Fort Lauderdale: Mid-Term Update
September marks the half-way point for the "new" City Commission, which was elected in March 2009. What has been accomplished? What hasn't? What will the second half bring?
The budget submitted by former City Manager Gretsas and approved by the Commission in July did not raise taxes or cut staff or services, but was "balanced" by using almost $13 million of the City's eneral fund reserve funds.
Following critical commentary from the Budget Advisory Board, who had been working for a year on proposals to streamline city government, the Commission reduced the use of reserves to around $7 million at the public hearing on September 7, but that budget passed only by a vote of 3 (Seiler, Roberts, Rogers) to 2 (DuBose and Rodstrom).
The final budget will be voted on at a public hearing September 21, so we can discuss the final results and the prognosis and plans for next year.
For details, see Scott Wyman's 9/7 post: Click Here
Visioning Committee Chairman Tim Smith will report on the Committee's discussions and decisions since they started meeting earlier this year and the pending RFP, which was approved by the Committee in July and was recently released by the City staff.
The Centennial Celebration
March 2011 will mark Fort Lauderdale's 100th birthday. What are the plans for our Centennial celebration?
New City Manager
Since former Manager Gretsas was denied a contract expension last year, the Commission has not discussed plans for the process of chosing sucessor or an interim manager. What are the plans to fill the vacant City Manager position, and how long will it take? Who will serve as the interim City Manager during the search and hiring process and how will the interim Manager be selected?
What's new in Neighborhood and community issues?
State Attorney Investigation?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
7:30 am: Coffee & Networking
7:45-8:45 am: Presentation/Discussion
FAU/BCC Higher Education Complex, 111 E. Las Olas, Room 1110
Parking available in the City Garage
RSVP to Robert A. Dressler
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