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Battle for DOJ grants

For the past 12 years, the block grants from the Department of Justice have given by the County Commissioners to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Court Administrator. This year, the BOCC resurrected the Public Safety Coordinating Council - which last met July 2006 - to take the money [...]

Lack of plan hurts hockey

Escambia County Commission has no economic plan which hurts the county when it is faced with proposals like professional hockey leasing the Civic Center. Does hockey add to our quality of life? Will it attract economic development and jobs to the area? Is it wise to take money from the bed tax [...]

There is more

John Panyko sent out this email: We have learned that the County will telling the Tourist Development Council this afternoon that the Pensacola Civic Center will require an additional operational subsidy of approximately $250,000. This additional amount will put the operational subsidy for [...]

Tourism Committee questions BOCC on hockey

Dear Commissioners: Last Fall each of you were in full support of the steps taken to defease the bonds attributable to the Pensacola Civic Center. This bold and historic action was taken with a clear and unequivocal intent to free up additional tourism development taxes [...]

Council approves general fund budget…in concept

Yes, the Pensacola City Council approved the General Fund budget, even though they all know that the property tax revenue will not be the same as last year. Unlike other cities around the state, the City of Pensacola has avoided any layoffs. The 19 positions deleted are ones that simply won't be [...]

2009-2010 City Budget

City staff has projected that property tax revenue will stay the same as 2008-2009. Franchise fees and utility taxes will increase $269,200 to cover the estimated $372K lost in state and other revenues. Total revenue is projected to be $48,104,900 - a .002 drop. Expenses will be cut 2 percent - [...]

City to hold another marathon workshop

The Pensacola City Council is meeting in less than to two hours to hear presentations on the 2009-2010 budget. The meeting is scheduled to run from 1:30 to 8 p.m. and will be capped off by a vote to approve the budget. through 6 1/2 hours of presentations? The pressure will be on the council [...]

Gannett Buzz

We know about the Pensacola News Journal efforts to continue downsize and increase profit margins by outsourcing its newspaper printing. Here is the other Gannett (owner of the PNJ) buzz: Yahoo Finance reports Gannett shares were up 39 percent Thursday, April 9 after a regulatory filing showed [...]

Should Obama follow Eisenhower example

Jean Edward Smith, the John Marshall professor of Political Science at Marshall University, wrote in today's NY Times http://100days.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/11/how-to-end-a-war-eisenhowers-way/. Smith tells how Pres. Dwight Eisenhower was willing to go against his own Republican Party and [...]

Florida Political Buzz

The Sunday editions of the daily newspapers around the state are filled with political buzz. Sarasota Herald Tribune writes that many consider it a lock that Gov. Charlie Crist will run for the U.S. Senate in 2010. In Hot campaign brews in Florida, but not the one you think, it reports that [...]

Pensacola and Escambia get stimulus check

The City of Pensacola is getting $606,500 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Escambia County will get $2,361,900. These grants are part of the $168 million given to the state of Florida to help local [...]

County subsidizes another arena

The Pensacola Civic Center is not the only county facility subsidized by tax dollars. And hockey wouldn't be the only sport. The Equestrian Center is subsidized with Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Initially General Fund dollars were used but the County Commission moved the expense over to LOST [...]

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