With little discussion or fanfare, Collier County commissioners approved an $865 million 2012-13 budget Thursday evening.
The budget is tax-rate neutral and was achieved by asking departments under the county manager's purview to cut their budgets by 5 percent.
That net budget, along with a general budget of about $310 million, were set with the current millage rate of $3.56 per $1,000 of assessed property value countywide and an additional 72 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The county will see an additional $411,000 in revenue to the general operating fund due to an increase in Collier County property values this year, the first increase in four years.
Commissioners also tentatively approved a $300,000 earmark for the David Lawrence Center Thursday night. The money will be used for operational costs associated with the organization's expansion of its Baker Act Receiving Facility.
The David Lawrence Center is expanding its facility from 20 to 36 beds for adults who need treatment for mental illnesses. The organization spent $5 million raised through local donations to expand the facility, which will open in November.
David Lawrence Center CEO David Schimmel said the earmark will have a tremendous impact on the community.
Commissioners are expected to make a formal approval of the funds in October.