FORT MYERS, FL (Sept. 28, 2018) – The Fort Myers City Council has approved a $397.2 million fiscal year 2019 budget and lowered the millage rate to 8.45, a reduction from the fiscal year 2018 rate of 8.65.
The newly approved budget adds $7.3 million towards Public Safety Departments including 14 police officer positions and full year funding of 15 officer and two sergeant positions to fill the positions of officers placed in schools. Also included in that amount is funding for the Police Officer Housing Assistance Program; police equipment, technology, community outreach, training and operating supplies; fire training equipment, specialized gear and contractual fire inspection services; and wage adjustments for Police and Fire Union employees.
$904,600 will go towards funding the reorganization of the city’s legal department and includes five additional positions and one previously frozen position. Two separate reporting structures have been created: the City Attorney’s Office, reporting to city council, and the Administration Attorney’s Office, reporting to the city manager.
There will be no rate increases for water and sewer services; assessments for fire and residential solid waste remain unchanged. The city’s reserves are estimated at $15.3 million, or 12.8 percent of the total budget. The reserve amount does not reflect any reimbursement from FEMA for Hurricane Irma expenditures, which is expected to be at least $8.5 million.
“I am very pleased with the FY2019 budget as it maintains our city’s reserve funds while placing an emphasis on public safety,” said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager. “We are fortunate that revenues are strong and continue to reflect the tremendous growth in our economy and population.”
For more information, please contact Stephanie Schaffer at 239-321-7157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.