Michael H. Johansson Selected as New City Manager
During a Special Meeting held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Port Orange City Council selected Michael H. "Jake" Johansson as its new city manager. Mr. Johansson was selected from an initial field of 89 candidates.

A recently retired Navy Captain, Mr. Johansson last served as the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Support Activity, Hampton Roads, Virginia. Mr. Johansson's distinguished military service also includes serving as the Operations and Readiness Officer, Commander Naval Air Forces, Coronado, California and as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron Four, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Mr. Johansson also spent three years in the White House as a Naval Aide to Vice President Cheney. Mr. Johansson's educational background includes a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science, Resource Management, and extensive training from U.S. Navy Leadership Schools.

The City Council is scheduled to formally approve a contract at a Special Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Mr. Johansson is expected to begin work mid-August, at which time he will have approximately two weeks of transition time with Interim City Manager David Harden. The City of Port Orange extends a warm welcome to Mr. Johansson, his wife and three young sons.

General Fund Budget Workshop Presentation
Interim City Manager, David Harden presented the proposed FY 2015-16 General Fund budget to the City Council on July 28, 2015.

This presentation highlights the city's budget and other economic factors over the last 10 years. It also includes comparisons to similar jurisdictions as well as suggested funding levels for next year.

This workshop was the first step in setting the millage rate for next year. There will be two more official public hearings at which the City Council will determine the tentative and final tax rates and budgets.

These dates are set for Wednesday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 22nd (both at 6:30 PM at City Hall).

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Get Your Local Business up to Date Quicker!
Beginning September 1, 2015, The City of Port Orange is offering online renewal payment for Business Tax Receipts for 2016. If your business is able to be renewed online, you will be provided a pin number in your Business Tax renewal letter.

If no pin number is shown, please visit us at the Community Development Department located on the 2nd floor of 1000 City Center Circle in City Hall, or you can mail payment by check. Please remember to include your State License with return renewal letter and payment.

If you have any questions, please call 386-506-5613.

Port Orange Named Tree City USA for the 32nd Consecutive Year
The National Arbor Day Foundation recently bestowed the city of Port Orange with their 2014 Tree City USA Award.

This is the 32nd consecutive year Port Orange has been honored with this award which recognizes Port Orange's fulfillment of urban forestry program standards, Arbor Day observance, tree planting efforts and enforcement of tree ordinances.

"This award is a reflection of our commitment to maintaining a quality community," said Mayor Allen Green.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Port Orange is one of 164 Florida cities that received this award the past year. Orlando is Florida's longest running Tree City USA community at 37 years.

Port Orange Named One of the Safest Cities in Florida
The city of Port Orange was ranked the 2nd safest big city in the state of Florida! The consumer research company ValuePenguin recently published the results of their "Safest Cities" study that compared a variety of crime metrics across 224 cities in Florida.

Port Orange ranked 2nd safest among Florida cities with a population over 45,000, and 28th overall. According to the New York City based ValuePenguin, the report "highlights which cities and towns are doing an exceptional job in providing their residents with a safe place to live!"

Mayor Allen Green stated, "The ranking is a compliment to our Police Department and the officers that serve this great community."

"We are very encouraged by the results of this study and thank the men and women of the Port Orange Police Department and our citizen partners for their efforts in making the city of Port Orange a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Chief of Police Gerald Monahan.

I-95 Design Build Project Updates
Starting on July 7th, 2015 much of the construction effort will be focused near the I-95 and US 92 Interchange in Daytona Beach.

A coordinated effort with Daytona Beach International Airport, will allow a significant number of bridge piling to be constructed in a short time period.

Also, to help facilitate the installation of the piling, the I-95 southbound on-ramp access from westbound US 92  was moved from a right entrance to a left entrance with a traffic signal.

Due to the combined efforts put forth by all parties, the original completion time for this demolition activity was cut in half, benefiting the over-all project and the travelers who were affected.

The signal to access I-95 southbound, located on the west side of the interchange near Skip's Boots, is fully operational and running smoothly.

We ask that you please pay close attention to the road in this area as many construction activities will be taking place for the next several months.

View the I-95 Design-Build Newsletter

Coming Up On The City's Calendar...
City of Port Orange Special Events
2015 Annual Special Event Schedule

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00 am

Check out all the events that will be occurring at the City Center Complex this year.

City of Port Orange Meetings
City Council Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 7:15 pm
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 City Center Circle
Public Hearing: CDBG 2015 Annual Action Plan
When: Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 6:30 pm
Location: Council Chambers City Hall, 1000 City Center Cir.
City of Port Orange Lectures and Other Events
National Night Out Against Crime
When: Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 6:00 pm
Location: City Center Circle
HISTORY LECTURE: The King's Road
When: Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:00 pm
Location: Adult Center Annex, 3738 Halifax Drive
Important Numbers
Main Number
386-506-5500

Customer Service
(Water / Sewer/ Garbage Bill Questions & Payments)
386-506-5720

Community Development & Building Permits
386-506-5600

Code Compliance Hotline
386-506-5604

Fire Administration
386-506-5900

Parks & Recreation
386-506-5850

Parks & Recreation Afterhours
386-756-7400

Police Department
386-506-5800

Police Non-Emergency & Animal Control
386-756-7400

Public Utilities
386-506-5750

Public Utilities Afterhours
386-756-5380

Public Works
386-506-5575

Public Works Afterhours
386-756-7400

City Manager,
Mayor & City Council

386-506-5501

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