Mayor John Dailey spoke about some major issues in Tallahassee leading up to the legislative session on the Preston Scott Show on Feb. 24. The topics covered included homelessness, utilities and the negotiations with the fire and police departments.
Dailey began talking about the homelessness issue by saying that the churches and non-profits of Tallahassee are doing a great job in fighting the issue. When asked about the shelter on Mahan Drive, he said that the shelter did not follow the proper policies and procedures before it opened and that there is another site in Tallahassee for the shelter that will comply with the City’s regulations. Dailey also mentioned that there is an interest among his colleagues to focus on the long-term issue and solution of homelessness which includes getting people out of temporary housing and into permanent homes.
During the show, Dailey also talked about the City’s initiative to start utility disconnections again. He said that he was proud that Tallahassee was the first city in Florida to stop disconnections because of financial troubles as a result of the pandemic and is now the last city to restart disconnections. This policy change is happening now because the federal government is providing utility assistance to Tallahassee residents.
Finally, Dailey also spoke on the current negotiations between the City and the fire and police departments, which happen behind closed doors. The broad issues of the negotiations include pay, leave and pensions. A deal with the fire department has been agreed to and ratified by the city and the fire department membership will vote on it. Negotiations with the police department are still ongoing.