At least two Palm Beach County commissioners said today they want Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to try to cut $4.5 million from his budget proposal — a move county administrators said would allow them to hold the countywide tax rate flat this year or set aside money for other county projects.
At the commission’s first budget workshop, County Mayor Steven Abrams and Commissioner Paulette Burdick said the cut would amount to less than one percent of Bradshaw’s $510.1 million budget request. Bradshaw did not attend tonight’s meeting.
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Proposed county budget
Estimated revenue: $624.9 million, $25.3 million more than this year.
Proposed tax rate: $5.02 per $1,000 in taxable value, an increase of 0.6 percent.
Upcoming public meeting: County commissioners will set the maximum tax rate that the county can charge at their July 16 meeting. Once the maximum rate is set, local officials can lower the proposed rates with a simple vote before finalizing their budgets in September, but can raise the rate only if they first notify all county taxpayers by first-class mail.