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Duties & Responsibilities

The budget office wears two hats. We are a service organization to help departments acquire the goods and services necessary to perform their jobs and assist citizens with MSBUs or municipal service benefit units; and a control organization to ensure all funds are spent properly and in accordance with the approved budget.

The budget office ensures that program managers, based on the availability of revenues, receive the resources needed to operate effectively and efficiently. The budget office is responsible for the development and monitoring of the annual operating and capital improvements budgets, fiscal policy analysis and special project research.

They also coordinate program evaluations and provide management consulting services as requested by the board, the county administrator and directors. Staff continuously reviews and streamlines the budget process.

Budget Calendar FY21

  • January 10, Friday – Distribution of Budget Preparation Manual to departments
  • January 13 – 17 – OMB to contact departments to review Budget Prep Manual and answer questions
  • January 25, 28 and February 4, 18, 22 – Public engagement workshops
  • February 3, Monday – Budget portal open to departments
  • February 21, Friday – Personnel requests due to HR
  • February 25, Tuesday – Commissioners’ annual planning round table
  • February 28, Friday – Personnel requests to HR in response to the annual planning workshop
  • March 31, Tuesday – All budget requests and goals, objectives and measures due to OMB
  • May 1, Friday – Constitutional officers’ budgets due (excluding Property Appraiser and Tax Collector)
  • May 18 – 22 – Constitutional officers meet with OMB and administration
  • June 1 – Property Appraiser provides estimate of total assessed value of non-exempt property
  • June 16, Tuesday – Interim planning workshop – draft budget presented to Board
  • July 1 – Property Appraiser certifies taxable value within the jurisdiction of the taxing authority
  • July 10, Friday – Administrator’s recommended budget submitted to the Board
  • July 14 – Budget workshop – Tentative budget presented to Board; OMB morning; constitutional officers, afternoon (F.S. 129.03(3))
  • August 4 – Notify Property Appraiser of prior year millage, current year proposed millage, current year rolled-back rate, and date, time and place of public hearings
  • August 20, Thursday – Tentative budget update workshop
  • August 24 – Property appraiser mails TRIM notices within 55 days after certification of value; F.S. 200.065
  • August 30 – Departments submit final prior-year projects’ carry forward list to OMB
  • September 15, Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 1st Public hearing – Board holds first public hearing to adopt tentative millage rate and tentative budget and MSBU hearing
  • September 24 – Budget ad in newspapers; F.S. 200.065(3)(a); 200.065(3)(b); 129.03(3)(b); 200.065(3)(l)
  • September 29, Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 2nd / Final Public hearing – Board holds second and final public hearing to adopt final millage rates and budget; F.S. 200.065(2)
  • September 30 – Resolutions adopting millage and budget submitted to the Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and FL Department of Revenue; F.S. 200.065(4)
  • September 30 – Submit TRIM compliance package to the Property Tax Oversight Program