Children's Board officials take 5 percent pay cut
The eight managers who run the Children's Board of Hillsborough County are taking a 5 percent pay cut, joining a growing number of officials who are slashing their salaries in these tough economic times. "I am proud and not surprised that our leadership team volunteered to take a pay cut to help the board continue its critical mission of supporting children and families," said board chairwoman Valerie Goddard. She said the nonprofit is expecting a 13 percent drop in property tax revenue over the next fiscal year.
Term limit merry-go-round cranks up its dizzying spin
County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan's, chief aide, Rich Reidy, has announced plans to run for state House District 47, being vacated by fellow Republican Kevin Ambler. Reidy has worked for Hagan for six years. Ambler is one of a string of local politicians shifting their sights as term limits forces them out. Consider: Ambler leaves the House to run for the District 12 state Senate seat being vacated by Victor Crist, who is running for Hagan's County Commission seat, who is running for Jim Norman's District 5 Commission seat, who closes the circle by challenging Ambler for Crist's old Senate seat. Remember Reidy? It's a story about Reidy. To win Ambler's old seat he must get past fellow Republican Tom Aderhold. That name may be familiar because Aderhold tried, and failed, to knock Reidy's boss, Hagan, out of his commission seat last year.