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How do I know if I need to pay the Local Business Tax?

As outlined in Sect. 66.176 (a) of the City of Bradenton Code of Ordinances hyperlink? and Florida Statute 205.042 hyperlink?, anyone who transacts any business or engages in any occupation or profession within the city limits of Bradenton is required to pay the Local Business Tax.

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Does the City have its own pension plan?
The City of Bradenton’s general employees have retirement benefits through the State of Florida Retirement System (FRS). “General Employees” are those not covered under either the Police Pension or the Fire Pension plans.
 
General Employees contribute 3% of their pay to their FRS plan. The city is also required to make contributions to the plan on each employee’s behalf, at rates mandated by the state. The plan itself is managed by the State of Florida. For additional information about the Florida Retirement System, please visit www.myfrs.com.
 
Fire - The City's Firefighters’ Retirement System (the “Plan”), a defined benefit single-employer public employee retirement plan, is administered in accordance with City of Bradenton Ordinance No. 2910 as approved January 27, 2010, along with subsequent amendments. The plan is subject to the provisions of Chapters 112 and 175 of the Florida Statutes. Each person employed by the City’s Fire Department as a full-time Firefighter becomes a member of the Plan as a condition of their employment. All Firefighters are therefore eligible for all plan benefits as provided for in the plan document and by applicable law.

The Plan is a single-employer defined benefit pension plan administered by the Plan's Board of Trustees comprised of: Two City residents appointed by the City Council, two Firefighters elected by majority of covered Members, and a fifth Member elected by other four and appointed by City Council (as a ministerial duty).
 
Police - The City's Police Officers’ Pension Plan (the "plan"), a defined benefit single-employer public employee retirement plan, was established under the Code of Ordinances for the City of Bradenton, Florida, Subpart B, Article IV, and was most recently amended under Ordinance No. 2963 (adopted May 28, 2014). The Plan is also governed by certain provisions of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, Part VII, Chapter 112, Florida Statutes and the Internal Revenue Code.

The Plan is a single-employer defined benefit pension plan administered by the Plan's Board of Trustees comprised of: Two City residents appointed by the City Council, two Police Officers elected by majority of covered Members, and a fifth Member elected by other four and appointed by City Council (as a ministerial duty).

How do I become a city vendor?
A firm can obtain a vendors application by clicking here or calling the City's Purchasing Department at (941) 714-7500. New vendors also must submit a W-9 form. Click here to access an IRS fillable form to include with the application. Vendors also need to provide a copy of their Liability Insurance Certification.
 
Project RFPs and RFQs are normally advertised in the legal section of The Bradenton Herald. For more information, contact the Public Works & Utilities (941) 708-6300 or the Planning and Community Development (941) 932-9423.

How do I bid on a City Project?
Go to the home page for the City of Bradenton website and click on the Bid Invites tab found in the left hand column of the page. This will bring you to a page that lists all of the current open bids and the links to all of the information and forms required.
 
Project RFPs and RFQs are normally advertised in the legal section of The Bradenton Herald. For more information, contact the Purchasing Department at (941) 714-7502.

What is a millage rate and where do I find the City’s rate?
The millage rate is the amount per $1,000 that is used to calculate taxes on property.  The millage rate is multiplied by the total taxable value to calculate the total taxes due.
 
The City’s millage rate is adopted by City Council, along with the budget, each September and is provided to the Property Appraiser to calculate property taxes, and to the Tax Collector to collect the property taxes.
 
Local millage rates may be found on the Tax Roll Data tab of the Manatee County Property Appraiser website.
 
The City’s millage rate for 2016-17 is 5.8976.

What is the Communication Services Tax?
Communications services tax (CST) is imposed on each sale of communications services in Florida. See Florida Statutes, Chapter 202. Hyperlink? Examples of communications services include, but are not limited to:
  • Cable and satellite television,
  • Video and music streaming,
  • Telephone, including Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP),
  • Mobile communications, and similar services.
Dealers generally collect the tax from customers and report and pay the tax to the Florida Department of Revenue. If a dealer does not collect tax from a customer, the customer is responsible for paying the communications services use tax.
 
Communications services tax is comprised of two portions: The Florida communications services tax and the local communications services tax. Dealers must itemize and separately state taxes on the customer's bill. The taxes must be identified as Florida communications services and local communications services tax, respectively. Dealers must add the communications services tax to the price of the communications services sold, and may not absorb or relieve the customer of all or any part of the communications services tax.

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