By DOTTY NIST
Walton County is ready to begin the 2018-19 fiscal year with an approved budget and millage rate for the new fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) met briefly on Sept. 24 at the Walton County Courthouse to finalize the budget and millage rate in a public hearing format.
The approved budget is slightly over $183 million, the approved countywide millage rate 3.6363 mills, the same as for the current fiscal year. The approvals included a millage rate of 0.4912 for North Walton Mosquito Control (NWMC) and a budget of $636,948 for NWMC.
One mill equals $1 on each $1,000 of taxable property value.
The approved county budget and millage rate and those for NWMC were unchanged from those tentatively approved on Sept. 10 at the preliminary budget hearing.
No one in attendance at the Sept. 24 budget hearing took the opportunity to come forward for public comment.
The approvals were with all aye votes of the five commissioners with no discussion.
Information on the budget is available online on the Walton County website, www.co.walton.fl.us under “Departments,” “Finance,” and “Budgets.”