Pensacola Politics

Cutting funds for non-profits

February 4, 2010

The Pensacola City Council is faced with an estimated $1.8 million deficit in the fiscal year 2010-11 budget. Instead of looking at how it may save dollars by consolidating services with the county, the immediate reaction is to cut funding to United Way and other charities that deal with this city’s severe poverty. It’s in these times that the nearly $14 million that the city spends on pensions really hurts the City’s ability to deal with its real problems.

I do have one suggestion that the City Council might consider – move the economic development funding out of the General Fund and into the marketing budgets of Energy Services and the airport. Both of these enterprises—and the Port of Pensacola–benefit directly from the expansion and revitalization of the local economy.

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  • Mark Clabaugh February 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Rick, they are cutting funds for non-profits, police, fire, etc ,etc. The City of Pensacola has no idea what it will cost to pay for the lights, insurance, maintenance, etc etc to keep up the park. Are you aware that some estimate that value at 3,000,000? So, if we cannot things in this city now, what then?

    Come on Rick, tell us. This is your baby and at every corner you write CMPA this and CMPA that doing all that you can to promote it. Tell us how a broke city will afford to run it.

    Now, before you answer, please be sure to include in your business model that we are talking at minimum 5 years before we start the Museum leaving the park with NO anchor project to draw visitors everyday.

    How marketable will the commercial space be?

    Would you pay the big time rent for minimal parking and lack of customers?

    The financial model for this park is out of whack and in the end it will be at a heavy cost to the taxpayers. Worse, your credibility will be damaged because you refused to ask the hard questions.

    Personally, I like your paper and you. However, I am worrying about the futures of people who sold this big farce to the public with their pretty fantasy renderings. You ask the average person what they are getting and they still believe it was they saw. What happens when its just a ball park and Studer’s offices?

    What then when the city cannot afford the costs and our taxes go up? These are some real concerns.