City Council Workshops the Budget

pensacola  city councilThe Pensacola City Council dives into the city’s 2014 budget this week. As proposed, the budget totals $192,198,700.

Mayor Ashton Hayward made his proposed budget available last month. The budget must get council’s approval and be presented at two public hearings in September prior to being adopted by October, the start of the fiscal year.

Council has scheduled budget workshops for today, tomorrow and Wednesday, if necessary. Each session will focus on specific areas of the proposed budget.

Today, council members will get an introduction to the document and cover Pensacola Energy and the Port of Pensacola before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon, they are scheduled to go over Sanitation Services and Fleet Management; Pensacola International Airport; Fire; and Police. The day will close with an open forum.

On Tuesday, the council is scheduled to look at Planning/CRA; Public Works and Facilities, Transportation, Stormwater; Neighborhood Services, Roger Scott Tennis Center, Golf Course, Youth and Athletic Programs; and Housing. After lunch, there’s Technology Resources; Penny for Progress; an open forum and approval of the tentative 2014 budget.

Each budget workshop begins at 9 a.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

Mayor Hayward has also called a special meeting of the city council for Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. The meeting will immediately precede that day’s budget workshop and will pertain to the acceptance of a gas distribution franchise ordinance from Escambia County. This is required housekeeping related to a December 2012 decision by council to approve an agreement that provides for the transfer of Pensacola Energy’s Pensacola Beach franchise area to the city of Gulf Breeze for the total sum of $470,000.