Limits on mayor’s spending coming back before Pensacola City Council

September 6, 2013

Councilwoman Sherri Myers wants to amend the Council Financial Planning and Administrative Policy to put a ceiling on how much the mayor can move around between categories, departments and programs without city council approval. She would like to see a $50,000 cap of such fund transfers.

It will be discussed by the city council at its Sept. 9 Agenda Review meeting.

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  • phedup September 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    As usual C.J. is right on. This administration, including the bunch of mediocre Department Directors, is going to do whatever they want to do, regardless of what maybe the right thing to do or whatever is in the best interest of the taxpayers. It’s an unholy alliance that will blow up one day and all will be revealed.Thank god for concerned, informed citizens like C.J.

  • CJ Lewis September 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

    As an interesting twist, the Council amends the “Policies of the City Council” by Resolution. As written, the Charter gives this and all future Mayors the power to veto all Ordinances “and” Resolutions to include those amending the internal policies of the City Council. That Catch-22 must have been put in by careful design! Initially, the Charter Review Commission only recommended the Mayor be able to reject Ordinances.

    Does anyone really think that Brian Spencer, Larry Johnson, Andy Terhaar and certainly not P.C. Wu will dare defy Ashton Hayward voting to require him to come back to the Council if he wants to change the intended purpose of more than $50,000 to include if he wants to refurbish again the Office of the Mayor? Until this change and others are made imposing fiscal safeguards, the budget process is a charade. However, assuming the vote Thursday is 5-4, Hayward’s resulting veto will be upheld.

    This Council cannot get anything done without a two-thirds majority. The Council might as well accept that as a fact of life putting forward two complimentary Charter amendments that: 1) require a 2/3rds majority for all Council actions; and 2) strip the Mayor of a veto power to reject ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Council on behalf of the people of Pensacola. While they’re at it, the Council should also ask the people to relieve the Mayor of his onerous constitutional burden “to attend all meetings of the City Council.”

    The Council could even use the Charter amendment opportunity to take back the power to determine the organization of the city government as is the case in Hialeah and every other city in the nation except Pensacola where the Mayor exercises both the administrative function to recommend to the Council the organization of the city government and the legislative function to approve his own recommendations without Council approval.

  • Stephen Jdrnigan September 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    O boy