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Posts Tagged ‘2007-08 county budget’

Cost of Pensacola Council runoff

David Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, says, "I asked staff to estimate and they came up with a very rough figure of $40,000. Again, just an estimate." Who pays for it? "The city bears the cost of the election. Real costs incurred, that is, beyond the normal operation of [...]

ACORN responds

ACORN Response to Senator McCain’s Smear Ad ACORN President Maude Hurd released the following statement today in response to the McCain campaign's new ad claiming that, among other things, ACORN is responsible for the mortgage crisis: ”For almost a decade, ACORN, a community organization [...]

Pensacola and John McCain

"McCain reported to Pensacola in August 1958, having graduated 894th in a class of 899. He was raffish and rebellious, more interested in history than engineering. He elected aviation, something his father, a rising naval officer, had not. But the younger McCain seemed more drawn to image than [...]

Florida arrives in Denver

After all the brouhaha over the Florida primary, the Democratic National Committee voted to seat the entire 211-person delegate at its national convention in Denver. Not only do they have full voting rights and privileges, the Florida delegations has front row seats on the floor on the Pepsi [...]

Panel needs to study ECSO budget

Okay, it's time we quit ignoring the pink elephant in the room. The biggest sinkhole in the Escambia County budget is the Escambia County Sheriff's Office budget. It has grown astronomically over the past eight years. There is no accountability for how effectively the dollars have been spent. [...]

Notes: BCC 5.22 Budget

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE BUDGET WORKSHOP BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Escambia County Government Complex 221 Palafox Place May 22, 2008. 9 a.m. Call to Order at 9:04 a.m. All County Commissioners were present. 2001/2007 Comparison Escambia County Full-Time Employees This item was [...]

Leader press sheriff to cut budget

Unfortunately, it is not in Escambia County, but Broward. There County Commissioners are pressing the Sheriff Al Lambert to cut more from his budget his $719.2 million budget than the 2% that he has proposed. Here ECSO has proposed closing to substations for $250,000 savings. I'm not sure where [...]

Government Budgeting for Dummies

Government Budgeting for Dummies

In July 2007, we published our Ballsy Plan IV - Government Budgeting for Dummies I reviewed the article this morning and found we weren't too far off with some of our ideas: 1. PRIVATIZE AND SAVE CASH Neither Pensacola nor Escambia County needs a large legal department. Pensacola spends [...]

Cutting jobs easier elsewhere

The Pensacola City Council and the Escambia County Commission are dragging their feet on cutting any government jobs. Other governments don't problems announcing cuts. Mobile Co. School Board voted to cut 54 jobs last night (read more). Last year Tampa eliminated 219 jobs for a total cost [...]

Notes: BCC 3.20

Commissioner salaries were still on the agenda: Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting 20 March 2008 1. Call to order at 5:32 p.m. 2. Invocation – Commissioner Whitehead. 3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. 4. Items to be added to the agenda: 5. Commissioners’ [...]

Notes: Budget workshop 3.20

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearings Preliminary Budget Workshop Fiscal Year 2008/2009 Countywide Budget, Continued 20 March 2008 Call to order at 10:40 a.m. All county commissioners were present. ITEM 40: Animal Control 1 ACO Eliminated/operating reductions This item is [...]

Taxes for cars, not economy

People have asked me why can't Escambia County follow the lead of Sarasota County and fast-track its Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) budget to jumpstart our economy. During the next six years, Sarasota County officials plan to spend about $276 million on 52 capital improvement projects, such as [...]

Notes: Commission budget workshop Mar. 19

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearings Preliminary Budget Workshop Fiscal Year 2008/2009 Countywide Budget 19 March 2008 Call to order at 8:35 a.m. Grover Robinson started discussion by suggesting cutting the commissioners' salary by 5 percent. "If you were talking about cutting [...]

County code enforcement

The 2007-08 budget for code enforcement is $2,454,000. It's funded by fines and fees ($1,654,000), General Fund ($300,000) and Solid Waste ($500,000). Two years ago the budget was $1,296,349. Hmmmmm - budget has doubled. Must be tremendous pressure to collect fines.

Moby misses the mark

PNJ columnist Mark "Moby" O'Brien in his column today (Fire fee fallout: Property tax cut would hurt waterfront plans) misses the mark. I'm not sure why O'Brien has taken the position that the property tax itself is bad. I opposed Amendment 1 because it only treated the symptoms, not the real [...]

Vote No on Amendment 1

We should not have a constitutional amendment that restricts the funding of counties and cities. I am upset as nearly everyone is about the huge budgets of local governments. However, we can control this by electing better, more financially responsible people to office. We have to accept part of [...]

McCain momentum

The NY Times reports that John McCain has picked up the endorsements of three major newspapers: The Des Moines Register, The Manchester Union Leader and The Boston Globe. Will it be enough to push McCain ahead of Guiliani and Romney? And will Mike Huckabee be the spoiler? These three major [...]

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