The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners will conduct two public budget hearings this month regarding the FY2014 county budget which goes into effect on Oct. 1.
The tentative $1,763,147,110 balanced budget continues the board’s tradition of providing high quality services to the public while prudently managing the public’s funds. The public budget meetings will take place Thursday, Sept. 5 and Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., both days in the fifth-floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse at 315 Court Street in downtown Clearwater.
The board will also be conducting a separate public hearing to discuss a proposed surface water assessment fee for unincorporated Pinellas County. That meeting takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. in the fifth-floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown Clearwater.
This annual assessment, if approved, will fund repair and maintenance of the county’s surface water drainage system, extending its life and usefulness to help prevent flooding during rainstorms.
Pinellas County would also be able to prioritize bodies of open water that do not meet federal/state environmental standards; monitor, study and analyze the sources of pollution; and implement the most cost effective means to remedy pollution problems.
All meetings will be broadcast over the county’s website at www.pinellascounty.org and may be viewed over PCC-TV on Bright House channel 622, Verizon 44 and Knology channel 18.
For more information on the tentative FY2014 county budget, look to the Citizen’s Guide to the Budget website at www.pinellascounty.org/budget.
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