Fort Lauderdale: Mid-Term Update

September marks the half-way point for the "new" City Commission, which was elected in March 2009. What has been accomplished? What hasn't? What will the second half bring? 

The Budget

The budget submitted by former City Manager Gretsas and approved by the Commission in July did not raise taxes or cut staff or services, but was "balanced" by using almost $13 million of the City's eneral fund reserve funds.

Following critical commentary from the Budget Advisory Board, who had been working for a year on proposals to streamline city government, the Commission reduced the use of reserves to around $7 million at the public hearing on September 7, but that budget passed only by a vote of 3 (Seiler, Roberts, Rogers) to 2 (DuBose and Rodstrom).

The final budget will be voted on at a public hearing September 21, so we can discuss the final  results and the prognosis and plans for next year.

For details, see Scott Wyman's 9/7 post: Click Here


Visioning Committee Chairman Tim Smith will report on the Committee's discussions and decisions since they started meeting earlier this year and the pending RFP, which was approved by the Committee in July and was recently released by the City staff.

The Centennial Celebration

March 2011 will mark Fort Lauderdale's 100th birthday. What are the plans for our Centennial celebration?

New City Manager

Since former Manager Gretsas was denied a contract expension last year, the Commission has not discussed plans for the process of chosing  sucessor or an interim manager. What are the plans to fill the vacant City Manager position, and how long will it take? Who will serve as the interim City Manager during the search and hiring process and how will the interim Manager be selected?

Neighborhood Issues

What's new in Neighborhood and community issues?

State Attorney Investigation?

Blogger Buddy Nevins has reported that the State Attorney's office is investigating a Fort Lauderdale Commissioner.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

7:30 am: Coffee & Networking
7:45-8:45 am: Presentation/Discussion

FAU/BCC Higher Education Complex, 111 E. Las Olas, Room 1110 

Parking available in the City Garage

RSVP to Robert A. Dressler

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