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(a) The council shall have full power and authority to levy taxes as authorized by law.
(b) Unless otherwise allowed by this subsection, the City Council shall not impose any ad valorem tax for city purposes at a millage rate which causes the budgeted revenue therefrom to the City to increase over the budgeted ad valorem revenue for the previous fiscal year by more than three percent (3%).
(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) of this subsection, the City Council may impose an ad valorem tax for municipal purposes at a rate which exceeds the limitations in paragraph (b) if a supermajority of the City Council concurs in a finding that such an excess is necessary because of emergency or critical need. The finding shall set forth the ultimate facts upon which it is based and shall be valid for a single budget year.
(d) In calculating the allowable increase in ad valorem revenues over the ad valorem revenues budgeted for the previous year under paragraph (b) of this subsection, the City Council shall exclude from the anticipated revenues all revenue changes from the following kinds of property not appearing on the previous year's roll: 1) new construction; 2) additions to or demolitions in whole or in part of existing construction; and 3) changes in the value of improvements that have undergone renovation to an extent of not less than 100% increase in assessed value (as measured from the last year of assessment prior to commencement of renovation).
(e) Nothing in this subsection shall authorize imposition of a millage rate which exceeds the rate prohibited by the constitution or general laws of Florida, or prohibit imposition of a millage rate which is required by the constitution or general laws of Florida or by any final order of a court of competent jurisdiction. Nothing in this subsection shall apply to any millage necessary to the payment of general obligation bonds in accordance with all bond covenants or to any other millage approved by referendum of the electors, whether before or after the effective date of this subsection.
(Ord. 92-28, passed 9-17-92) (Adopted by electorate 11-3-92) (Amendment adopted by electorate 11-8-16)