Welcome to

Capitol News Service

Florida's Best Political Television Coverage


Visit the Lobby Tools Website


Visit Legislative IQ Website


Recent Posts



RSS Capitol News LIVE

RSS Quote of the Day

  • George Washington
    "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
  • Ausonius
    "Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself."
  • Jim Rohn
    "It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go."
  • Oswald Chambers
    "The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone."

Emergency Services Cuts

October 17th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Local fire and emergency units are at the Capitol lobbying to be saved from property tax cuts. Many of the states fire district rely almost exclusively on property taxes and spokesmen Ron Beasley of the Palm Beach County Fire and Rescue Squad says if lawmakers dont exempt them from the cuts, residents could suffer.

As a result of the last three percent cuts that we received, weve gotten extremely lean. Weve cut out all the extra stuff. We had a new growth, essentially is what were talking about for extra stuff. And we dont have a lot of room for extra cuts. Weve got some amendments going with the two chambers that would exclude the Independent special districts and special districts who are almost 100 percent or are highly dependent on taxes from effects of most of these cuts.

Beasley was asked what would happen if the efforts didn’t succeed? Were going to have some serious impacts on our firefighters, on the level of service for the citizens, and the level of safety all around. He says.

So far, lawmakers are concentrating on the big picture and have not addressed how or if the special districts should be spared.

Posted in State News | No Comments »

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

copyright © 2016 by Capitol News Service | Powered by Wordpress | Hosted by LyonsHost.com