Hillborough County to hash out final budget details

09/15/10 Kate Bradshaw
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This evening the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners is holding a public hearing on its budget for fiscal year 2011. The county faces a $65 million shortfall this year, mostly due to lagging property tax revenues. Earlier this year the commissioners were able to restore Arts Council funding, nix furlough days for the Environmental Protection Commission, and keep a popular Spanish-speaking liaison on staff in the planning department. But dozens of positions are still on the chopping block.

Assistant County Administrator Eric Johnson said that since the county is in year two of a biannual budget, most of the heavy lifting has already been done.

The county is holding a public hearing on the budget on the second floor of the Frederick B. Karl County Center in Downtown Tampa. The public is invited to weigh in.

The next hearing will be September 23, where the commissioners will adopt the county’s budget and property tax millage rate.

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