Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lakewood Ranch district buget set for public hearing this week

Steve Zielinski

 At the onset of budget workshop meetings in February, Lakewood Ranch finance director Steve Zielinski told the Inter-District Authority supervisors, the board responsible for Town Hall operations, that it would be a tough year.

Declining property values, mortgage foreclosures, and the area’s high unemployment rate would ensure another tight budget year, including no raises for Town Hall staff.

True to Zielinski’s forecast, the Inter-District Authority budget that will be rolled out for public comment at a public hearing Thursday at Town Hall totals $3.41 million, down more than $86,000 from the current fiscal year. District meetings start at 9 a.m.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Lakewood Ranch Herald.


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