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Cape Council to set millage cap on Monday

By Staff | Jul 27, 2017

City Council faces a couple of busy weeks ahead of it with multiple meetings scheduled.

First up is a regular meeting Monday in Council Chambers followed on Wednesday by a special meeting to specifically discuss the North 2 Utilities Extension Project assessments.

Council will take up two public hearings on Monday and make appointments to its Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the Construction Regulation Board.

The first ordinance hearing seeks approval of a Planned Development Project (PDP)?entitled Shamrock Pines. The 9.35-acre parcel is located at 3333 Old Burnt Store Road with a mixed land use designation and zoned agricultural.

The PDP calls for development into three lots for residential and agricultural uses, and includes a retention pond and two conservation tracts for wetlands. The PDP comes with city staff and hearing examiner recommendations for approval.

A resolution hearing seeks public input in establishing the proposed millage rate for Fiscal Year 2018. It also establishes the public hearing dates for the adoption of the millage rate and operating budget to be provided to the Lee County Property Appraiser.

The rate to be set Monday is a not-to-exceed rate that recommended to be set at the same rate as the previous year (6.75 mils). City Manager John Szerlag has proposed a cut of .25 mils to lower the rate to 6.50 mils. The final rate will be set during the September public hearings to finalize the city’s operating budget for 2018.

Both meetings start at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Three council meetings lie ahead the following week with two of those being special joint meetings (Aug. 8 and 10) with the Budget Review Committee to dig through the proposed budget components. Both joint meetings start at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers.