Budget & Finance

Four Year Outlook for Key Revenues

Board of County Commissioners presentation on Nov. 17 regarding the four-year outlook of key revenues after COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the economic costs associated with the pandemic.

Resiliency Financing Presentation

Board of County Commissioners presentation on Nov. 17 with an overview, guidance for investing in infrastructure, and resiliency considerations. 

Fiscal Year 2021

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners met virtually to adopt the fiscal year (FY) 2021 $460,311,267 budget. The budget is 2.6 percent lower than last year’s budget and includes a certified aggregate millage rate of 3.3435, which is less than originally estimated in July 2020 of 3.3602. The budget includes the Board of County Commissioners, the constitutional officers (sheriff, supervisor of election, clerk of court, and property appraiser), the Tourist Development Council, capital projects, and reserves.

Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi and Budget and Finance Director Tina Boan presented the budget for discussion and in relation to COVID-19 that included residential real estate trends, taxable property values, sales taxes and state shared revenues, along with fund balance, reserves, and the general fund.

“Since I have been with the County, we have met rollback six out of the 12 budgets. This year, it just isn’t feasible with the uncertainty,” said Gastesi. “This is, by far, the most difficult and uncertain budget we have presented. We will continue to monitor revenue and save money with expenditure reductions while staying fiscally conservative.”

Due to COVID-19, immediate action was taken within the County to identify, analyze, and estimate potential shortages and at-risk revenue sources. The County immediately instituted a hiring and purchasing freeze and furloughed employees who did not have work due to the county closures. The County also suspended discretionary spending and unnecessary travel and deferred work wherever possible. County staff made cuts to make up for shortfalls, including the elimination of 42 positions plus five contracted positions. There will also be no cost of living increases or merit raises for staff.

Many capital projects will also be pushed into the next two to five years. The commissioners will set a special workshop in November to discuss future capital and pilot projects. The commissioners also approved agreements with local non-profit human service organizations, Monroe Council of the Arts, Historic Florida Keys Foundation, and two agreements with the Guidance Care Center for substance abuse mental health and the jail in-house program.

With this budget, a homesteaded residential property with an assessed appraised value of $389,026 in 2021 (with a 2.3 percent capped increase to property value from the previous year, average taxable value) would have a $19.25 increase for the year, or $1.60 a month. Along the same lines, a non-homesteaded property with a $620,248 (average taxable) value in 2021 would increase to $139.73 per year and commercial properties with a $1.124 million (average taxable) value would be $253.24 per year.

FY21 Graph showing how the budget is broken into categories

Infographic with ad valorem taxes broken into south Florida counties. Past Budgets

Vision

Budget and Finance's vision is to be a fiscally responsible, customer-focused team that is striving for excellence at all times.

We are dedicated to sustainability by managing programs, services, and their related resources as efficiently and effectively as possible and communicating the results of these efforts to the public.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Budget and Finance Department is to provide effective development and implementation of Monroe County’s budget; promote efficient, sound financial management; ensure governmental procurement regulations are followed countywide; facilitate financially responsible grant funding; and maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and prudent expenditure of public funds.

The Monroe County Office of Budget and Finance provides coordination and development of the fiscal year budget. The office continues to work on receiving refunds from FEMA from the impacts of Hurricane Irma and now COVID-19, while still providing for the daily operations of the department, program enhancements, and capital projects and improvements.