Casselberry has evolved from a sparsely populated agricultural town to a bustling, dynamic City which has maintained an enviable growth rate in both residential and commercial areas. Offering a rich quality of life supported by excellent City services, tranquil residential surroundings, and a continually expanding business market, Casselberry is an exciting and thriving community in which to live, work and play.
Located in the southernmost portion of Seminole County in Central Florida, Casselberry is ten miles north of downtown Orlando, approximately 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport, and only 15 minutes from the expanding Orlando Sanford International Airport. Whether getting around locally or traveling in and out of Greater Orlando, trips are made easy with the variety of bus routes offered by Lynx Bus Service. Prefer to travel even farther? With Interstate I-4 only five minutes away, and State Road 436 and US Highway 17-92 intersecting within the City, Casselberry provides convenient access to any direction you choose, north to Jacksonville, south to Miami/Fort Lauderdale, east to Daytona Beach or west to Tampa; it’s all available within minutes.
Over the years, the population of the City has grown at a remarkable pace. For 2009, the official population estimate by the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic & Business Research is 24,672. Based on the 2000 census data, of 9,746 households in Casselberry, the median family income was $45,354. Family income throughout Seminole County ranks among the highest in Florida over the past few decades. The tax base grew from $774,000,000 in Fiscal Year 2000 to $1,326,200,000 in Fiscal Year 2010, an increase of over 71%. Despite the currently difficult economic times, the City has continued a moderate but respectable growth pattern through new construction and annexations.
Casselberry encompasses an area of approximately 8 sq. miles. The Fiscal Year 2010 millage for the City is $5.4500. This rate, when combined with all other taxing authorities in Seminole County, totals a property tax rate of $18.4888 per $1,000 of taxable real estate value. Located within the City are 18 parks and more than two dozen lakes, the largest of which are Lake Howell, Lake Kathryn, and the Triplet Chain of Lakes (North, South and Middle Lake Triplet). Two public schools, Casselberry Elementary and South Seminole Middle School, as well as two private schools, Lake Forrest Preparatory School and The Geneva School, are also within the City limits. A diverse mix of fine retail establishments, restaurants, office and commercial space, housing at all price levels, as well as the Central Branch of the Seminole County Library and other Seminole County business offices are found in Casselberry.
The City of Casselberry is governed by a Commission/City Manager form of municipal government. A Mayor and a four-member Commission are elected for four-year terms. They, in turn, employ a professional City Manager to oversee daily City operations. These operations consists of all normal municipal and water/sewer utilities services, including traditional City functions such as police and fire protection, advanced life support services, sanitation, road maintenance, water and sewer operations, parks and recreation, planning and community development, as well as support activities for City governmental programs. The City has 231 full-time and 13 part-time employees. Annual budget expenses total approximately $43 million. A number of citizen boards, including the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Code Enforcement Board, Community Redevelopment Agency, Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension Board, Lakes Management Advisory Board, Civil Service Board, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and Senior Center Advisory Board, are indicative of the public-private partnerships and commitment toward progress and expansion in the City demonstrated by citizens.