Politics

St. Johns County Adopts Revised Impact Fees

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted revised impact fees today, resulting in significant decreases for non-residential categories and moderate increases for residential units. The revised impact fees are the result of the legally required process to ensure impact fees are based on the most recent and localized data.

City Tackling $60 Million Budget Shortfall

City Tackling $60 Million Budget Shortfall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Hall is busy crunching the numbers to trim $60 million to prepare a balanced budget for the next mayor.

Mayor John Peyton, who is leaving office, is having his staff prepare a balanced budget that calls for no tax increase for the next mayor who will take office in July.

Last year, the city wrestled with a revenue shortfall with a combination of cutting spending and increasing the property tax rate by 8 percent.

The city's next mayor will be in office just two weeks before having to unveil spending priorities for the new year.

Bobby Dean is a taxpayer who wants city leaders to hold the line on spending and taxes.

"Everybody has to make the government a little bit smaller...everybody had had to sacrifice, let them sacrifice a little bit," said Dean, who works in construction.

Vacancies for St. Johns County Advisory Boards and Committees

St. Johns County is currently accepting applications for the following Board and Committee vacancies. Contact Melissa Lundquist at (904) 209.0537 or mlundquist@sjcfl.us for more information or to obtain an application.

Commissioner Miner to Host Community Meetings

St. Johns County Commissioner Mark P. Miner is holding a series of community meetings to re-connect with the community following his year-long deployment with the Florida National Guard. Miner returned to his post as the District 3 Commissioner in January. Ray Quinn, who was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist, served as Commissioner during Miner’s leave of absence.

St. Johns County’s Traffic Operations Section Hosts Traffic Calming Meting, Nov. 9th

The St. Johns County’s Traffic Operations Section will host a public meeting to consider traffic concerns for the Captain’s Pointe Subdivision, located near US-1 and Shores Boulevard. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Riverview Club, 790 Christina Drive, in St. Augustine.

 

Tea Party Network Get Out The Vote Rally, Oct. 30th

The Tea Party Network is sponsoring a Get Out The Vote Rally on Saturday, October 30, 2010 beginning at 12:00 PM. The Network, an association of 24 Florida Tea Party communities from around the State has organized an event aimed at expressing the very critical message that ll of us need to get out and vote in this critical election.

The event will start as a series of motorcade from the surrounding counties, making their way to a field in Clay County Florida located at 648 County Road 217, Middleburg Fl. 32234.

Mom's Mission to Ban Cell Phone Use in Cars

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A local tine mother is pushing for new state laws after her daughter was killed in a bus crash.
Police reports show the driver of the other vehicle was distracted by his cell phone.

Elissa Schee said she struggles to make sense of her daughter's sudden death.

"I never in a million years imagined that I would send her to school that morning and she would never come home."

In 2008, Schee's 13-year-old daughter, Margay Schee, was on her school bus in Marion County.  As kids were getting off the bus to go home, it was hit by a semi.

Both vehicles caught fire. Schee said witnesses frantically tried to pull the 21 students out.

"There was a white picket fence all the kids were lined up on that fence. But not Margay, and I knew that Margay was in trouble," she said.