Sarasota News Leader

09/27/2013

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WHOSE SAY-SO? The County Commission prepares for its regular meeting to begin on Sept. 24. Photo by Norman Schimmel A COUNTY COMMISSIONER HAS ASKED FOR A LEGAL OPINION ON WHETHER HIS BOARD CAN MOVE THE DATE OF THE NEXT REFERENDUM ON A SPECIAL 1 MILL SCHOOL TAX By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor A Sarasota County commissioner has asked the county attorney to research what authority, if any, the county board has regarding the scheduling of the next Sarasota County School Board referendum on continuing the school system's special 1 mill tax. sioners for the Town of Longboat Key. "Do we have any jurisdiction over that?" Barbetta asked County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh. DeMarsh told Barbetta, "I don't know the extent of the [County Commission's] prerogative." However, DeMarsh said he believed On Sept. 24, Commissioner Joe Barbetta If we were to lose $40 million, it's the commission had said he understood more than what our [reserve] fund to vote to approve the March 25 ballot. the School Board had balance is. … We just can't do that. set the referendum for On Sept. 25, Scott Caroline Zucker March 25, 2014, to coFerguson, communiMember ordinate with the next cations specialist for Sarasota County School Board the school district, election of commis-

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