TAB Partner Seeks Help from Cities and Towns

The town of Palm Beach County Budget Task Force (like South Florida 912, a TAB coalition partner), hosted a meeting of elected officials of towns and cities throughout the county yesterday, asking them to join with the task force and TAB to advocate against another year of tax increases on the county level.

The attendees were given a presentation of the TAB work on budget trends by Fred Scheibl, as well as the prelimnary “TAB Proposal” for the 2012 budget which includes no tax hike, probably requiring about $60M in spending cuts or dipping into reserves. The proposal is preliminary because the county has not published a budget estimate and doesn’t expect to have one until May, prior to the first budget workshop on June 13.

The proposal also includes suggestions for Charter changes (including a county “Smart Cap”) and has analysed the likely savings possible with FRS reform requiring employee contributions. See the chart package for details on the proposal.

See Mayor Gail Coniglio asks help to pressure Palm Beach County to not raise taxes for the Palm Beach Daily News Story by William Kelly.

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