Crystal River City Hall file

Crystal River City Hall is pictured along U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

Crystal River City Council will be voting to approve a preliminary millage rate and budgets for the upcoming fiscal year during its meeting Monday evening.

From Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020, city staff is proposing a millage rate of 4.8 mills, an increase of 0.30 mills from this fiscal year. 

With a taxable valuable of $492,365,852, the city is expecting a tentative general-fund budget of $5,127,741 and a tentative Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) budget of $4,421,947, both of which must be approved by council a pair of separate public hearings.

Also include in the budget: $2.7 million for capital improvements, $3.6 million for water/sewer operations; $10.8 million for water/sewer capital, $1 million for sanitation and $693,568 for the Three Sisters Springs Fund.

Roughly $76,700 will be transferred from savings.

Monday is the first public hearing; Sept. 23 is the second, if votes go through Monday.

Council to vote on Christmas parade route

For the upcoming Citrus County Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade, city officials will vote to approve the Dec. 7 event and whether to close a portion of U.S. 19 to make it happen.

Prior deliberations between city staff and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies had the parade route detour down Northeast Eighth Avenue, away from from its traditional path on the highway’s southbound lanes, from Citrus Avenue to Southeast Paradise Point.

However, due to impact of increased and heavier traffic on the smaller street, staff and deputies eventually decided against using Northeast Eighth Avenue. 

Several safety measures will also be put in place, like additional lighting on U.S. 19’s medians, more deputies to help city public works with road closures and reopenings and create more crosswalks for pedestrians.  

Council will also:

  • Vote on whether to authorize the city to swap a 2,500-square-foot lot with a similar parcel of land owned by the Estate of Sylvia Longley that’s part of 565 NW First Ave. It’s the city’s intent to use the new property to create more parking and access for businesses along South Citrus Avenue.
  • Get updates on the city’s Riverwalk project and management agreement negotiations with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over Three Sisters Springs.

Crystal River's CRA Board will not meet Monday.

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