Category Archives: Budget

Finally – A Response

The county finally answered my public records request about fire and emergency vehicles.  It took them three weeks from beginning to end.  I submitted my first request on September 10.  I got the information on October 3.  What’s interesting is … Continue reading

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Animal Control – Clarification and Update

The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) submitted a letter to the editor to clarify some issues related to the new building the taxpayers are partially funding.  Here’s a link. The letter says some very … Continue reading

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BOCC: Budget Silliness

I watched the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) budget meeting online.  It’s torture, but it’s helpful if you really want to know what’s going on with Monroe County government.  As usual they go into excruciating detail about certain aspects of the budget … Continue reading

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New Tax Rate

I wrote here about Monroe County’s lack of back-up for their budget meetings.  It turns out you can find some of it over here.  I found it because of this news story on KeysNews.com. As usual, the county is making … Continue reading

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BOCC Budget Meetings

The agenda packet for the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) July 18 budget meeting is up.  There’s very little in the way of back-up documentation. Here’s a rundown of the items: A.  Approval of agenda – no back-up needed. B. … Continue reading

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What the County Doesn’t Say – Long Term Debt

Monroe County loves to brag about its financial condition.  Certain county commissioners love to claim that financial responsibility is a huge priority for them.  Hmmm…

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Monroe County Budget Hearing Agenda

I’m taking a few days off to tend to some family stuff.  Everyone’s okay.  Just lending a hand.  I might post a few short things here and there. I checked out the agenda for today’s budget meeting.  It includes a survey, … Continue reading

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County Capital Project Costs Out of Control

Sigh.  From the KeysNet.com:  County capital-project costs skyrocket by $38 million. This is what happens when you’re allergic to math and to reality in general.  Remember that thing I said about capital projects.  It’s true!  It’s really, really true. Capital … Continue reading

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Monroe County – Allergic to Math

Update:  Received this follow-up from Comm. Neugent about improved collections for emergency service.  I think this is great.  I support anything the county can do to improve things financially.  I’ll present everything I get in the interest of providing a clear, complete … Continue reading

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Selective Amnesia – Who Pays?

There’s a story on KeysNet.com about another county project gone off the rails:  Rising cost of new Upper Keys jail complex annoys county commissioners.  The project was originally estimated to cost $15 million.  The taxpayers are now looking at $30 million. … Continue reading

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