Boca Raton Beach and Park District approves $39 million budget

Boca Raton Beach and Park District approves $39 million budget
The Boca Raton Beach and Park District approved a $39 million budget without a significant millage tax increase Tuesday evening. (Source: WPTV)

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Boca Raton Beach and Park District approved a $39 million budget without a significant millage tax increase Tuesday evening.

Residents packed Willow Theater, most speaking in opposition to a proposed 19 percent tax hike.

The budget is being used to fund projects including a master plan for Gumbo Limbo Spanish River and maintenance facility. But most of the recent attention has been on funding for a new public golf course.

In a vote of four to one, commissioners approved a less than 1 percent increase to adjust for inflation, but say a future hike may be inevitable.

”Eventually things are going to go up. The cost of parks - we have aging facilities so eventually we’re going to have to look at our millage or decide what we want to do with our parks,” said Brian Harms with the Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

Commissioners also hope to work with the city on how best handle the new golf course.

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