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A NUMBER OF UNRESOLVED ISSUES A pie chart shows tentative, estimated Sarasota county expenses for the 2014 fiscal year. All the Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) positions have not been approved yet. Image courtesy Sarasota County ALTHOUGH THE COUNTY COMMISSION THIS WEEK APPROVED A FLAT TOTAL MILLAGE RATE FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, IT WILL NOT ADDRESS EMPLOYEE RAISES UNTIL AUGUST By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Leaving big questions unanswered — including employee pay raises — until their final budget workshop on Aug. 20, the Sarasota County commissioners this week unanimously adopted the tentative millage rates for the 2014 fiscal year, leaving them flat from the current year at a total of 3.93. The total of the proposed 2014 fiscal year budget is $1,032,677,312. That compares to the $897 million spending plan adopted for the current fiscal year and $870 million in FY 2012. The last time the county budget exceeded $1 billion was in FY 2010, when it was $1.003 million, according to documents provided W e h a v e n o t a p p r o v e d by the county's Office By law, the board of Financial Planning. cannot raise the mill- compensation increases yet, nor have we age rates above that finished approving the budget. According to matepoint when it votes rials made available Christine Robinson Commissioner on the final budget in before the July 10 regSarasota County September. ular County Commis-

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