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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - August 18, 1977, Venice, FloridaCoast gondoliers Tho Volvo of Tho South county a vol. 33, no. 63 a 34 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Telephone 813 484-2611 thursday August 18,1977 published twice weekly Price 10c budget balances tax hike avoided boosted by an unexpected Windfall of $124,000 in franchise fees from Florida Power amp Light up amp Venice City Council moved confidently this week to a balanced budget and headed off what most considered a certain tax increase. The final total budget will be $5.6 million about $100,000 less than the amount proposed by City manager Dale Rieth. The general fund account will total $3.1 million. City comptroller Bill Kearn and councilman Eugene Caffrey discovered late Friday that the expected Revenue projected from up amp a franchise fees were drastically underestimated because they did not take into account the tremendous Rise in electrical rates. Since the franchise fee is based on a percentage of up amp los Gross collections from Venice residents the City got a substantial increase in Revenue when the new rates went into effect last month. Kern estimated the City will receive $49,000 More than was projected in this budget year and $75,000 More than was placed in the budget for the upcoming year. The result was that the $44,669 deficit the Council faced Only last week was annihilated and there was plenty left Over to put in the Reserve. Despite the Windfall revenues the Council did not decide to give everyone in the City a big raise. Instead it began its second department by department review of the budget and made still More cuts to what some in the City consider a Bare Bones budget. The Only major new expenditure approved was a $5,000 donation to the Venice area Public Library for its planned expansion. A request for an administrative assistant for the City manager who would double As Airport manager was narrowly rejected by the Council despite a last minute endorsement by mayor Harry Case. The new Man would have Cost $13,000 a year. Twelfth hour requests for extra men in the police and fire departments were also rejected by Council As being too costly but the City agreed to hire two More men in the refuse department. School budget includes Art music . Funding by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer following what was probably the shortest Public hearing in its history the Sarasota county school Board tuesday night adopted a $36.2 million budget for 1977-78. The audience raised nary a Peep As Board members prepared to vote on the voluminous document which includes a tax rate of 8.196 Mills for the operating budget. The approved millage represents a two percent decrease from last years 8.36 figure. Revenue allocated by the state for the next school year amounts to $13.5, or nearly $3 million More than was appropriated for the 1976-77 budget. Despite the additional state moneys school Board officials anticipate they will have to run a tight ship to keep expenditures within the receipt level. They expect inflated Utility costs and a $1.74 million teacher salary rate hike to eat up most of the added funds. In fact teacher salaries represent the greatest single expenditure with $14.8 million budgeted for next school year. There was considerable discussion about the City a new pay plan for its employees with some charging that it does not provide competitive salaries in some Job positions. But in the end Council reaffirmed the plan. Its Only Concession was to review the base salaries every two years and adjust them to the level of inflation. The millage rate for the coming year will be the 6.8 Mill level certified by Sarasota county property appraiser John Mikos. And will mean that each resident will pay $6.80 for each $1,000 of assessed property value. The level is slightly higher than last years rate. At the end of a Day a this picture postcard the Sun sets scene is one that can be seen almost daily during residents the summer Here in Venice. Fishing off the jetty As is a favorite pastime of Many photo by Koelsch new Home for Sun coast gondolier Board members also approved an enriched program which will provide funds for the hiring of additional Art music and physical education . Instructors in the county a elementary schools. The program which was recommended by superintendent of schools Gene Pillot and is based on suggestions made by a specially created task Force will be funded from the Reserve account and from the retirement coffer. Several weeks ago the school Board received a petition signed by More than 11,000 people who were unhappy with students Lack of exposure to Art music and . A Pillot told Board members the $247,500 they approved to finance the expanded program might be further supplemented by Ceta comprehensive employment training act moneys. He noted that school officials have submitted an application for $90,000 to the local Ceta office and indicated approval would mean an allocation for instrumental music instruction in the elementary schools. Pillott a recommendations also included the appropriation of $100,000 for additional support continued on Page 2 plans to begin construction of a presently located at 320 . 41 new office and printing Plant for by pass. The Sun coast gondolier and the site plans Call for erection of gondolier Sun coast times the new building on the Intra were announced this week by coastal waterway Side of the publisher Derek Dunn Rankin. Property with employee and the 8300 Square foot Concrete customer parking Between the Block building will be erected on new Plant and the existing office property purchased this week at building that was the surveying the Corner of East Miami Avenue office. And Florida Street adjacent to the existing building of about the intr coastal waterway. The 1.500 Square feet on the front of land was purchased from Venice the property will be leased Surveyor Dick Sutton. A probably As professional office architect George Palermo space a a Dunn Rankin said. Aia of Sarasota has been the Sun coast gondolier commissioned to develop plans building will be Large enough to for the building which will allow for additional press units to feature an attractive facade and be purchased and put in place As landscaping. The need arises according to the Sun coast gondoliers new Dunn Rankin. Provision has been Home will be Only one Block East made for the storage of Over one of its former location on Miami Hundred tons of newsprint. Avenue. The newspaper office is the Purchase of a new Harris offset press for the Plant was concluded last week. Delivery of my Fla Iai Imu the press is expected to coincide a Quot a Luc Luuy with the completion of the build churches p 14-15 eng later this year. Viii Ilvy a a a a a a a a a i a my of a la a 1, 10 on office will feature a Large classified in Zug 0pen area for news Advertis fishing18 ing business and composition Flea Market 32 departments of the papers. 1 of the Sun coast gondolier the i Horoscope. Gondolier Englewood and North letters 4 p0rt Sun coast times news obituaries. 3-26 papers and the new port Richey real estate. 20 thru 25 press and West pasc0 Green. Sheet will All be printed in the social news8-9 new Plant. The services Are now sports 10 being provided by three different tides 29 area printers. Airport meeting today the Uncertain future of the Venice Airport May be finally decided today thursday when the City Council meets to discuss leases with the fixed base operators of boy Snow operating there. Several of the leases with the of boy a have already expired and the others Are nearing expiration Road Bridge should begin soon construction of a new Road and Bridge connecting East Venice Avenue and Ridewood Avenue should begin in october and be completed by the end of the year City Engineer ted Yeatts said this week. The project which has Long been a concern of the Council and the residents of Bay indies Mobile Home Park will go to bid this week Yeatts said. The purpose of the new Road and Bridge is to allow residents of Bay indies and colonial Manor a safer route into the City. They must now enter Venice at the hazardous intersection of Ridgewood ave. And the . 41 bypass where a Steep embankment makes it difficult to see oncoming traffic. The new route will allow those residents to enter the City by East Venice Avenue and Cross the bypass where there is a traffic Light. The 300-foot Road and Bridge connector will be built at an estimated Cost of $70,000, with the county paying approximately half that amount. The City Council approved the joint project and allocated Money for it several months ago. The project will consist of a 40-foot wide Road with a Culvert Type Bridge Over Hatchett Creek. An eight foot grass median will separate the lanes at the Bridge crossing. Yeatts said the City will wait about a month before awarding the contract and estimated the project would take 90 Days to Complete unless there Are delays in getting materials. So it is up to the Council to decide How it is going to negotiate new agreements with the leaseholders. The Council has been reluctant to set policy on the leases in the past few weeks and has continually delayed the matter. But As the deadline for finalizing the budget for the Airport nears the officials have found they must make some decisions. One of the big questions facing the leaseholders is whether Council will agree to Long term leases and thus allow for further development by the of boy a or Only allow Short term leases. Another question the Council is expected to Deal with is Why the of boy a have refused to go along with an ordinance passed Over a year ago establishing tie Down fees at the Airport. The City was hoping to generate additional Revenue for the Airport fund with these fees but the of boy a refused to go along with them. The ordinance does not require that the fees be collected by the of boy sunless they wish to participate in the program. Continued on Page 3 a we expect to erect a building that will be attractive and functional and allow for the growth of our papers a Dunn Rankin said. A we Hope to have a building in which both our employees and the Community can take some five Venice and Sarasota contractors have been invited to bid on the construction of the Plant and office. The property is currently zoned commercial Industrial by the City and under the proposed a a new code would be similar zoning which meets the requirements for newspaper offices and printing facilities. The building land and press will be owned by Lindsay Schaub Florida inc., which will lease the facilities to the Sun coast gondolier inc. Shasta wins again the four Day Competition of the National finals of the All american girl pageant teen division found South county teen Shasta Story shining through As one of the finalists running against 41 girls aged 13-17. Miss Story was named second runner up in this final and highest Elevation of the series of competitions. Her list of wins is growing and the prizes awarded her As a result of her performances Are mounting. Latest in the whirl of gifts is a scholarship to the new York Academy of theatrical arts which miss Story won in the june 9-12 National Southland pageant held at Disney world. In this current and most recent Competition miss Story was asked what her ambition was by the judges and she responded a to be a professional dancer and Quot she a been told by her dance teachers that Arizona state University has Good dance teachers a her Mother mrs. Shasta Story Frank Evans said of her daughters ambitions to be a dancer. The categories in which miss Story competed were each weighted with 25 Points to continued on Page 2 charter to be strengthened by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier staff writer the Sarasota county commission tuesday pointed a disapproving Finger at the county charter saying the document is too loosely written and instructing that Steps be taken to revise it. Commissioners agreed that the charter review Board attorney and county attorney Dick Nelson should meet to examine the six year old charter and make recommendations As to How it can be improved. The attorneys suggestions will be studied by their respective boards which will then meet to make commonly agreeable changes in t he document. Led by chairman Beverly Clay commissioners expressed their belief that the charter needs Quot stronger More binding words so it will hold up under a we Are not in any Way trying to change the intent of the charter Quot mrs. Clay said a we merely want to improve and strengthen she later blamed loopholes in the document for the court s recent ruling that county commissioners Are constitutional officers subject to financial disclosure Laws. The charter provides for a dec institutionalization of com Mission but when members of the Board used that provision As Legal ground to keep continued on Page 3 r 1 weather High Low rain aug. 11 91 72 .55 aug. 12 91 68 1.50 aug. 13 86 67 2.95 aug. 14 85 72 .10 aug. 15 88 74 .03 aug. 16 92 73 .90 aug. 17 93 73 .00 Ujj rain for the week 6.03 i rain for the month. 9.21 i rain for the year. 28.48 i temperatures and rainfall Are i recorded at 8 a m daily on the i 1 dates shown for the preceding i 24 hour period j

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