Residents Weigh-In on Tallahassee Charter

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Monday night, some residents shared their opinions against consolidating services such as Parks and Recreation, saying they like them the way they are. The committee also discussed the consolidation of law enforcement with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, a move the Tallahassee Police Department says would not save money. However, Sheriff Larry Campbell says that there are conflicts with enforcement between the city and county jurisdictions.

A few residents commented on utilities as well, saying they should be run by an authority board and citizens should be more involved. Stephen Stuart, a Tallahassee resident said, "I think it would give us more political accountability if we had a board of citizens, engineers, accountants and professionals who could look over the utilities and ask very detailed and focused questions."

The committee says it will decide whether to take action on the discussions from Monday's public hearing in a few weeks. The committee decided Monday night that it would not take any votes on anything just yet.

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  • by Here we go again Location: Tallahassee on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    This is has been going on for decades. The story line is the same. A few are looking to gain power and NOT look out for the public good. Consolidation WILL cost more and services Will SUFFER. Look to any other place in Florida that has consolidated and you will see this to be true. The Sheriff says there are conflicts. Yet he will not help resolve them for the public good. This is because his budget will suffer. Why is his office and supporters always the ones driving the issue. The answer is POWER and MONEY - they want it. Be wise Tallahassee, look at the back story of the issues and those pushing the issue. Then make an INFORMED decsion.
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