A Performing Arts Alternative

A new proposal to address the arts and cultural needs of our community is starting to gain momentum. For so long, the talk about arts and culture has been focused on the controversial proposal to build a downtown 1700 seat performing arts center. Given the financial constraints and the failure of that project to gain […]

Killearn Estates, City Battle Over Lakes

Killearn Estates, City Battle Over Lakes

Killearn Estates, the northeast neighborhood of 4,000 homes, and the City of Tallahassee are in a tug a war over who is responsible for maintaining a chain of lakes that covers approximately 200 acres. It is a debate that is complicated, colored by a history of mistrust, and shows no signs of going away. It […]

City and County Spending Take Different Paths

City and County Spending Take Different Paths

Now that both the City and the County has adopted a budget for fiscal year 2014, Tallahassee Reports has acquired the most recent budget documents and developed a table comparing spending trends between the two local governments since 2008. A comparison of the County and City operational spending trends since 2008 are shown in the […]

Patrick Madden Exits School Board Race

Patrick Madden Exits School Board Race

The Leon County School Board race for District 1 gained a candidate yesterday with the candidacy of incumbent Forrest Van Camp, but lost one today. Patrick Madden told Tallahassee Reports he was dropping out of the race due¬†to Van Camp’s candidacy. He said Van Camp is “clearly the most knowledgeable, experienced and qualified” person for […]

Forrest Van Camp to Join Race

Forrest Van Camp to Join Race

In a surprising move, Forrest Van Camp has decided to run for re-election. Van Camp, who is the current holder of the Leon County School Board Seat 1, had previously given all indications that he would step down after his term expired. However, he filed his paperwork with the Leon County Supervisor of elections today. […]

City of Tallahassee Retains Millions in Garbage Fees, Leon County Passes Savings to Customers

City of Tallahassee Retains Millions in Garbage Fees, Leon County Passes Savings to Customers

An exclusive analysis by Tallahassee Reports of the solid waste contracts negotiated separately by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Tallahassee with Waste Pro, Inc. over the last year has revealed two different approaches of dealing with consumers dollars. The County Approach The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) previously had […]

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: The Source of Local Campaign Contributions for 2014

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: The Source of Local Campaign Contributions for 2014

Local candidates who have declared their intention to run for office in 2014 filed their latest financial activity reports with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections earlier this month. The reports filed to date cover all contributions and expenditures through September 30, 2013. In an exclusive analysis, Tallahassee Reports has compiled two tables based on […]

CRA to Become Stand Alone Department, Personnel Expenses to Increase

CRA to Become Stand Alone Department, Personnel Expenses to Increase

The City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), whose¬†mission is to reduce conditions of physical blight within the agency’s two redevelopment districts: the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area and the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area, will become a stand alone department in 2014. The CRA has been involved with a number of projects in the […]

Brew Pub Vote Took Forty-One Seconds, Commissioners Briefed in Private. See Video.

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the vote to allocate an additional $1.3 million for a Brew Pub restaurant in Cascades Park took less than 45 seconds to approve. The Brew Pub project has been under media scrutiny since Tallahassee Reports published an article revealing the expenditure and the involvement of Commissioner Andrew Gillum’s campaign treasurer. […]

Mckibbon Hotel Group Consultant Communicated with Staff Without Registering as a City Lobbyist

Mckibbon Hotel Group Consultant Communicated with Staff Without Registering as a City Lobbyist

Tallahassee Reports has learned that the consultant retained by the Mckibbon Hotel Group (MHG) – who has business before the City Commission – had communications with City staff on MHG issues and was not a registered lobbyist with the City of Tallahassee. Tallahassee Reports requested a list of registered lobbyists on August 16, 2013. Click […]