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In the matter of budgets, the county takes precedence




SEMINOLE -- Patricia Plantamura, one of the city's newest council members, chided Seminole staff members during Wednesday's council meeting. Plantamura said she was concerned that some residents had not come to talk about the budget, which was up for its final reading, because the council meeting had been moved from its usual Tuesday night time. She hoped that the meeting could be left on its regular night for future budget hearings.

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

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:08pm]


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