Commissioner Wants to Talk About Extra Money

ST. PETE BEACH — Commissioner Jim Parent told the commission he wanted to discuss what to do with the extra money in the budget. The city finds itself with extra money after a 14.7% tax hike designed to pay for a city police department. Residents voted to outsource the police department in early November, after the commission approved the final budget.

At the first meeting after the vote, Commissioner Parent asked that the clerk place an item on the agenda so the commission could discuss the extra money.

“I believe that we need to have as explicit discussion about what we will do with what now will be some unallocated funds,” he said “as opposed to just letting them disappear into our disaster fund.”