Leon County Proposed Budget Increases by $5.58 Million, Law Enforcement Gets $2.1 Million

Leon County Proposed Budget Increases by $5.58 Million, Law Enforcement Gets $2.1 Million

The Leon County Board of County Commissioners held a workshop on June 14, 2016 and County staff presented the fiscal year 2017 proposed budget. The staff reported that “the preliminary FY 2017 budget totals $246,254,510 which reflects a 3.2 percent increase from FY 2016. As a point of comparison, the recently passed State of Florida […]

Budget Hawks Support Chamber’s Proposal to Eliminate Business Tax

Budget Hawks Support Chamber’s Proposal to Eliminate Business Tax

Budget Hawks, one of the groups working to overturn the 13% property tax increase adopted by the CIty of Tallahassee last year, issued a press release urging city commissioners to grant a request from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to eliminate the city business tax. Commercial real estate developer and founding Budget Hawk Russell Price […]

Commissioner Miller Asks City to Reconsider Vote Extending Bar Hours

Commissioner Miller Asks City to Reconsider Vote Extending Bar Hours

At Wednesday’s City Commission meeting, Commissioner Nancy Miller, who previously voted with Commissioner Curtis Richardson and Mayor Andrew Gillum to extend bar hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., made a motion asking the Commission to reconsider that vote. The motion to reconsider the vote passed 4-1. Commissioner Curtis Richardson was the lone vote against […]

Lightsey Complaint Dismissed, Investigation Continues

Lightsey Complaint Dismissed, Investigation Continues

In a convoluted decision that is sure to keep the controversy surrounding the pension payments of former City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey alive, the City’s Independent Ethics Board dismissed a complaint filed by local businessman Erwin Jackson, but called for further investigation. The Ethics Officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe, recommended the compliant be dismissed “without investigation because it […]

Citizens’ Groups Roll Out Alternative Budget

Citizens’ Groups Roll Out Alternative Budget

On Monday night, the City of Tallahassee officially presented the FY2017 budget during a workshop at Walker-Ford Community Center. At the same time, ten miles away, three citizen driven budget groups held a meeting of their own in City Commission Chambers and presented the “Citizens’ Budget.” TR spent time at both meetings. Citizens’ Workshop in […]

City Commission Candidate Calls Crime a “Public Health Issue”

City Commission Candidate Calls Crime a “Public Health Issue”

By Karen Murphy Tallahassee City Commission Seat 1 candidate Dr. Bruce Strouble Jr. recently addressed one of the hottest local issues of the political season, violent crime, saying it should be treated as a “public health issue.” He called for revitalization of poverty-stricken neighborhoods as a tactic for reducing crime in this city which holds […]

Star Metro Ridership Plumments 22%, Taxpayer Subsidy Increases 27%

Star Metro Ridership Plumments 22%, Taxpayer Subsidy Increases 27%

Tallahassee Reports, through a public records request, has determined that StarMetro ridership has declined 22% from 2010-2015. During this same time period the subsidies provided to StarMetro by City of Tallahassee taxpayers has increased by 27%. Ridership was down from 4.71 million people in 2010 to 3.66 million in 2015. These ridership numbers include both City passengers […]

UPDATED: Pool Party Canceled at Old School

UPDATED: Pool Party Canceled at Old School

UPDATED Tallahassee Reports has been informed by Randall Mills, a representative of the Old School, that the party scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Old School released a statement which reads: “There are no events tonight at Old School. A third party promoter violated our terms and conditions and we were forced to cancel the […]