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Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Gas tax revenue allocation goes back to staff

Wisdom prevailed at the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting last night. Rather than negotiate the percentages of how the Local Option Gas Tax revenues will be distribution with the city of Pensacola and Town of Century in the meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to [...]

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Big drop in city transportation expenditures over the past five years

Included with Olson's letter is a spreadsheet that shows how the old allocation formula was calculated in 2006. The city expenditures were much higher from 2001-2005 than they have been the past five years. The discussion today at the BCC should provide an explanation. I suspect either port or [...]

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Mayor Hayward and Olson fight to keep old tax allocation

Yesterday afternoon, Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson sent Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown a letter requesting the county continue the current Local Option Gas Tax allocation of 18.22 percent. He also included a proposed Interlocal agreement that would extend the percentage until [...]

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

How Escambia County calculated gas tax allocation

Amy Lovoy, Assistant County Administrator, calculated the new allocation formula for Local Option Gas Tax revenue. Here are the notes she provided with her spreadsheet: Attached are the distribution percentages based on the last five years of transportation expenditures as calculated by figures [...]

Good news for City of Pensacola budget, valuations higher

Good news for City of Pensacola budget, valuations higher

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has sent a memo to the City Council to tell them that the estimated taxable valuations for property inside the city limits is higher than originally estimated when the FY 2016 budget was presented. That means $81,000 more for the General Fund, $43,500 for the CRA, [...]

City releases new policy for federal emails (update)

City releases new policy for federal emails (update)

Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson sent out this email to city department heads: After consultation with the City Attorney I am clarifying my email dated 7/7/2015 10:46 AM. The procedures mandated by law and City policy pertaining to public records must be followed promptly regardless [...]

State Attorney: City needs to rewrite federal email policy

State Attorney: City needs to rewrite federal email policy

Pensacola City Administrator Eric Olson has to rethink his policy on how city employees  handle emails from federal accounts after the State Attorney’s office notified him that his July 7 mandate was a possible violation of Florida law. In July, Olson instructed city department heads to [...]

Good news from city hall, Aug. 28

Good news from city hall, Aug. 28

Late yesterday afternoon, the mayor's office sent out its digital "Upwords" newsletter. City government had some wins: During the first quarter of 2015, Pensacola International Airport led the Gulf Coast with the lowest average airfares of any airport in the region, according to recent data [...]

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees, not hardly

‘Deal of the century’ on city legal fees,  not hardly

In today’s News Journal, Levin Papantonio Brian Barr praises Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward for negotiating such low attorney fees on the BP settlement – $963,346 on the $5.4 million settlement, 18 percent. “In my view, (Hayward) negotiated the deal of the century,” Barr said. “…The [...]

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the City's AFSCME collective bargaining unit, representing the City of Pensacola’s general employees. “Our front-line employees are one of our City’s strongest [...]

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Planning Board member Scott Sallis has signed a Form 8B - Memorandum of Voting Conflict. It is for the vote that occurred on July 14. The conflict is the measure before the planning board "inured to the special gain of our client Paula and Laura Austin - Austin Residence." The form does not [...]

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning Board member Scott Sallis read a written statement into the record at the Aug. 11 board meeting. He said that he voted on the his client's item in July because of the counsel he was given by city staff---that vote violated Florida ethics law. Read PBR. Although he felt uncomfortable [...]

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

Pensacola is an exciting place to live. Downtown Pensacola is booming and more development is on the way. The YMCA of Northwest Florida this morning held a groundbreaking for its new downtown facility that is being built in the parking lot behind Seville Quarter. The construction on the [...]

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Yesterday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced that his Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, had resigned. Before the official announcement was sent to the media, Hayward sent a memo to the Pensacola City Council. His memo made it appear that Fountain's resignation was planned and due to her [...]

COO Fountain resigns

COO Fountain resigns

Press Release: The City of Pensacola announced today that Tamara Fountain would step down as Chief Operations Officer in order to pursue other opportunities. During her tenure, Fountain has managed the City’s enterprises – including Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Energy, and [...]

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

While his co-leader, COO Tamara Fountain, is battling to keep her job, City Administrator Eric Olson has some explaining to do about the Planning Department and the Planning Board--both of which fall under his supervision according to the new Organization Chart. Let's do some PBR - Planning [...]

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

When Mayor Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, tried to defend to PNJ reporter Will Isern why she did not have a resume in her personnel file, she told Isern that she was initially contracted by the mayor to review the city's dealing with The Zimmerman Agency. That review [...]

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