In the matter of budgets, the county takes precedence
That's not likely.
As City Manager Frank Edmunds explained, state law says that city budget hearings can't conflict with either county or School Board budget hearings. Cities have to give way. And Tuesday night, the Pinellas County Commission was holding its final budget hearing.
The idea behind the law seems to be an effort to give taxpayers a chance to attend all budget hearings that might affect them, something that would be impossible if they were all on the same night.
-- Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer