Opa-Locka Commission Approves New Millage Rate Amid Fiscal Concerns

In a recent Opa-Locka City Commission meeting, the most development was the approval of a new millage rate and the re-adoption of the city’s budget for fiscal year 2023-2024. Despite reservations, the millage rate was passed with a notable increase over the rollback rate. The budget re-adoption and amendments to the General, Proprietary, and Special Revenue Funds budget were also topics, with all motions passing.

The meeting opened with a public hearing on the ordinance to re-adopt the final millage rate for the fiscal year, followed by a brief presentation of the rates. The rollback rate was announced at 8.54776 mills, with the final millage set at 9.35 mills. Following the closure of the public hearing and a confirmation that no questions were raised for the budget administrator, the motion was moved, seconded, and passed with a 4-0 vote. Despite supporting the motion to move forward, the Mayor stated on record a disagreement with the item.

Subsequently, the Commission tackled the re-adoption of the City General, Proprietary, and Special Funds budget. The motion was moved and seconded without discussion following a closed public hearing. The vote included Commissioner Joseph L. Kelley, who had entered during the meeting, and was passed with unanimous consent, 5-0. The Mayor, consistent with the earlier vote on the millage rate, expressed dissent yet voted in favor to advance the process.

Further amendments to the annual adopted budget were discussed. After the public hearing was opened and closed without any public input, the Commission asked for questions, and hearing none, proceeded to vote. The motion was again passed unanimously.

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Concluding the meeting, the Commission agreed to defer all reporting and appointments to the next scheduled meeting. The City Attorney read into the record an announcement of a closed-door executive session to discuss a pending litigation matter.

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Mayor:
John H. Taylor, Jr.
City Council Officials:
John H. Taylor, Jr., Natasha L. Ervin, Dr. Sherelean Bass, Joseph L. Kelley, Veronica J. Williams

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