In a 6-1 vote, Pensacola City Council members on Wednesday tentatively adopted Mayor Ashton Hayward’s proposed $211 million city budget along with a $1.3 million budget for the Downtown Improvement Board. Councilman Charles Bare was the lone dissenting vote on both items, while Councilman Brian Spencer was absent.
Wednesday’s vote comes just two weeks after the Council failed to reach the five votes necessary to move the budget forward. Faced with a looming October 9 deadline to pass a budget, Council members Sherri Myers and Gerald Wingate switched their votes.
Before ultimately agreeing to support the proposed budget, Myers raised several of the same issues she did two weeks ago, including the City Council budget and the Tree Planting Trust Fund. Citing concerns about proposed expenditures, Myers made a motion to leave Tree Fund dollars unappropriated, but the amendment failed on a 4-3 vote.
The City Council has scheduled its final public hearing on the two budgets for this coming Monday, September 28. The hearing will begin at 5:15 pm in the Council Chambers.
|WHAT:||Final Public Hearing on the proposed budgets for the City of Pensacola and Downtown Improvement Board|
|WHEN:||Monday, September 28|
|WHERE:||City Council Chambers, First Floor|
Pensacola City Hall
222 West Main Street
Pensacola, FL 32502