Local governments, budgets, spending plans, housing initiatives. We get it. It’s not the most exciting news to receive on a Thursday morning at 6 a.m.
Have no fear. We’ve rounded up three need-to-know updates happening in the Tampa Bay area in around 300 words — so you can get informed before your coffee is even ready.
St. Pete budget
The City of St. Pete has agreed on a final budget for the fiscal year 2024. The $823 million budget includes $241 million for wages + benefits, and $192 million for public safety expenses.
Here are some of the things that will impact us:
- Property tax rates are decreasing slightly. St. Pete residents will see a millage rate reduction from 6.535 to 6.4675.
- Approximately $62 million is being used for community enrichment services like the arts, museums + nonprofits.
- $17.9 million will go toward improving water distribution systems.
Federal aid for Idalia victims
Hillsborough County residents impacted by Hurricane Idalia can now apply for federal aid. FEMA has announced Individual Assistance is available for those eligible in the county.
Both property owners and renters can receive money for things like basic repairs or temporary housing.
You can apply using the FEMA app or call them directly at (800) 621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Pinellas residents can also apply online
Make your voice heard
The Tampa City Council meets today to discuss several important issues. There will be an update on transportation projects in the city, as well as information about budget changes — including $5 million for Hurricane Idalia relief, and around $4.5 million for wastewater services.
It’s taking place at 9 a.m. at Old City Hall, 314 E. Kennedy Blvd. where in-person attendees can speak during the public comment section.
If you can’t make it, you can livestream the meeting.