Call to Action – County Budget Workshop

The initial county budget for 2012 has been published in preparation for the budget workshop on Monday, June 13 at 6:00pm in the BCC chambers on the 6th floor of the county building at 301 North Olive. The Sheriff does his presentation at 6:45pm, followed by public comment at 7:30pm.

We need your help! – Come to the meeting and tell the commissioners not to raise our taxes.

On its face, the budget maintains the same tax rates as last year (4.75 county-wide millage), but the County Administrator is asking the Board of County Commissioners to raise that rate to 4.992, “to reinstate some of the less desireable budget cuts”. This is orchestrated – the submitted budget is designed to bring the vocal interest groups to the meeting to protest cuts to PBSO, Palm Tran, the pools and lifeguards, etc. Like last year, the commissioners won’t be able to say no the Palm Tran Connection riders who will come to the meeting in their wheelchairs. We need to insist that if they reverse these cuts, they take the money from elsewhere so the budget stays neutral at 4.75 mills.

TAB expects participation from all the coalition partners, but in the past it has been 912’ers that has provided the most vocal and numerous opposition to county tax increases. Time to gear up and do it again.

To help, we have prepared a sample 2 minute public comment, and a sample email to the commission (CLICK HERE). Feel free to use and modify.

Also, for background information, check out these resources:

From the TAB website:

and from the local media:

Once again, please come to the meeting or at least send an email to the commissioners. Email addresses for all commissioners are listed on the right sidebar of the TAB website at http:/pbctab.org

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