August 2022
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City Commission Sets Maximum
Advertised Millage Rate
The Lakeland City Commission participated in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget Workshop recently. The six-hour workshop identified the current budget and outlined the fiscal needs for the 2023 budget. Most of the workshop and City Commission discussion involved public safety and the 2023 future personnel needs for both the Lakeland Police Department and Lakeland Fire Department. The City Commission did vote 7-0 to have an advertised property tax rate not to exceed 5.7649 mills per every $1,000 of appraised property value. This millage rate has not been officially set or voted on. The formal vote will take place during the budget hearings on September 8 and 22.

City offices will be closed on
Monday, September 5, 2022 in honor of Labor Day
The results are in!
Kelly Koos, City Clerk of the City of Lakeland, has certified the results at the close of the qualifying July 29, 2022, for the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority election. Candidates will serve a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2023, and ending December 31, 2025.

The following candidates were elected without opposition:
Bretta Christakos • Jeffery Donalson • Donna V. DeStefano

What is the LDDA?
The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, or LDDA, was created by the "Lakeland Downtown Development Authority Act" enacted by the Florida State Legislature in 1977 and amended in 1978.
LDDA is charged with recommending projects, plans, and developers to the City Commission. It is empowered to option, buy, sell or lease real estate, and may arrange financing to support and stimulate private projects authorized by the development plan with the approval of the City Commission.

Shoreline Restoration
on Lake Morton
The City of Lakeland Public Works Department and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department have begun work on a stabilization project on the south side of Lake Morton, adjacent to the swan pens. From Assistant Parks Superintendent James McHenry "the result will leave the shoreline protected from erosion for years to come and give our swans a much safer space while raising their young." The project is expected to take three weeks to complete. 

Lights on Lake Morton
The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department recently partnered with the Historic Lake Morton Neighborhood Association. The goal is to raise money to install decorative lights on one of the grand oaks located on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library.
Using the Community Calendar
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Andrew Gash, with the Communications Department breaks down the City Commission Meeting in our video series "Meeting Minutes."
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City Jobs
Police Department Jobs
The Lakeland Police Department (LPD) is looking for people interested in the rewarding profession of law enforcement, whether as a Police Officer or as a 911 Emergency Communications Specialist.

Municipal Boards
& Committee Opportunities
We are currently seeking applicants for several Boards & Committees.

ART around TOWN
Looking for a little culture?
See what Lakeland's visual and performing arts have to offer.
Lakeland Community Theatre
Florida Southern College
The Polk Museum of Art
The RP Funding Center
Children's Show • Sept. 17 • 9:30 a.m.
Concert • Sept. 22 • 7:30 p.m.
The Polk Theatre
Classic movies and new releases