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.
Unlike earlier versions, the latest proposal — subject to a public hearing in September — does not include fees for landlords unless violations occur.
The group pushing for a strong mayor in Lakeland thought they’d be hearing back from city officials soon after they filed documents last week that said they are ready to begin collecting signatures to put their proposal on an election ballot.
They found out today they’ll likely not hear anything from the city until after they collect and submit more than 6,000 signatures from registered voters.More
It was a busy day at City Hall as commissioners spent all day discussing issues affecting next year’s budget. Among other news:
TAXES: Next year’s property tax rate will remain at the same level as this year’s
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS: In a split described as amicable, Fresco’s will no longer manage the restaurant/bar at the city golf course, which is transitioning from an “enterprise operation” to the parks department.
RENTAL REGISTRATION: In a move designed to make a planned crackdown on “bad landlords” palatable to more people, the city is removing a proposed fee on all rental properties, charging only owners found to have code violations.
After laying low for months, Citizens for a Strong Lakeland has filed the paperwork needed to begin collecting the 6,038 signatures needed to get a city charter featuring a strong mayor on an election ballot.
Years ago, audiences gathered around a bandstand in Munn Park for plays and concerts. A group that has remained anonymous so far would like to place an updated entertainment pavilion in the park, but there’s a likely hitch involving the Confederate monument in the center of the park.More
Lakeland city commissioners voted 6-1 today to donate a half-acre of city-owned land at the corner of Main and Massachusetts to Catapult Lakeland to be used for parking when the business incubator moves to the former Cash Feed building nearby.More
Should the city of Lakeland donate undeveloped land at the northeast corner of Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue to the Lakeland Economic Development Center’s Catapult business incubator? That question dominated a City Commission agenda study session Friday, with Commissioner Justin Troller suggesting the city hold on to the property and let Catapult use it but city administrators saying the land deal has always been part of the city’s partnership on the business incubator project.More