:
• For village staff to work on a request for proposals for public-opinion-survey services.
• Placement of a bronze sculpture depicting mangroves and pelicans in village hall’s courtyard.
• A bid award to Tabor Construction Corp. for pedestrian bridge renovations at Coral Reef Park.
• A bid award to Tip Top Enterprises for landscape and ground maintenance at village parks.