Tallahassee City Commission

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The Tallahassee City Commission is ready for another term after swearing in two commissioners and saying goodbye to another on Monday evening. The new commission is full of experienced public servants who have all governed before.

In front of a near-capacity crowd in the City Hall chambers, the swearing-in ceremony began with a farewell to Commissioner Mark Mustian. He’s stepping down after nearly 10 years in office. City Manager Anita Favors Thompson said, Mustian has been an outstanding leader.

The Florida Commission on Ethics prosecuting advocate is saying that Tallahassee Mayor John Marks did violate ethics laws for taking part in several votes at City Commission meetings. Her recommended penalties include public reprimanding and monetary fines.

Diane Guillemette, a senior assistant attorney general who acts as a prosecutor for the state ethics commission, says Marks should have excused himself from voting on city matters that financially benefited companies that had retained him as an attorney. The City Commission votes happened from 2007 to 2010.

The City of Tallahassee is speeding up the process for granting home-building permits. City officials announced their plans Thursday for a faster permitting process while highlighting new homes being built in the Southwood neighborhood.

Starting on Monday, the city will aim to approve all residential building-permit applications within seven days instead of the previous 12. Shane Lambert, of the Tallahassee Builders Association, applauded the change.

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The proposed closure of a city-run arts-and-crafts center brought several Tallahassee residents to protest at Wednesday’s City Commission meeting. Commissioners are weighing whether to shutter the Lafayette Park center as they decide how to cover a budget shortfall of almost $1 million.

The Lafayette Park Arts and Crafts Center, which has been operating for more than 50 years, offers art classes to adults and children. Former student Molly Londot said she wants other kids to be able to experience what she did.

Tallahassee Releases 'A Report to Our Citizens'

Jun 18, 2012

The City of Tallahassee has released what it calls “A Report to Our Citizens,” a document outlining the city’s functions, budget and goals at the half-way point of 2012.

As the nation’s economy continues its slow recovery, the city of Tallahassee is trying to find ways to balance its budget without raising property taxes. The report shows the property tax millage rate has not risen since 2004.

City Auditor Sam McCall says some savings could come from proposed changes to city staff. 

Miller driving electric vehicle
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The city of Tallahassee announced the “Get There Green” program  on Thursday. The program starts with three parts, all aimed at encouraging eco-friendly transportation use among city employees.

First, the city has purchased an electric vehicle—it looks like a golfcart—that employees can use to shuttle between City Hall and other government buildings downtown.

In front of City Hall on Thursday, City Commissioner Nancy Miller drove the two-person, door-less vehicle. “I have a convertible, so it doesn’t bother me a bit," she said.  "And it’s very comfortable.”

City Approves Utility Credit Programs for Businesses

Jun 13, 2012

Tallahassee businesses can now receive utility credits for participating in two new hi-tech programs aimed at harnessing excess electrical power. The Tallahassee City Commission approved the plans on Wednesday.

The plans give credits to businesses for allowing the city to remotely control their energy use—say, raising or lowering thermostat temperatures— and to run their generators during off-peak times. Reese Goad, of Utility Business and Customer services, said customers and the city should benefit from the plans.

The City of Tallahassee is wondering how it will fill an expected $1.2 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year.

City Commissioners are starting  to  review  the city's finances in advance of the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

In Wednesday's budget workshop commissioner's agreed one area they WON'T be looking to pull in extra revenue to fill the hole is through an increase property taxes.

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The parade of local candidates to the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Office has begun.  Tom Flanigan followed one Tallahassee City Commission hopeful who was turning in his paperwork Monday.

City Commission Seat One Candidate Daniel Parker delivered a big box of petitions to an elections office clerk, allowing him a place on the ballot.  He also has an endorsement, from former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff.

“And I know him to be an effective student and advocate for strong growth management, environmental protection, intelligent urban design…”

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