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PUTTING MONEY ON THE TABLE The County Commission prepares for the next topic of discussion during its Aug. 20 budget workshop. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO COMMIT $500,000 TOWARD SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS IN THE AREA By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The day after the Sarasota City Commission tackled the same topic (see the related story in this issue), the County Commission voted unanimously to set aside $500,000 in a fund to be used to deal with the issue of homelessness in the area. The actual expenditure of the money will be linked to a proposal developed by Dr. Robert Marbut, an expert on homelessness, who is working as a consultant for the City and County of Sarasota. The decision came on Aug. 20, as the County Commission held its final budget workshop before its September public hearings on the spending plan for the next fiscal year. Commissioner Joe Barbetta pointed out that Marbut probably would not have a report ready for about 60 days. However, Barbetta continued, MarIt's now up to the citizens to turn but had suggested to others and say, 'They contributed; it's the local government your turn to commit.' bodies be ready with funds to act once the Christine Robinson Commissioner proposal has been reSarasota County viewed and the city

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