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CITY COMMISSION WRAP-UP An apparently homeless man takes a nap by the Sarasota County Area Transit station on Lemon Avenue in Sarasota. Photo by Stan Zimmerman HEADS GET HOT OVER HOMELESSNESS AND THE SUNSHINE LAWS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor During its regular meeting on Nov. 4, the Sarasota City Commission made progress on a couple of issues, grappled with the consequences of the most recent Government in the Sunshine lawsuit and suffered more heartburn over homelessness. EASY PROGRESS property taxes between a "base year" and subsequent years. Because the Newtown CRA was formed, and the "base year" set, in 2008 at the peak of property values, the "difference" continues to be negative. That means the CRA is not generating any money; it depends on the Downtown CRA for funding. It appears the City Commission, with the Maybe [homelessness consultant stroke of a pen, has the Robert] Marbut doesn't know who he's power to re-energize the working for. Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency. Willie Shaw Vice Mayor The CRA is funded City of Sarasota by the difference in The Downtown CRA may go out of existence in 2016. Some have wondered if the Newtown "base year" could be reset. State law says it cannot be

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