Sarasota News Leader

02/21/2014

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A presentation on the 2013 fiscal year bud- get this week provided a sneak preview into some of the challenges the Sarasota County Commission will likely grapple with during upcoming workshops as it crafts its spending plan for FY 2015. The first of those ses- s i o n s w i l l b e h e l d Friday, Feb. 21. Clerk of Court and County Comptroller Karen Rushing and P e t e R a m s d e n , director of finance with the Clerk's Office, provided the annual financial report to the commission on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Commissioners emphasized they want to address several items in detail during the u p c o m i n g b u d g e t workshops. Among them will be the poten- tial need to upgrade or repair fixed assets, including buildings, other infrastructure — such as roads — and equipment. According Pete Ramsden, director of finance with the Sarasota County Clerk of Court's Office, addresses the County Commission on Wednesday. Photo by Roger Drouin THE COUNTY IS IN STRONG FINANCIAL HEALTH, BUT COMMISSIONERS VOICE CONCERN ABOUT POSSIBLE INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES AND RISING MEDICAL FUND COSTS FISCAL CHECKUP As the new guy, it is a tremendous benefit to have the audit complete in December and to be here in February talking about this. Tom Harmer Administrator Sarasota County By Roger Drouin County Editor

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