City vote could lead to increased taxes or decreased services

SARASOTA – Approval of two amendments could lead to an increase in taxes or a decrease in services for Sarasota County residents. This fall, state residents will vote on whether to give themselves a property tax break. As of now, Sarasota County’s budget for the next two fiscal years is virtually balanced, but that tax break would put the county, and the budget, in a hole. According to the Herald-Tribune officials project deficits in...

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Todd Bowden given approval to negotiate contract with 80/20 funding split

SARASOTA – The Sarasota county school board voted unanimously to extend a contract to local law enforcement to place SROs in MIDDLE AND high schools for the 2018–2019 school year. The board gives superintendent Todd Bowden permission to negotiate a contract with an 80–20 funding split with the Sarasota county sheriff’s office. The decision gives the school board more time to implement their internal police force. The contract says the...

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Legislator oversight may leave homeless without money

TALLAHASSEE – A key omission may affect money spent on homeless people in the state. The Florida budget that kicks in July 1 includes $4 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. Legislators, however, omitted language that makes it mandatory for the state to actually spend the money. As a result, 27 homeless agencies in the state may lose as much as $350,000. Some of this money is used for homeless to pay...

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Venice City Council will meet about proposed spending budget

VENICE – Budget time for the city of Venice. The City Council will meet later this week to dissect the proposed $109.3 million spending package for the coming fiscal year. “We want to make sure their isn’t any waste number one. We want to make sure that the priorities that are established for the city are taken care of and we want to make sure that we are doing it as economically as we possibly can,” said Mayor John Holic. Mayor John...

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Political Corner: state district 73 GOP primary

SARASOTA — In this edition of Political Corner, SNN’s Grant Boxleitner and Herald-Tribune Political Editor Zac Anderson break down the  Republican State House District 73 primary. Businesswoman Melissa Howard and veteran and attorney Tommy Gregory are squaring off the in August primary. It’s expected to be a hotly contested race to replace Joe Gruters, who is leaving the seat to run for state senate. The two GOP candidates will be...

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Gov. Rick Scott announces ’40-day Red Snapper Season’

SARASOTA-Governor Rick Scott encourages residents to take advantage of living in the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’. Last weekend Governor Scott deemed, license–free freshwater fishing in gulf waters. Beginning Monday, fishermen are granted a 40-day red snapper season in Gulf and Federal waters through July 20th. Sherman Baldwin owner of Hart’s Landing said he hasn’t seen a red snapper season this long in years. “Red Snapper is a...

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