Politics

What is the ECSO budget

August 29, 2007

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office proposed budget for 2007-08 can not be found anywhere online. From the Escambia County website we can learn that from the general fund ECSO gets $79,700,000 plus $71,725 from Article V…

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MOBy makes a good point

August 29, 2007

Today PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien makes a good point about city councilmen and county commissioners needing to be bold. I would push the point even further. When will the county commission put the public and their…

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INdaily has Volunteer Fire audit report

August 28, 2007

Duwayne Escobedo reports on the volunteer firefighters rebuttal to the Clerk’s audit of stipends. We actually have the pdf of the report. Read: Volunteer Fire Audit Note: Comment on the audit – but don’t let this…

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County missed the ECAT bus

August 28, 2007

Our research is revealing more to the ECAT funding issue than what has been reported by the Escambia Board of County Commissioners. The City of Pensacola funds its part of ECAT with the gas taxes it…

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Budget choices

August 28, 2007

Commissioner Mike Whitehead did make a bold move when he questioned whether reserves should be used for libraries and ECAT. It would have been very easy to placate the crowd and go along with the motion.…

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Need for charter

August 28, 2007

The funds for funding the libraries and ECAT are in the Escambia County Sheriff’s $75-$80 million budget, but because we don’t have a charter, the commissioners have not power to review or modify his budget. Heck,…

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Battle of the bears

August 28, 2007

Yesterday’s meeting between the Pensacola City Council and the Escambia Board of County Commissioners was a battle of the bears – Commissioner Mike Whitehead and City Councilman Jack Nobles. Whitehead wanted the county to assume control…

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HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY REMAINING

August 27, 2007

From P.A Ucci – on the Pensacola City Council vote to pay $50,000 to prepare a special assessment plan to fund fire protection: “HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY REMAINING”? For those of you in city…

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Message to Elected Officials

August 27, 2007

From Jack Moran, Century: To the Pensacola City Council, This move (to give ECAT to Pensacola) by the county would be the kiss of death for the ECAT bus route (once a day service) to Century.…

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How to fund ECAT

August 27, 2007

Escambia County could easily cover ECAT’s budget shortfall if it would cut the number of secretaries, administrative assistants and aides in county government. Currently they are 337 such positions, costing us $10,412,035.82 in salaries, $8,065,422.83 in…

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State vs. County on cuts

August 27, 2007

It’s interesting to see how the state of Florida handles its budget cuts. Lawmakers are looking at cuts in the state’s airplanes ($1.5 million) and letting non-sex offenders out of prison three months early ($220 million).…

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Get real, EC

August 27, 2007

The daily newspaper reports that Escambia County plans to trade Pensacola the Escambia County Area Transit system for the West Florida Public Library System. Get real! Let’s quit playing games, Escambia County, and stop trying to…

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PNJ calls for Touart retirement

August 26, 2007

The daily newspaper has finally spoken on the Touart/Bauer land deal. Their position is that County Administrator George Touart should retire. The hard truth is that the adage “innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t apply in the…

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Thank Buck for US 98

August 24, 2007

When Escambia County commissioners and the Pensacola city councilmen voted to take $65 million in state and federal funds that had has long been intended to six-lane U.S. 98 near Gulf Breeze and use for projects…

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Highly political week ends

August 24, 2007

Here is the scorecard: City of Pensacola: No strong mayor, but will review charter. No to another industrial tenant to the Port of Pensacola – Rinker withdraws lease offer. Escambia County: Daily newspaper reveals County Administrator…