Superintendent Pons, Paul Byrd, Traded Ownership of Franklin County Property in 2008 and 2010.

Superintendent Pons, Paul Byrd, Traded Ownership of Franklin County Property in 2008 and 2010.

Public records indicate that Superintendent Jackie Pons bought a vacant piece of property from Paul Byrd for $200,000 in 2008 and then, despite a decline in property values, sold it back to Mr. Byrd for the same amount in 2010. Both transactions were deemed by the Franklin County Property Appraiser to be “unqualified sales.” This […]

Did City Contractor Provide False Info to Get Local Vendor Status?

Did City Contractor Provide False Info to Get Local Vendor Status?

Tallahassee Reports’ continuing investigation of a lawn maintenance vendor selected by the City to maintain the various street median’s in the City has found that Southland Specialities provided questionable information on the application for a City business tax certificate. Previously, Tallahassee Reports found that the store front for the Gold Buyers of Tallahassee, located at 2784-1 […]

UPDATE: Gold Buyers of Tallahassee Appears to be Front for Out-of-Town Lawn Company

UPDATE: Gold Buyers of Tallahassee Appears to be Front for Out-of-Town Lawn Company

An investigation by Tallahassee Reports indicates that the store front for the Gold Buyers of Tallahassee, located at 2784-1 Capital Circle NE, was used as the address for another company, Southland Specialties of Tennessee, Inc. to qualify as a local vendor during the City of Tallahassee procurement process. According to state records, the registered agent […]

City to Consider Out of Town Companies for Road Paving

City to Consider Out of Town Companies for Road Paving

The City Commission will vote on Wednesday whether or not to award two contracts totaling over $1,000,000 to out of town contractors to pave roads with techniques that City staff says is not available from local contractors. One contract to be awarded is to Cutler Paving, which is located in Kansas, in the amount of […]

City Staff Once Again Recommends Against Appointed Ethics Officer

City Staff Once Again Recommends Against Appointed Ethics Officer

On March 12, 2014, the City Commission will address the Ethics Advisory Panel recommendations that were not adopted at the Target Issue Workshop held on November 20, 2013. The City Commission appointed a citizen Ethics Advisory Panel (EAP) that first convened on November 8, 2012.  The EAP was charged with examining the various City policies, […]

CRA Votes to Give $1.6 million Tax Break to Out-of-Town Developer

CRA Votes to Give $1.6 million Tax Break to Out-of-Town Developer

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted 6-1 to approve a property tax rebate in the amount of approximately $1.6 million to an out of town developer. The rebate will go to CA Student Living, a developer from Chicago, Illinois that is proposing to develop 444 College Avenue, a mixed-use […]