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Captiva Fire sets tentative millage, budget

September 12, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Captiva Island Fire Control District Chief Jeff Pawul believes his budget is efficient and will do what it needs to protect residents without being wasteful.

That is what he said Friday after the fire commission on Thursday approved a tentative millage and budget for the 2019 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

At the first of two public hearings on the budget, the board voted to approve a not-to-exceed millage of 1.700 mills, 10.71 percent more than the roll-back rate of 1.5356 mills. The millage rate for the current year is 1.5905.

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Jeff Pawul

A mill is $1 per every $1,000 of taxable valuation. The "rollback" rate is the rate at which the same amount of revenue would be generated.

The rate passed was the same rate the board voted unanimously for in July. The budget was also set at $3,295,625 in a meeting that featured no objections from the public and took less than 20 minute from start to finish.

Pawul said he hoped to bring the district's reserves fund up $130,000, and noted that there has also been a 12 percent increase in the district's health insurance, which it receives through Lee County.

The cap millage rate also takes into consideration future payments on the district's new boat.

"It's an efficient budget, as-needed and not wasteful. We do what we can to help our residents without being wasteful," Pawul said, who became fire chief in March.

According to the Lee County Property Appraiser's Office, the district's property valuations rose approximately 3 percent this past year. The final public hearing will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5:01 p.m.



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