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Longboat property values rise 5.4%

Longboat property values rise 5.4%

If the tax rate on Longboat stays the same, an additional $467, 618 will be generated through property taxes for the Town’s coffers.

June 2, 2014 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Town commission sets a maximum operating millage rate of 2.1372

Town commission sets a maximum operating millage rate of 2.1372

The Town Commission voted at its regular commission meeting Monday, July 1 on a maximum millage rate of 2.1372 for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The maximum millage rate is the largest the commission would be able to set when the budget is determined for the next year. The current year’s millage for 2012-13 is 1.8872 […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Major Headlines, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

Four rats rampage Town Hall

Four rats rampage Town Hall

One of the rats was seen flailing around under Finance Director Tom Kelly’s desk with a trap snapped around its neck

December 16, 2012 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Budget boosted by final valuations

Budget boosted by final valuations

Longboat Key Finance Department budget analyst Sandi Henley had a nice fiscal surprise at last week’s Commission meeting. “We have real good news; we are not as far down as we thought we were in June,”

July 7, 2012 | Posted in In the news, Major Headlines, News Shorts, Top Box | Read More »

The pension issue

The pension issue

The Town Commission is now playing with dynamite with a policy change that could totally destroy what many of us labored over the years to make a true paradise.

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

Monday meetings

Monday meetings

On the evening of Sept. 12, I ventured out to LBK Town Hall for the meeting of the Town Commission. This should have been the first meeting of the new season in accordance with the charter and tradition around here. The commission actually met in August, and its several committees and subcommittees have been convening all summer. That’s the new reality

September 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Commission approves first reading of 2011-2012 budget

Commission approves first reading of 2011-2012 budget

The Town Commission this week approved the first reading of its 2011-2012 budget, which included a 1.8872 millage rate, the same rate as the 2010-2011 budget. The commission decided to eliminate a proposed business-tax increase, which would have created an additional $8,000 in revenue, citing that now is not a good time to increase taxes […]

September 16, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

Budget cuts targeted amid debate

Budget cuts targeted amid debate

In a blend of politics and fiscal pragmatism, Longboat commissioners accomplished two budget issues this week: setting a maximum tax rate and identifying more than one quarter million dollars in budget cuts to hold the tax rate in line with last year

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »

The annual budget charade

The annual budget charade

The Longboat Key Town Commission has started its annual budget charade. This is the period where commissioners, acting as if their entire political career hangs in the balance, show off for their parishioners by nitpicking the budget

July 15, 2011 | Posted in Al Green, Opinion | Read More »

LBK budget: Do we tax or trim?

LBK budget: Do we tax or trim?

Monday is decision day for the Longboat Key Town Commission when it comes to setting the maximum tax rate and exacting its push to cut the town’s $14 million plus annual budget

July 8, 2011 | Posted in Major Headlines | Read More »