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First approval on Captiva Fire budget

By Staff | Sep 11, 2019

The Captiva Island Fire Control District Board of Commissioners gave a unanimous nod to its budget during the first public hearing last week.

“The budget meeting went well,” Captiva Island Fire District Fire Chief Jeff Pawul said. “They voted unanimously to approve the budget as it was. Everyone agreed that we were fiscally responsible.”

The operating millage rate is 1.7540 mills, which is 4.53 percent above the rolled back rate of 1.6780 mills.

“The millage rate did not change from our proposed notice,” he said.

The resolution also stated that “the tax year 2019 gross taxable value for operating purposes not exempt from taxation within Lee County has been certified by the county property appraiser to the Captiva Island Fire Control District as $1,479,758,338.”

The 2019-2010 tentative budget of $3,588,133, which includes appropriations and revenue, was also adopted.

Pawul said there was in an increase in the budget due to an increase in health insurance, workers compensation insurance and liability insurance.

“It’s our biggest cause for an increase,” he explained.

The budget also reflected repair and maintenance items as well.

“We increased our reserve fund a little bit for the new cancer bill that passed,” Pawul said.

The final hearing will be held at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Captiva Fire Station, 14981 Captiva Drive. The hearing is open to the public.