Captiva Erosion approves tentative budget
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District approved its tentative budget Thursday at the South Seas Island Resort, which will be much greater than it has been in previous years.
The millage rate was increased to 0.4291 mills, up from the rollback rate of 0.2945 as it was last year, a 45.7 percent increase.
The tentative budget comes in at $643,450, up from $455,186 last year, with the biggest increase being the $100,000 for Bay Side Initiatives.
Carolyn Weaver, administrator for the CEPD, said the idea is to find ways to combat sea rise.
“We want to look into sea level rise, but nothing has been specifically decided yet. We’re just planning ahead. We know there are issues with it, we just don’t know what they are and they need to be investigated,” Weaver said.
If the funds are not used, those left over will get rolled over to pay down the renourishment project.
“This is a brand-new thing for us. We spend a lot of time and effort on beach and shore preservation but haven’t dealt into sea level or at Bay Side,” Weaver said.
Dues and subscriptions, insurance, office supplies, repairs, travel and website and computer maintenance also saw substantial increases, along with consultant and professional fees.
The final budget hearing will be held Monday, Sept. 26, at 5:01 p.m.