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St. Pete set to vote on new budget

09/26/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Two weeks ago the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed Mayor Bill Foster's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties. Instead the city voted to increase its property tax millage rate for the first time in two decades. If the budget passes its second vote, city services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

The final budget hearing and vote is Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently an effort called the Peo...

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St. Pete kills fire fee; poised to raise property tax rate buoyed by residents' calls to maintain services listen

09/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed the Mayor's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties; instead the city increased its property tax millage rate for the first time in 2 decades.

City services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

Recently an effort called the Peoples’ Budget Review has surveyed city residents and found they prefer tax increases to cuts in services. WMNF interviewed Rick Smith, who has been involved i...

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St. Pete City Council approves temporary ordinance for the Republican convention listen

08/10/12 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete officials say they need to have safety and security measures in place while delegates and dignitaries are in town for the pre-convention party. But some people are concerned about the ordinance infringing upon residents’ constitutional rights. Councilman Bill Dudley supported the ordinance, saying it is necessary to take all precautions.

“We can nit pick and do all that stuff, but I’m telling you, after something serious h...

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St. Pete group calls on community involvement in the city's budget listen

03/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Political activists launched a non-partisan initiative this morning that aims at giving citizens of St. Petersburg a louder voice in the budgeting process. On the steps of City Hall, 40 supporters of the People’s Budget Review learned details of the process that reaches out to residents to gather their ideas on how tax dollars should be spent at the city level. Christian Haas spoke about the process at a press conference.

“Essentially we want to have aggregate data of the citizen’...

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City council members in St. Pete aren't sure about new Pier budget listen

01/27/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg has chosen a design known as "The Lens" for its new Pier. At a workshop yesterday some City Council members raised budget concerns about the project.

Council member Jim Kennedy said an independent review and analysis of “The Lens” design was conducted ...

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New St. Pete Pier proposals don't include everything in the drawings listen

12/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nearly 200 residents showed up today at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg for a chance to hear from designers vying for a chance to replace the city’s iconic pier. The three companies all incorporated the concept of merging downtown with the waterfront.

Architects from BIG proposed a design they are calling the Wave. It’s a giant loop that dives into Tampa Bay. The plans include a top-floor viewing room with an obse...

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League of Women Voters hosts St. Pete City Council debate listen

10/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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City Council candidates continued their campaign efforts in St. Petersburg last night with a debate moderated by the League of Women Voters. All of the candidates were there to talk about plans for tackling problems like jobs and foreclosures.

Incumbent district five council member Steve Kornell is running unopposed after his opponent dropped out of the race. Now Kornell finds himself with a different kind of challenger. Voters will h...

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St. Pete City Council candidates stress social reform in front of a crowd of 300 listen

10/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Voters in St. Petersburg are gearing up for the November 8th city council general election. Last night five of the candidates squared off in a forum in the city’s mid-town area where they fielded questions about boosting opportunities for youth and African-American people.

The 4-district city council race brought 300 residents to Mt. Zion Progressive Church. It w...

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Thursday St. Pete City Council could become first city to favor conflict-free products

09/21/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today we are going to talk about conflict minerals – natural resources that are extracted from war zones and the funds that come from their export perpetuating wars and atrocities, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a moment we’ll hear from an Eckerd College Student, Samantha Fenwick and St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell about an effort to get [St. Petersburg to be a pioneer city in purchasing electronics that are conflict-free](http://www.stpete.org...

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St. Pete City Council approves three finalists to redesign the pier listen

09/08/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Pete City Council approved a list of three finalists who will compete to redesign the St. Pete Pier. The city even hopes to outshine big cities like Chicago with the new waterfront.

In a 6-1 vote, the council voted with overwhelming support to approve three designers to conceive the new $55 million city project. Last month a five member jury shortlisted three finalists t...

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