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Since 2009, developers have pocketed somewhere around $30 million in would-be school impact fees on the homes they've built in Manatee County. Now, taxpayers are being told they are going to be asked to further tax themselves in order to pay for new schools that will be needed to facilitate all of those homes. That sounds like taxpayer subsidized growth, a concept Manatee County residents are quite familiar with. The explanations being given on how this situation crept up on our leadership, seem quite inadequate.

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Isn’t it strange how times change? We all grew up twirling our fingers in the coiled cord of a telephone we talked on for hours to our best friends and significant others. A few years later we were ecstatic to receive our first cordless phone, but when it was time to put it back on the charging station, you could never quite find it.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Over the past week, there have been many questions regarding school impact fees and why the county has not collected them, despite the fact that the authorization for the fees being suspended expired in 2013. Communications between the county and the school district reveal that despite growth in the northeast corridor of Manatee County, the school district asked the county not to collect the fees in 2013 and again in 2014.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unlike most sessions, legislators are not hard at work on the budget in next to last week, as an impasse makes a special budget session likely. Nonetheless, the Senate continues to push for a compromise on the health care issue stalling the budget, while Governor Scott says the state might sue the feds over funding coercion. Legislation allowing guns in schools faces steep odds as session nears end, while a bill limiting standardized testing was signed into law.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Manatee County is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Board, a citizen’s advisory committee that makes decisions regarding Manatee County’s archaeologically, historically and aesthetically significant sites.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Marauders (5-7) plated two late runs but could not come all the way back from a six-run deficit in a 6-2 loss to Charlotte (8-4) on Monday night. RHP Felipe Gonzalez (0-2) pitched five innings and allowed four hits in the loss.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Knight Marketing, a Sarasota-based marketing firm, has launched its revamped website. The site was created as part of Knight Marketing’s inbound marketing strategy and is fully integrated with the Hubspot inbound platform, which allows the firm to narrowly profile and target prospective clients, capture their information and routinely provide relevant content via e-mail, a blog and social channels.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At Monday's TDC meeting, members approved a $25,000 contribution to kick off the first Skyway Film Festival, recommended a $1,000,000 contribution to fund the South Florida Museum and requested supplying half of the $60,000 needed for a City of Anna Maria Pier study.

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, members approved a capital improvement for street drains, approved Resolution 2015-04, creating a Citizens Advisory Task Force, and commissioners decided to take some time and get some more information before going forward with support for the next Riverwalk Regatta in 2016, despite recent concessions promised by the event's promoters.   



Monday, April 20, 2015

Published Monday, April 20, 2015

Tomorrow's weather will feature thunderstorms with a high of 81 and a 40 percent chance of rain. Tallahassee's fight over indigent health care spending has halted discussion of several other major issues; Florida Standards Assessments testing has been stopped today due to technical glitches; Florida legislators are using a loophole in a 2005 gift ban to receive gifts from special interests; the issue of campaign finance reform is reportedly gaining traction as the 2016 election approaches; the NSA and FBI are working to convince legislators to renew the expiring surveillance law known as the USA Freedom Act.

Published Monday, April 20, 2015

The equity markets declined more than 1.0% late last week after failing to break into new high ground. Stocks were negatively impacted by deteriorating conditions in Greece, harsh downdrafts in foreign equity markets and deep air pockets in some first quarter earnings reports. The S&P 500 remains locked in a trading range that has lingered over the past four months and is anticipated to continue as we move further into the second quarter. As a result, we see the risk in the market to 2040 and the reward to 2125 using the S&P 500.

Published Monday, April 20, 2015

At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee Board of County Commissioners will vote on whether approve an Interlocal Agreement that would give the school board guidelines for doing an impact fee study, for the purpose of possible reinstatement.



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