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St. Pete City Counsel votes 5-3 to approve Bill Foster's fiscal budget listen

09/13/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A divided St. Petersburg City Council voted late last night 5-3 to adopt Mayor Bill Foster's tentative fiscal year budget. The City Council Chamber filled up quickly, prompting the city to open two additional rooms with close circuit television. Regular citizens and members of grassroots organizations appealed to the City Council to tax less and spend more.

One organization, the People's Budget Review, had several members in attendance. It's a grassroots ...

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Talking about St. Petersburg's People's Budget Review

08/22/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Created in the spring of 2012, the People's Budget Review in St. Petersburg is a story of how a group of local activists and concerned citizens have organized to have an impact on how the city's budget priorities are allocated. They're aiming towards having hundreds show up at City Hall on Sept. 12, at the City Council's first public hearing on the budget.

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St. Pete has $10 million budget gap, may charge fire service fee to close it listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Pete City Council is considering whether to impose a fee on properties to pay for the city’s fire services. On Thursday, council will vote on whether to implement the suggestion proposed by Mayor Bill Foster in order to avoid cutting city services. City Council member Steve Kornell voted against the measure on first reading in June, but it advanced anyway.

“It bothered me – especially as a social worker – that now we’re going to say this is a fair way to do it because grandma who li...

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The People's Budget Review in St. Petersburg and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

03/22/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll talk with Lou Brown of the St. Petersburg NAACP and Rick Smith of the Florida Public Services Union. They and a coalition of other groups are involved in opening up the St. Petersburg city budget process to more residents. To that end they are asking residents to fill out surveys that help identify what spending priorities they value most. The People's Budget Review. And later we'll t...

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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’s view...

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