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Palm Coast’s Shocking Electric Tax Scheme

| October 15, 2018

Out of nowhere the Palm Coast City Council is about to ram through a large tax increase on residents and businesses with hardly any discussion, no hearings, no public education. No wonder we have tea parties.

Fruehan Is No-Show as Mosquito Control District Raises Tax Rate 10% Above Rollback (Don’t Panic)

| September 24, 2018

Florence Fruehan, the physician facing criminal charges and a member of the Flagler Mosquito Control District, was a no-show at today’s budget hearing of the district, as his mother was ailing.

Flagler County ‘Re-Hires’ Deputy Administrator Sally Sherman, Who Never Left: She Cost $99,000 in 7 Months as a ‘Consultant’

| September 20, 2018

Sally Sherman “retired” and returned the next day with a $12,500 raise as a “consultant” so she could skirt the law requiring retirees to stay out of Flagler government work for half a year.

Pay Disparity: Many Flagler Government Employees Paid Less While Several “All Stars” Are Overpaid

| September 10, 2018

A salary study found pay disparities between Flagler government and other governments, but also within Flagler government, where an “all stars” system is rewarding some employees far more than others.

Tax Notices Mailed to Property Owners Point to Mostly Modest Increases

| August 27, 2018

Property owners started receiving their tax notices in the mail last week. the numbers are not as dire as feared or as they seem, particularly when a tax bill is looked at whole rather than in its various parts.

Amazon’s Deceptive Bargain With Local Government Purchasing–at Local Business’ Expense

| August 1, 2018

Amazon’s bid to dominate local government purchasing has gone under the radar. IKt’s appealing on the surface, but could make it harder for agencies to buy from local vendors.

Palm Coast Would Raise Water and Sewer Rates 20.6% Over the Next 4 Years

| July 31, 2018

The average monthly residential bill for water and sewer is $65.76. It would rise to $79.33 by 2022, when the average annual bill will be $163 higher than it is now.

Flagler Beach Sets Tentative Property Tax Rate 21% Higher. Don’t Panic: It Won’t Stick.

| July 26, 2018

Flagler Beach commissioners were forced to agree to a proposed tax rate that will be mailed to property owners even though they had not held their first budget workshop yet.

Palm Coast Taxes Would Rise Modestly For Most in $37 Million General Fund Budget

| July 17, 2018

The owner of a median-priced house in Palm Coast would see taxes rise from $28 to $33 next year, depending on which tax rate the council adopts.

No Money for a Big Recreation Center, But Palm Coast Will Spend $100,000 Imagining One

| July 10, 2018

The $100,000 would pay for a conceptual plan for the recreation center and potential aquatic center off Belle Terre Parkway, around the Palm Coast Tennis Center.

County Commissioners Again Can’t Agree On How Much To Raise Next Year’s Taxes

| July 9, 2018

For the third straight budget workshop, Flagler County Commissioners have been unable to agree on what property tax rate to set for next year and what to cut to get there.

Agonizing Over Tax Increase, Indecisive County Commission Defers To Administrator

| July 2, 2018

County taxes are going up no matter what, but most county commissioners, some of them in election season, have been unable to give the county administrator more than vague direction on the budget.

Balking at Proposed Tax Increase, County Commissioners Offer Alternatives Outside of Public Meeting

| June 26, 2018

Flagler County commissioners want to cut a proposed budget increase but didn’t do so at a workshop, and plan to offer their suggestions outside of budget workshops.

Ambulance Fees Going Up 48% as Flagler Fire Rescue Makes Pitch For Big Budget Increase

| June 20, 2018

Flagler County’s fire department is asking for a substantial budget increase to raise pay and buy $1.5 million worth of equipment, and the county approved huge increases in emergency transportation fees.

Palm Coast Council Prepares Residents For Big Tax and Fee Changes Ahead

| June 14, 2018

A combination of a potential huge revenue loss combined with rising infrastructure needs mean the current Palm Coast tax and fee structure is unsustainable.

To Keep Sally Sherman, a $136,000 Employee, Flagler County Is Paying Private Agency $190,000

| June 8, 2018

The bottom-line cost to taxpayers to retain Sally Sherman as a worker in Flagler government–totaling $258,554–is much higher than county officials originally conveyed.

Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman ‘Retires’ at $136,500, Returns Next Day at $149,000, Plus $330,000 Pay-Out

| June 6, 2018

Flagler Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman’s “retirement” is an extreme example of double-dipping and an end-run around a law that requires retirees not to work at their old agency for at least a year.

Flagler Sheriff’s Budget For 2018-19 Would Go Up $3.8 Million, Largest In Over a Decade

| June 4, 2018

The surge is driven by another increase in sheriff’s deputies, and would bring the total number of new deputies to 22 in two years. The county commission is not objecting.

Flagler Property Values Rise 7.5%, Best Since Recession, But Government Revenue Faces Shock

| June 1, 2018

Higher values ease pressure on government revenue but a potential increase in the homestead exemption would reduce revenue by millions, absent tax hikes.

7 New Sheriff’s Deputies, 143% Cost Increase as Outline of Flagler’s School Safety Takes Shape

| April 13, 2018

Sheriff Staly and Superintendent Tager are negotiating an increase of the school deputies’ program to $1.8 million split 50-50, with the schools’ share paid by the state and the sheriff’s by the County Commission.

Historically Low School Tax Will Diminish Effects of Tax Increases in Palm Coast and County

| September 25, 2017

Even though county government, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are all increasing taxes, homeowners’ bills will not see a steep increase thanks to a lower school tax.

Divided Flagler Beach Commission Agrees To 15% Tax Increase, 2 New Cops, 1 Fire Captain

| August 24, 2017

Residents in Flagler Beach will see their second big tax increase in a row, along with a 35 percent water and sewer rate hike, a 10 percent garbage hike and a 30 percent stormwater hike.

Senate Approves Constitutional Proposal That Would Increase Homestead Exemption to $75,000

| May 2, 2017

The homestead exemption proposal would go before voters as a constitutional amendment in 2018, would save homeowners money but cost local governments millions in revenue.

Sheriff Will Ask Palm Coast to Pay for 5 More Cops, a 21% Increase of City’s Policing Budget

| April 10, 2017

Sheriff Staly wants to double Palm Coast’s traffic unit, but five more cops would cost close to $600,000 on top of the city’s current $2.6 million budget. Mayor Milissa Holland signals some push-back.

Flagler Beach Commission Considers Biggest Tax Hike Since Recession, and New Fire Costs

| August 24, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission is considering a budget that would significantly raise taxes while restoring such positions as the fire and police chief, positions eliminated three years ago.

Palm Coast Votes 3-2 Against $5,000 Hike For Jim Landon in Stinging Rebuke

| July 19, 2016

Two council members said Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon had been overpaid, with his $169,000 salary now where it should be. The vote ends a long, in many ways improper and opaque process.

Taxable Values Improve Less Than in 2015, But Still More Strongly Than in Pre-Recession Years

| June 10, 2016

Palm Coast’s and Bunnell’s values improved least among local governments, at 3.9 and 2.2 percent, while county, school and Flagler Beach values all exceeded 5 percent.

County Government’s Health Costs Take $1.5 Million Hit, Clouding Brighter Budget Outlook

| May 10, 2016

Property values are expected to improve by 4.5 percent, adding $2.5 million to county revenue absent tax-rate changes, but the county’s health costs are increasing dramatically, leaving county commissioners with difficult choices again.

As Flagler’s Emergency Communications Briefly Falter, Palm Coast and Sheriff Assail County Over Long-Term Plans

| February 5, 2016

The county’s critical emergency radio system briefly failed when a tower lost its back-up power Thursday even as county, city and sheriff’s officials were meeting in the first high-level meeting since 2013 to deal with their differences over modernizing the emergency communications system.

Sheriff’s Lost Computer Files Are Recovered, But County Faces a $1.1 Million IT Fix

| December 8, 2015

Some $600,000 was budgeted ahead of the October crash. But $500,000 was not. The county commission will have to find that money. And that’s just for this year as the county and sheriff catch up on neglected information infrastructure.

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