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Buzz: Will Bob McLaughlin be a assistant city administrator?

Buzz: Will Bob McLaughlin be a assistant city administrator?

Former Pensacola City Councilwoman Maren Deweese thinks so (Read post). Bob McLaughlin was Escambia County Administrator from 2007-early 2010. His contract was not renewed by the County Commission. He has been working as a consultant to the city helping the mayor's office identify and secure [...]

Scott nemesis pops up in pot snafu

Scott nemesis pops up in pot snafu

BY DARA KAM AND BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Steve Andrews, a perennial thorn-in-the-side of Gov. Rick Scott and his administration, popped up again recently in one of the Tallahassee lawyer's more obscure public-records requests, this time regarding pot. Andrews has garnered [...]

Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Wisdom prevailed at the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting last night. Rather than negotiate the percentages of how the Local Option Gas Tax revenues will be distribution with the city of Pensacola and Town of Century in the meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to [...]

Gas tax allocation may be tabled

Gas tax allocation may be tabled

After watching today's discussion of what is a fair allocation of the local option gas tax revenues for the next 10 years, the commmissioners had more questions than answers. For the city of Pensacola, a million dollars a year is a stake. City Administrator said in an letter to county officials [...]

Lopez-Cantera challenges Murphy to debate on Iran deal (podcast)

Lopez-Cantera challenges Murphy to debate on Iran deal (podcast)

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera called on Representative Patrick Murphy to join him at a joint town hall with Florida voters so Murphy could explain his embrace of Barack Obama's reckless Iran concessions. “After research and consideration, I chose to oppose the Iran deal, and continue to do [...]

City of Gulf Breeze funds street paving using other sources, not just gas taxes

City of Gulf Breeze funds street paving using other sources, not just gas taxes

Gulf Breeze City Manager Buz Eddy told Inweekly that the city of Gulf Breeze spends about $450,000 on paving and sidewalks. Half of the expenditures are funded by the city's allocation of the Santa Rosa local option gas tax revenues. The remainder is funded from the general fund and other revenue [...]

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Included with Olson's letter is a spreadsheet that shows how the old allocation formula was calculated in 2006. The city expenditures were much higher from 2001-2005 than they have been the past five years. The discussion today at the BCC should provide an explanation. I suspect either port or [...]

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Yesterday afternoon, Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson sent Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown a letter requesting the county continue the current Local Option Gas Tax allocation of 18.22 percent. He also included a proposed Interlocal agreement that would extend the percentage until [...]

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

Amy Lovoy, Assistant County Administrator, calculated the new allocation formula for Local Option Gas Tax revenue. Here are the notes she provided with her spreadsheet: Attached are the distribution percentages based on the last five years of transportation expenditures as calculated by figures [...]

Bad News: City could lose $1 million-plus in local option gas tax

Bad News: City could lose $1 million-plus in local option gas tax

City of Pensacola may lose $1,086,400 in local option gas tax revenue if the Escambia Board of County Commissioners passes a proposed resolution to adjust the formula used to allocate the gas tax revenue between the county, city of Pensacola and Town of Century. According to Florida law, the gas [...]

Good news for City of Pensacola budget, valuations higher

Good news for City of Pensacola budget, valuations higher

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has sent a memo to the City Council to tell them that the estimated taxable valuations for property inside the city limits is higher than originally estimated when the FY 2016 budget was presented. That means $81,000 more for the General Fund, $43,500 for the CRA, [...]

Another jail death

Another jail death

Shawn Jordan was found dead in his cell at the Escambia County Jail late Monday afternoon. County Administrator Jack Brown told Inweekly that the death is under investigation. According to the county administrator, Jordan, who was awaiting trial for petit theft, had been seen for medical [...]

City releases new policy for federal emails (update)

City releases new policy for federal emails (update)

Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson sent out this email to city department heads: After consultation with the City Attorney I am clarifying my email dated 7/7/2015 10:46 AM. The procedures mandated by law and City policy pertaining to public records must be followed promptly regardless [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera takes on Rep. Murphy over Iran deal

Pensacola Speaks:  Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera takes on Rep. Murphy over Iran deal

Yesterday, Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy came out in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "the toughest decision of my time in Congress." Murphy, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, said, "I believe deeply in the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. This [...]

State Capital Briefs: Pot Petitions, Redistricting

State Capital Briefs:  Pot Petitions, Redistricting

From: THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE HEADED TOWARD COURT REVIEW Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana appear to have submitted enough petition signatures to spur a review by the Florida Supreme Court. The political committee People [...]

State Attorney: City needs to rewrite federal email policy

State Attorney: City needs to rewrite federal email policy

Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson has to rethink his policy on how city employees  handle emails from federal accounts after the State Attorney’s office notified him that his July 7 mandate was a possible violation of Florida law. In July, Olson instructed city department heads to [...]

DeSantis’ military background appeals to Northwest Florida

DeSantis’ military background appeals to Northwest Florida

Last week, I had Congressman Ron DeSantis on "Pensacola Speaks." The Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. DeSantis talked about his military background. "I was stationed at Naval Station Mayport (as JAG officer). I also [...]

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