The Village of Wellington is preparing the Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget process based on the development, implementation and evaluation of plans for the provision of services and capital assets. The first phase of the budget process is presenting the overall Village budget. The second phase, departmental budgets, will follow in a few weeks.
· The total preliminary FY 2023 budget is $128.5 million as compared to the FY 2022 budget of $134 million, including inter-fund transfers. The $5.5 million decrease is primarily due to capital improvement projects.
· The Fiscal Year 2023 proposed budget continues Wellington’s standard of providing high service levels and maintaining infrastructure. The proposed budget addresses capital projects while maintaining the same millage and ACME assessment rates.
· The preliminary rates compared to FY 2022 are listed below:
|FY2022/2023 Rates||Adopted FY2022||Proposed FY2023||Change||%|
|Millage||2.47 mills||2.47 mills||0.00||0.0%|
|Ad Valorem Revenues||$21,821,983||$24,422,460||$2,600,477||11.9%|
|Acme Improvement District||$230||$230||0.00||0.0%|
|Solid Waste Curbside/Containerized||$171/$121||$220/$170||$49/$49||28.7%-40.5%|
|Water Base Rate||$21.43||$22.18||$0.75||3.5%|
|Per 1,000 gal usage||$2.42-$7.95||$2.50-$8.23||$0.08-$0.26||3.5%|
|Wastewater Base Rate||$20.44||$21.15||$0.71||3.5%|
|Per 1,000 Base Rate||$2.25||$2.33||$0.08||3.6%|
|(1) Based on a certified taxable value of $10.4 billion from PBC Property Appraiser 6.24.22|
- With an estimated 12.7% increase in the 2022 Taxable Value to $10.4 billion, the strength of Wellington’s residential market provides ad valorem tax revenues of $2.6 million more than last year at the preliminary 2.47 millage rate. The revenue value of each .1 mill is $989,000 in FY 2022 compared to $883,000 in FY 2022.
- The ad valorem impact for a homesteaded property valued at $400,000 is an increase of about $33 with a 3% assessed value increase. The increase is $111 for a non-homesteaded property with a 10% assessed value increase.
- Besides increased ad valorem revenues, revenue increases are included in permits/fees which is driven by activity in the Building Department. The Village is including the addition of the SHIP program and there are increased revenues in charges for services driven by strong parks & recreation programs.
- The preliminary FY 2023 budget funds 244 full-time governmental positions, 90,669 part-time hours, 4 supplemental positions, and 2 interns. In the enterprise funds, the budget funds 66 full-time positions, 9 supplemental positions. and 1 intern.
- Capital and Major Maintenance Projects included in the preliminary 2023 Budget include:
|One Time Projects:|
|Public Safety Annex||$3,000,000|
|WCC Improvements||$ 100,000|
|GVS Bike Lanes (Grant Match)||$ 250,000|
|Section 24 Preserve (Grant Match)||$ 500,000|
|Olympia Park Courts (1 of 2 yrs)||$ 600,000|
|Community Park Renovations||$1,500,000|
|Aquatics Complex Replacement||$3,415,024|
|Acme R & R||$ 795,000|
|Neighborhood Parks||$ 320,000|
|Neighborhood Pipe Lining||$ 510,000|
|Park Improvements||$ 325,000|
|Tech. Investment||$ 300,000|
|Multiuse Pathways||$ 380,000|
|Traffic Engineering||$ 75,000|
|Turn Lanes||$ 120,000|
|Communications & Tech Investment||$ 60,000|
|Water Supply Improvements||$ 500,000|
|Water Treatment System||$4 000,000|
|Water Repump and Storage||$ 200,000|
|Force Main Wastewater System||$1,000,000|
|Water Reclamation Facility||$3,550,000|
|Reuse System Improvements||$ 350,000|
The budget process will continue with distribution of capital project and departmental budget information. Public outreach to gain input from residents and stakeholders continues with the Budget Challenge online survey, social media, the upcoming Facebook Virtual Town Hall, and Wellington’s website, www.wellingtonfl.gov/survey.