COT Not Responsible For Notifying Customers of Tax Exemptions

The Citizens Advisory Board for utilities met today at City Hall and discussed the recent controversy over sales tax exemptions on electricity. Dr. Erwin Jackson spoke at the meeting. Reese Goad, head of Business Services, stated that it was not the responsibility of the city to notify citizens and business owners about tax exemptions that […]

City Faces Controversy Over Sales Tax on Electric Bills

During the last City Commission meeting, Dr. Erwin Jackson alerted city commissioners that the City’s utility department was charging state sales tax on electricity provided to certain customers that were exempt from the tax. To make his point, Mr. Jackson showed documentation that included a refund from the city to Mr. Jackson of approximately $5600 […]

Where Does The Tallahassee CRA Spend Your Money?

The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has spent or committed over $27 million to redevelopment activities in two sections of town and the majority of this money has been spent in the last four years. Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as community redevelopment areas […]

CRA Board Discusses Homeless Shelter and North Monroe CRA District

CRA Board Discusses Homeless Shelter and North Monroe CRA District

Commissioner Gil Ziffer, the liaison between the CRA Board and the Homeless Shelter, reported that the ideal situation would be for the CRA to work with a private developer to sell the shelter property. This would enable the shelter to change locations. It was clear The CRA Board was not interested in offering formal support […]

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: This Weeks Preview

Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting On Monday, November 25th there is a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting that begins at 11:00 AM in the City Hall Chambers. Among the issues addressed will be the 2012 Annual Report, the establishment of a North Monroe Redevelopment Area, and an update from Commissioner Gill Ziffer on issues related to the […]

City Attorney Recommends Reimbursing Mayor Marks $55,275 in Attorney Fees

City Attorney Lew Shelley, wrote in the agenda item that will be considered next Wednesday by the full City Commission that “Marks is entitled to reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs because he has successfully defended and prevailed against the ethics charges.  These charges arose out of and/or in connection with his employment with […]

City’s Ethics Advisory Panel Hears from Sandy D’Alemberte and Former City Commissioner Lightsey

City’s Ethics Advisory Panel Hears from Sandy D’Alemberte and Former City Commissioner Lightsey

During its ninth meeting, the City’s Ethics Panel heard testimony from Sandy D’Alemberte and Former City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey. The City’s Ethics Advisory Panel was created to review ethical standards at city hall. If the testimony of D’Alemberte and Lightsey carry any weight with the panel, current and future city commissioners should be prepared to […]

CRA Board Meets and Discusses Defining Mission and Homeless Shelter

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board met yesterday in City Hall chambers. The CRA board is made up of all city commissioners and selected county commissioners. The CRA has current assets of approximately $10 million. The focus of the meeting was to discuss the future mission of the CRA board per requests from a number […]

City Target Issue Committee Moves Forward with Airport Master Plan and Hears About the College Park District

The City of Tallahassee’s Long Range Target Issue Committee met today at City Hall. Commissioner Nancy Miller and Commissioner Scott Maddox head the committee. The mission of this committee is to focus on areas that will enhance community standards, and propose and implement effective solutions for managing growth and planning for future development of the […]