The Leon County Commission meeting started on a high note with members from V.E.T. Inc. presenting a plaque to show their appreciation to Leon County for being the first financial donor of the 2010 Veterans Day Parade.
President Joe West said without the funds, they wouldn't have been able to get the parade off the ground.
Then it was down to business. Approval to use 215 thousand dollars more of Leon County's "Bed Tax" for the development of a multimillion-dollar performing arts center passed six to 1- but not before a hot debate.
Kristin Dozier, County Commissioner says,"We need to be responsible not just to the donors to the performing arts center but also to the tax payers who are contributing to this."
Bill Proctor - the one dissenting vote - says the performing arts center, which is set to border Gaines, Bronough and Duval streets, is not the best use of the Bed Tax which was set up to draw in tourists.
Former commissioner Cliff Thaell also requested reimbursement for the thousands of dollars he racked up in attorney's fees fighting ethics complaints while seeking re-election.
Thaell sought nearly 5 grand for the county to pay his lawyers, who cost 400 bucks an hour.
County Attorney Herb Thiele pointed out a 2003 policy that allots commissioners 175 an hour toward legal expenses. Commissioners voted 7 to 0 to uphold the policy and only pay Thaell 22 hundred dollars.
Commissioners also requested to revisit the the 2003 policy allotting 175 per hour for attorney fees to make sure it is consistent with today's fees.
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