On Wednesday, at the City of Tallahassee budget workshop, City Commissioner Curtis Richardson asked the City staff if businesses were leaving the City of Tallahassee.
Newly appointed City Manager Rick Fernandez answered the question quickly by saying “we have not seen an exodus of small businesses, obviously.”
However, TR requested the number of City registered businesses since 2010 and it appears the City’s own data contradicts the City Manager’s answer to Commissioner Richardson’s question.
TR requested annual business tax certificates from the City and the numbers show a decrease of 486 business tax certificates since 2010. This is a 3.8% decrease. The chart below shows the numbers as reported by the City.
The question by Commissioner Richardson was in response to concerns echoed earlier in the meeting by Penny Herman, a member of Citizens of Responsible Spending, who said City budget policy was in part responsible for a slow local economy.
Ms. Herman cited a study by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed Leon County last in job growth in Florida in 2015. Our report on that issue can found here.
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