Leon County Commission Meeting

The EDC's purpose: create high wage jobs, retain local businesses and help them grow. They heard a review of the council's operations and procedures, making sure taxpayer money is dedicated only to enhancing economic development.

Commissioners accepted the report. Now it’s a matter of negotiating a contract with the EDC, which must get final board approval.

Also, the first public hearing on the proposed millage rates and the annual budget. Commissioner bill proctor saying he will vote against the county's proposed budget, protesting what he calls "the racial hiring practices of both the public defender and state attorney." One more public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday’s regular meeting. A vote will follow.

Commissioners also deciding that the more than one million dollar budget surplus will go to the Bond Community Health Center over the next three years for women’s' health concerns. Commissioner Cliff Thaell says the deciding factor was a study showing Leon County has a higher infant mortality rate than the state average.

And commissioners say there's a lot we can learn in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Each took a moment to thank the Red Cross, Volunteer Leon, and County Emergency Management for their efforts. But the commissioners add it's time we get to work on ways we can prevent a similar tragedy here. Among the issues was getting people who don't have transportation out of the area and developing a communications strategy.