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Let’s Get Our Money’s Worth

August 31, 2007

The group – Civic Concern – is pushing for PIP renewal: When the Florida Legislature convenes the special session scheduled to begin September 18, it will cost taxpayers $40,000 a day. To date, legislative leadership is…

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Lead by example

August 31, 2007

When the head of county government has a employee leasing business and a real estate investment company, what is the example that he is setting for all his employees? It’s okay to have other businesses. In…

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Appearance beyond reproach

August 31, 2007

When we raise our kids, we teach them the difference between right and wrong. We tell them that just because you can do something – it doesn’t mean you should. There’s nothing illegal about a preacher…

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Touart defends himself

August 30, 2007

In a exclusive phone interview, County Administrator George Touart defended himself against the latest disclosures made by the Pensacola News Journal. He sincerely believes that he has done nothing wrong. Yes, he should have disclosed his…

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We’re no lawyers

August 30, 2007

But it does appear County Administrator George Touart has an ethics issue: Here is the law: (7)CONFLICTING EMPLOYMENT OR CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. (a)No public officer or employee of an agency shall have or hold any employment or…

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Longer BOCC meetings

August 30, 2007

The Board of County Commissioners will have to add additional half hour to its meetings for County Administrator to go over all this relationships with various parties involved in the staff recommendations on the agenda. Then…

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Back to the Future with George

August 30, 2007

A week after County Administrator George Touart was verbally reprimanded by the Escambia County commission for side business deals with parties involved in a $1.41 million land purchase by the county, the Pensacola News Journal uncovers…

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Touart hole gets deeper

August 30, 2007

The PNJ has uncovered more on County Administrator George Touart and his business dealings with people who do business with Escambia County. Touart’s employee leasing company, Global Employment Services Inc, has done business with a major…

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Germ of an idea

August 29, 2007

After I realized that the Escambia Sheriff’s total budget was nearly $30 million more than the entire City of Pensacola budget, it became very apparent how unfair it is for Pensacola residents to pay for Escambia…

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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,…