• Crissy Stile

Three upcoming meetings for City Council

Monday, July 27th at 6:00pm in the Martin Luther King Center, City Council will meet with the Northeast CRA Advisory Board. We have two CRA Advisory Boards in Mount Dora. The Northeast has one and Downtown has another. Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Advisory Boards are created to make certain portions of cities, towns, villages in Florida more aesthetically pleasing or as the mission states, to remove blight. CRA's are funded from tax dollars based on the value of property within the CRA boundary.

The purpose of our meeting on Monday, July 27th is to discuss the open projects planned or underway in the Northeast CRA district and establish priorities. We will also review the current grants in which the City has applied for and address the open grants awaiting award.

Some of the projects which need to be addressed include: Cauley Lott Park Renovation and Lillie Park upgrades; Lincoln Pool Renovation; Lincoln Pool Locker Room Renovation; Vacant Land at Highland and Lincoln Street (4 plus acres) as well as other projects.

Tuesday, July 28th at 9:00am City Council will meet in the Community Building for a Budget Work Session to discuss two things:

  1. 1. Charter Referendum Education - There are two potential Charter changes that will be on your November Ballot: Changing the term of City Councilmembers from two years to four years and the second proposed amendment is to limit a Councilmember's term to eight consecutive years. We will be discussing proper education of the public for these charter amendments, ahead of the November election.

  2. General Fund, Special Revenue, Debt Service, Capital Projects, Enterprise and Internal Service Funds Review and Discussion. We will have a budget presentation based on the 2020 Lake County Preliminary Tax Roll and Staff requested budgets for all fund types. We will also go over all unfunded capital improvement projects and capital outlay for all funds.

After our all day Budget session on Tuesday we will reconvene in the Community Building at 5:15pm for a Special Session. We will pass one Resolution.

  1. Resolution 2020-129, Maximum Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget. This Resolution establishes the maximum millage rate that you will see on your TRIM notice that you'll receive in the mail estimating your property taxes for 2020-2021. This may or may not be the final millage rate for 2020-2021 but it does set a maximum that we cannot go above. The actual millage rate will be set in September.

As always, thank you for your attention. I will send my recap on Tuesday evening after all three meetings. Each of these meetings are, of course, open to to the public so please feel free to attend. We have plenty of room to safely social distance and masks are required.

Crissy Stile

Mount Dora City Councilmember At-Large



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