Aaronson to tourism group: PBC tax rate increase is “almost inevitable”by Jennifer Sorentrue | April 12th, 2012
Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson says that is “almost inevitable” that his counterparts on the commission will raise the countywide property tax rate this year to help fill as much as a $30 million budget shortfall.
Aaronson told members of the county’s Tourist Development Council on Thursday that the commission is going to be looking for “every nickel and dime” to avoid service cuts and layoffs.
“When we look at our budget we are going to be looking for every nickel and dime,” said Aaronson, who serves as the tourism group’s chairman. “I think it is almost inevitable that we will have to go up in millage.”
After the comment, Aaronson was quick to add that he was “not saying” the commission would definitely move forward with a tax rate increase.
This year’s tax rate is $4.78 for every $1,000 of taxable value.
During a six hour budget retreat last month, a majority of commissioners failed to come to an agreement on budget several key issues, including whether to increase the county’s property tax rate next year. Commissioners did not give specifics on the items they either wanted to see cut or saved from elimination.