Former Mayor Penny Herman, a member of the Citizens for Responsible Spending (CRS) group, cited a Federal report on job growth as support for the roll back of the 13% increase in property taxes put in place by the City Commission in 2015.
She appeared on WFSU’s Perspectives show Thursday, April 7th with CRS member and local business owner Bobby Bacon.
Both Ms. Herman and Mr. Bacon argued that the lack of job growth in Leon county is hurting all residents and is in part due to the fiscal polices of the City of Tallahassee.
The Federal report, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in March of this year, shows that Leon County ranked last among the twenty-three largest counties in Florida in job growth for the 12-month period ending in September 2015.
The report ranked all US counties with populations greater than 75,000. The full report can be viewed here.
Listed below are the twenty-three Florida counties that made the list.
Lee and Osceola counties led the group with over 5% growth. North Florida counties were led by Duval-Jacksonville (3.6%), Okaloosa-Fort Walton (2.1%), Alachua-Gainesville (1.9%), Escambia-Pensacola (1.5%) and then Leon-Tallahassee (0.2%).
The CRS group is seeking a roll back in property taxes and plans to fully participate in the City of Tallahassee budget process for 2017 which begins on Wednesday, April 13 2015, with a budget workshop.
Along with other dismal statistics (highest property tax rates, highest violent crime rates, etc.) that Tallahassee and Leon County have the unfortunate distinction to hold, this is certainly more indisputable evidence that the policies of Tallahassee’s government are slowly degrading and destroying whatever remains of Tallahassee’s reputation as a place to live, or to start, locate, or maintain a business/company large or small.
Steve, please lets get you on the ballot for a city council spot…….. its hard to argue anything you put up there. this madness has to stop….