Posted on December 7, 2020 at 9:35 AM by Penny Johnston
Mayor’s Inaugural Address – November 16, 2020
Since November 2016, we have worked to keep our property tax rate down while ensuring the needs of the City are met. Additional construction has helped us to accomplish that.
Leveraging City and CRA funds together with external grants and funding sources has allowed the City to accomplish the following in the last four years:
Goals for the next four years:
Posted on October 5, 2020 at 10:04 AM by Penny Johnston
The City has finalized the budget
for the upcoming year. The City Commission approved a $33 million budget
for the new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020. Property taxes will
remain at 5.9671 per $1,000 of taxable value, which we have maintained for six
years. In addition, the property assessed values increased by
approximately 7% over FY20. This year’s budget includes
enhancements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, the Palmetto Historical Park, and
replacement of patrol vehicles and utilities equipment.
The City looks forward to the
upcoming year with the completion of the Equalization Basin at the Waste Water
Treatment Plant and the start of construction of the new Police Department in 2021.
The City was successful in receiving grant funding from the Florida Department
of Economic Opportunity for the construction of the 7th Street
extension to serve the new hotel scheduled to be built along Haben Blvd.
Posted on September 9, 2020 at 9:11 AM by Penny Johnston
It is very frustrating that people disrespect the City residents and other guests who come to use the park or boat ramp at the southern gateway of Palmetto. The abundant litter and total disregard for our shoreline has got to stop! City staff and I had a meeting recently and are already working on a strategy. Sadly, because we have broached the subject before, the solution may include monetary charges for the use of both the fishing pier and/or the boat ramp. It would be so nice if people would be respectful of this beautiful boat launch, but perhaps the minimal charge will encourage people to clean up after themselves, or at least help fund the staff needed to maintain our natural resources. Please be aware of the damage caused by litter, and please encourage others to properly dispose of their trash, rather than just tossing it out on our streets or waterways.
Keep Manatee Beautiful is planning clean-ups in September. Click at this link Keep Manatee Beautiful for more details. Thank you for helping to keep our city clean and safe.