Sarasota News Leader

09/27/2013

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NO SURPRISES The Sarasota City Commission listens to residents during its final meeting this week on the 2014 fiscal year budget. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SARASOTA APPROVED THEIR FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGETS THIS WEEK WITH NO CHANGES IN BOARD MEMBERS' EARLIER VOTES By Stan Zimmerman and Rachel Brown Hackney Staff Editors The budget votes did not vary at either the age rate, the city still needed to pull $1.1 milSarasota City Commission or County Commis- lion from its reserves to balance the budget. sion dais this week. Neither Caragiulo nor Snyder offered any On Sept. 24, the City Commission approved its suggestions on where the budget could be 2014 fiscal year spending plan on a 3-2 vote, cut further or how to reduce the reliance on with Commissioner Paul Caragiulo and Mayor reserves. Shannon Snyder in the They were challenged minority. They have been voting against What we've realized is we've to speak up by Comthe budget since July, increased services to the point they cost missioner Susan Chapwhen the preliminary more than we're taking in. man, who asked them millage rate was set. what they would pare Charles Hines Vice Chairman from the budget to Despite a 6.8-percent County Commission stop the millage inincrease in that mill-

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