Keystone sets tentative budget for 2021-22; final approval set for Sept. 27

By Don Coble don@opcfla.com
Posted 9/15/21

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City council approved a tentative budget of $847,641 Monday night at its monthly meeting. If it passes on a final vote scheduled for Sept. 27, the new budget …

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Keystone sets tentative budget for 2021-22; final approval set for Sept. 27

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights City council approved a tentative budget of $847,641 Monday night at its monthly meeting. If it passes on a final vote scheduled for Sept. 27, the new budget will go into effect on Oct. 1.

City set a millage rate of 4.2901 that will result in $300,823 in property taxes, according to a report submitted by City Manager Lynn Rutkowski. Other revenue sources include $87,000 in gas taxes, $34,000 in Clay County Utilities taxes, $89,000 in Clay Electric taxes, $80,000 in local communication service taxes and $6,000 in administrative fees for waste collection.

The city also will earn $37,769.21 in net income from the Keystone Heights Airport.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a $300 monthly fee and $3,000 advertising budget with Brandon Ludwig to create social media advertising “to showcase the downtown area.”

“People know about Keystone Heights. They know we are a small, quaint little town that has a lot of things that are going on,” Rutkowski told the council. We’ve got a lot of improvements that are happening at our Beach, a lot of things happening downtown with our streets and with our businesses. We just want to make sure everybody understands that we’re here. We’re a nice family. Mayberry does exist.”

The council also passes a proclamation honoring former State Sen. Rob Bradley. As the vice-chairman of the St. Johns Water Management District, Bradley was instrumental in getting $40 million for the Black Creek Water Resource Project that will funnel filtered water from the creek into the replenished lakes around Keystone Heights.

The proclamation designates Sept. 13 as “Rob Bradley Day” in the city.

The final budget meeting on Sept. 27 will be at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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