Council proposes keeping tax rate steady for 2020-2021

The governing board of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Thursday tentatively agreed to hold the 2020-2021 millage rate steady – keeping last year’s rate of .6497. 

The sustained rate will allow the Council to meet the needs of the community, especially as a global pandemic continues to take a toll on Palm Beach County’s families.

In the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, the Council will focus on the community’s mental health needs, ensuring families have access to the basics, such as food, ensuring access to child care so families can get back to work and preparing for the long-term impact of COVID-19

“During this unprecedented time in all of our lives, we’re thankful to be able to help shore up local nonprofits, so they can continue to support Palm Beach County families,” says Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO. “Besides continuing to provide direct services to families – such as access to medical care, counseling, child care scholarships and parenting programs – we’ve partnered with local funders to ensure families hit hard by COVID-19 have food, diapers and other basic needs.

“This proposed budget means we’ll continue to have the funds needed to be flexible, providing vital services to ensure that no matter what may be happening around the world, Palm Beach County’s children still have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe and strong.” 

Under the proposed millage rate, a Palm Beach County owner of a single-family home with an assessed property value of $250,000 (with $50,000 in typical exemptions) will pay about $129.94 in ad valorem taxes to the Council in 2020-2021. 

Total ad valorem taxes to the Council would be $131,507,881. Nearly 93% of the Council’s overall budget would go to support children’s programs and services.

Final vote on the Council’s 2020-2021 budget and millage rate begins at 5:01 p.m., Sept. 24, at Children’s Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach.

Click here for more information about the Council’s upcoming Truth in Millage public hearing.

About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.

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