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Jumps in estimates of taxable property values for Sarasota County were among numerous pieces of good economic news for the County Commission on April 29 as staff reviewed the first half of the current fiscal year and looked ahead to FY 2015. County Administrator To m H a r m e r a l s o won praise from com- m i s s i o n e r s f o r h i s efforts to improve the county's finan- cial future by holding down expenses. "We've tried to be frugal," Harmer said. Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson pointed to that as an example "of the leadership of this administration." When she has talked one-on-one with staff members, she added, t h e y h a v e n o t e d Harmer's emphasis on conservative spending. "We haven't seen that in the last two years," Robinson added. The Sarasota County commissioners and County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh (far right) listen to a presentation during the April 29 budget workshop. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COUNTY GETS A GOOD MID-YEAR FISCAL CHECKUP POSITIVE TRENDS We have to budget for the worst- case scenario. … Mr. Harmer, you've gotten the message from the County Commission that this is what you have to do … and it's refreshing to see. Christine Robinson Vice Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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