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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TOWN BUDGET

Palm Beach Civic Association
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

 
June 20, 2010
 
The Editor
Palm Beach Daily News
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
 
Dear Sir:
 
The Palm Beach Civic Association Tax and Finance Committee has reviewed the Town budget for 2011. As chairman, I met with the Palm Beach finance director to better understand the budget proposals. After consideration, we wish to make the following comments: 

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CIVIC ASSOCIATION TO RECOMMEND THAT THE TOWN COUNCIL VOTE ‘NO’ ON SALES TAX REFERENDUM

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director

PALM BEACH, FL – The Town of Palm Beach Civic Association announced today that it will recommend to the Town Council to vote ‘No’ on the sales tax referendum to finance fire-rescue services. The Town and other county municipalities have been asked to approve putting the referendum on the August 24 Primary Election ballot.

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TAXES: $850M IN PLAY FROM HEALTH DISTRICTS?

By: R. Michael Brown, Civic Association Communications Director

A story from Health News Florida is asking the question, with the passage of the new federal health care law, “What will happen to the $850 million in taxes raised every year by local taxing districts around Florida to support care of the uninsured?” 

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UPDATE: The Founding of the Palm Beach Civic Association

By: R. Michael Brown, Communication Director, Palm Beach Civic Association -- The Palm Beach Civic Association was founded in 1944 by a handful of civic minded Palm Beachers who wished to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities of their amazing island.

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Pension changes, smaller raises will help secure town's financial future

Municipalities, counties and state governments all over the country are coming to the realization that they may have given away too much of the store to their employees, especially in the area of pension benefits.

This is the position Palm Beach finds itself in. If projections are accurate, the town would realize deficits beginning in 2012.

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Financial forecast proposal would offset budget deficits through 2017

Town Manager Peter Elwell this week released a 10-year financial forecast that would wipe out a string of projected budget deficits from fiscal year 2012 through 2017 and replace them with surpluses.

It would dramatically reduce, though not eliminate, deficits expected in fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Shore Protection Board Meeting Summary 1-22-10

Inlet Dredging to Go On Beach in the Future
It was reported that even though the Town of Palm Beach has worked out arrangements with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the dredging contractor to take dredged sand from the Lake Worth Inlet and place it either directly on the beach or in the near-shore littoral current, the current sand deposits in the inlet are less than 5,000 cu. yards so the USACOE will not return to dredge for now.

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