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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CITRUS PRESENTS PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET FOR 1993-94

 LAKELAND, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) today presented its 1993-94 proposed program plans and operating budget to the Florida Citrus Commission.
 In a meeting of the Commission's Administrative and Budget Committee, FDOC staff proposed a total operating budget of $72,887,450, about $1.7 million less than the budget for 1992-93.
 The lower budget figure can be attributed, in part, to a slight decrease in next year's estimated crop, coupled with a proposed three- cent reduction in the per-box tax rate on processed grapefruit. Carryover funds and interest earnings also are not as large as the 1992-93 fiscal year.
 FDOC Interim Executive Director Michael W. Sparks said the program plans are a compilation of recommendations developed by the department directors, who are responsible for creating and implementing the marketing, research and regulatory programs. "These plans cover only the coming year, but they are part of our long-term strategy to enhance industry returns by expanding demand for Florida citrus products," he said. "In the coming year, we plan to increase our emphasis on promotional programs."
 With the exception of the proposed processed grapefruit tax rate of 32 cents per box, all proposed per-box tax rates remain at the same level as the 1992-93 season. The proposed rate for processed oranges and processed specialty fruit stayed at 17.5 cents; fresh grapefruit remains at 35 cents; fresh oranges (29 cents per box) and fresh specialty fruit (35 cents per box) also remain the same.
 The Florida Citrus Commission is expected to take final action on the proposed budget in a June 15 meeting. Until then, the various industry organizations will have the opportunity to review the FDOC recommendations and make comments on the proposed budget.
 Details of the proposed 1993-94 program plans and budget are available on request.
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 /CONTACT: Eric Boomhower, public information specialist of the Florida Department of Citrus, 813-499-2469/


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