Sarasota News Leader

06/27/2014

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With County Administrator Tom Harmer hav- ing dubbed Sarasota County's Fiscal Year 2015 spending plan the "Administrator's Budget," he has closely overseen a process that has included 17 internal budget reviews and four workshops so far with the county commissioners. After all, it is his first budget since he was named to the top administrative position following the October 2013 firing of his pre- decessor. If the commissioners approve the plan as presented, the county will add 40 new full-time employees and increase its operat- ing budget by 3.7 percent. (See the link to Harmer's June 25 presentation.) T h e C o m m i s s i o n e r s c r e d i t e d H a r m e r with holding the budget fairly stable. Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson praised him A graphic County Administrator Tom Harmer presented to the County Commission shows Sarasota County has the second lowest millage rate in the state. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE 2015 COUNTY BUDGET THE PRELIMINARY PLAN INCLUDES 40 NEW FULL-TIME POSITIONS AND A 3.7 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE COUNTY'S OPERATING BUDGET BUT HOLDS THE TAX RATE STEADY By Roger Drouin County Editor

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