“Below is a list of points which were taken from the Collier County budget for the current fiscal year (2010-11). The Board of County Commissioners as well as the Naples City Council are now working on next year’s budget. Both boards have decided to not exceed the current year’s mill levy. This means that due to declining property values, most property owners will see another reduction in ad valorem taxes. In some cases the tax reduction will be fairly noticeable, although it will depend on each property’s reduction in value. A minority of property owners will see a slight increase in property taxes due to the state of Florida’s “recapture” rule. Recapture affects those properties still having value in Save Our Homes. Anyway, you may find a few of the points below somewhat interesting.”
1. Total tourist tax revenue for 2011 is projected at $13,000,000, down from a peak of almost $15,000,000 in 2008.
2. The county museum budget is just over $1,600,000, of which $1,400,000 comes from Tourist Development Taxes (TDC). Annual visitors to the museums is around 85,000.
3. For county parks and recreation, $3,700.000 in ad valorem funding will come from the General Fund and $9,100,000 will come from the MSTU unincorporated fund.
4. Sun-n-fun lagoon attendance is about 150,000 per year. 80,000 to 90,000 County resident beach parking stickers are issued annually. Non resident, beach parking permits issued is about 4000.
5. Domestic Animal Services 2010-11 budget is almost $3,000,000. 6000-7000 animals are impounded annually with about 1500 adopted.
6. Interest due (annual) on Collier County debt is just over $31,000,000.
Principal due (annual) on Collier County debt is just over $41,000.000.
Total Collier County, debt service to maturity exceeds $1,000,000,000.
7. The County General Fund (GF) millage for 2010 and 2011 was 3.56. In 2008 and 2009 the county GF millage was 3.15. In 2007 the county GF millage was 3.58. In 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 the county GF millage was 3.88.
8. Ad valorem property taxes supporting Conservation Collier have dropped from high of $12.5 million to just over $6 million in 2011.
9. Total county General Fund, landscaping maintenance for roads is budgeted at just under $5,000,0000 for 2010-11.
10. Since 2007, county impact fee collections have declined by 82%
11. Total county impact fees for 2011 are budgeted at just over $19,000,000, down from a peak of $105,000,000 in 2007. Of those totals, road impact fees will be just under $11,000,000 (2011), down from a peak of $70,000,000 (2007).
12. The county is currently allocating $21,000,000 of General Fund, ad valorem to pay for debt service. This debt service was once paid by impact fees, but such payment was suspended due to the huge decline in impact fees.
13. Despite having a General Fund revenues almost 10 times greater than the City of Naples ($315 million vs $34 million), the Collier County’s General Fund, fund balance (reserve) at the end of 2011 will not be much different from the City of Naples—around $14 million. However, the total fund balance for all county funds is projected at $245,000,000, while the city of Naples fund balance for all funds is projected at $57,000,000.
14. Total operating budget for EMS is $24,100,000. EMS/ambulances fees for 2011 is projected at $9,800,000. General Fund subsidy is between $10 and $11 million. EMS has 172 employees including helicopter. EMS has about 24,000 annual transports. 24 ambulances are available for service, down from 26 in 2008. 2010-11 budget for EMS helicopter and pilots is $1,400,000 excluding a $275,000 capital maintenance cost.
15, Collier County had just over 3300 employees budgeted for 2010-11 down from 3900 in 2007. Of those totals the Sheriff (CCSO) has 1367 employees budgeted, almost equal to 2007. Note–budgeted employees does necessarily equal actual staffing.
16. Collier County has less than 10 employees per 1000 permanent residents. The City of Naples has about 20 employees per 1000 permanent residents.
17. The Collier County Airport Authority is subsidized by the General Fund to just over $500,000 in 2011.
18. Total budget for the County Constitutional Officers in 2010-11 are as follows:
Supervisor of Elections–$3.1 million
Clerk of Courts–$7.8 million
Tax Collector–$19.5 million
Sheriff (CCSO)–$146.8 million
19. Of the Sheriff’s total budget, the following is allocated to:
Board of County Commissioners (security)– $4 million
Detention & Correction (jail)–$35.5 million
911 phone system–$3 million
20, Collier Area Transit (CAT), which began in 2002, has approximately 1,000,000 passengers per year. Fares account for 20% of cost recovery.
21. So far the county has converted just over half of the 95 miles of Golden Gate Estates lime rock roads to asphalt. Due to a shortage of funds, new lime rock paving has been deferred.
22. The county pays $107,000 for a Federal lobbyist and $80,000 for a state lobbyist.
23. The budget for the Collier County Medical Examiner in 2011 is just over $1,000,000.
24. The County Attorney’s office budget in 2011 is $3,000,000 (staff of 23).
25. The county expects to collect $18,000,000 in gas tax revenue in 2010-11, down from a peak of over $20,000,000 in 2005.
26. The total Collier County budget (net), is approximately $865 million. The General Fund budget is $315 million.
27. The Collier County budget totals 775 pages. The City of Naples budget is 325 pages. Both can be viewed at the respective web sites.
President Royal Harbor Association