Sarasota News Leader

08/23/2013

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'WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG?' A MegaMowers employee trims a county right of way in a neighborhood on Aug. 21. Such work is provided through county policy, Commissioner Nora Patterson says, though most homeowners mow rights of way and ditch banks adjacent to their yards. Photo by Rachel Hackney WITH MORE MOWING FIRMS HAVING ABANDONED COUNTY CONTRACTS, THE COUNTY COMMISSION ON AUG. 27 WILL BE FACED WITH APPROVING AN EXTRA $1.5 MILLION ON NEW ONES IN ITS CURRENT BUDGET By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Almost exactly two months after he last stood before them with a problem, Spencer Anderson, director of field services for Sarasota County, will be back before the commissioners on Aug. 27 with yet more mowing woes. This time, it appears the board will be facing not only the need to approve new vendors, but an increase of $1,514,000 — about 58 percent — in the amount it had budgeted for the services in the current fiscal year. On Aug. 21 — the day after the board wrestled with income and expenses for the 2014 fiscal year — Commissioner Nora Patterson told The Sarasota News Leader, "It's … anothIt's … another budget issue, but I er budget issue, but I don't see that we have any other choice. don't see that we have any other choice." Nora Patterson Commissioner Sarasota County The commissioners join residents in want-

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