On Tuesday afternoon, I heard a presentation about Lakeland Electric’s new online outage map. Early this morning, I got to experience it in real life when a transformer blew in our neighborhood near Dobbins Park. More
What goes up can also come down. You might remember that city commissioners raised the base rate for Lakeland Electric customers last month. On Tuesday, they reduced the fuel charge for October through December. Bottom line: The “typical” residential customer using 1,000 kWh a month will see a 50-cent reduction in the electric portion of their monthly utility bill. More
Mayor Bill Mutz is convinced that four steps recommended by a local steering committee will significantly reduce homelessness in Lakeland. On Friday morning, he tried to convince his colleagues on the City Commission that the plan needs the city’s financial backing, but several of them questioned whether government should take the lead on the homeless issue. More
Mark Farrington, hired by the city of Lakeland as human resources and civil service director in 2014 after his predecessor left under a cloud, is on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, City Manager Tony Delgado acknowledged. It’s “mostly aimed at managerial responsibilities and managerial style, but I can’t go into detail on that with the investigation going on,” Delgado said.
In a session to plan next year’s city budget, Lakeland commissioners voted 5-2 to keep the property tax rate at $5.5644 for every $1,000 of taxable value. Commissioners Michael Dunn and Justin Troller dissented, saying the city should forego the extra 8 percent that tax rate will bring in because of rising property values. Mayor Bill Mutz, however, said, “It’s not super conservative, but I think it’s appropriate.” The city’s financial managers want to build up reserves against anticipated property tax declines next year caused by expected changes in the homestead exemption.
The effort to move a 108-year-old Confederate monument from the center of Munn Park passed another benchmark today. Lakeland’s Historic Preservation Board Design Review Committee voted unanimously to approve the city’s request to move the monument. More
Mayor Bill Mutz is getting proactive in the effort to raise private funds to move the Confederate statue from Munn Park to Veterans Park. Declaring “most people are waiting for an initiative,” he sent letters to 350 potential donors last week to get that initiative going. More
- A report from the city’s preservation expert recommending they approve the request to move the 108-year-old monument to Veterans Park.
- A larger audience than they’ve probably ever encountered.
Lakeland city commissioners today agreed to sell 2.3 acres to the developers of Bonnet Springs Park and hire a consultant to help land a major airline at Lakeland Linder Airport. View a summary of today’s action through social media posts: More