Give city commissioners the same annual pay raise as other city employees. That’s the recommendation of a committee reviewing Lakeland’s city charter. Their goal: Avoid the rare — but sometimes huge — raises the commission votes for itself.
Up to 1,800 gallons of treated, disinfected wastewater was released into storm sewers on Lakeland Highlands Road this morning when a valve failed at the Glendale Wastewater Plant, the city of Lakeland announced. More
For the people pushing for a Lakeland strong mayor, it may be a case of “we don’t want to spoil the party so we won’t go.” Two spokesmen for Committee for a Strong Lakeland declined an invitation to make their case this afternoon to a committee appointed by the City Commission to make recommendations for revising the city charter.More
A “benchmark” study found spending-per-person was slightly lower than the average of seven comparison cities, but the number of employees per capita is on the high side.
Also from City Hall:
- After 15 months of falling fuel rates on electric bills, city commissioners decided to keep rates flat in October.
- They won’t be able to take a formal vote until they hold a public hearing, but city commissioners indicated Tuesday they plan to endorse Polk County’s ballot initiative to continue the half-cent sales tax supporting indigent health care.
A committee recommending changes to Lakeland’s city charter is going to take another look at whether the city should switch from a council-manager form to a strong mayor format.More
The Open Gov transparency tool lets residents delve into 10 years of city revenue and spending.
After hearing a report from their police chief today on why marijuana decriminalization is a bad idea, Lakeland city commissioners this morning decided to hold a public workshop to hear from all sides.More
The $4 million overage will come from capital improvement funds and won’t affect property taxes, officials said. They will pay for things like an enhanced fire suppression system and surprises uncovered during construction.