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Offline Barb S

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Hillsborough County Public Hearing Report
« on: June 10, 2009, 06:04:56 PM »
The first public meeting regarding the proposed budget for Hillsborough County for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2009 was last Tuesday (June 9). Because of the huge attendance, people were directed to the 26th Floor where they could participate via monitors and video-audio feed to the 2nd Floor Board Room. It was an impassioned crowd and they applauded loudly (sometimes rowdily) each speaker's point.  Speakers presented comments for 2 minutes each until 9 pm.  Several groups were organized and signed up early to speak (first come, first speak).  Most represented were people supporting Office of Child Licensing (which is slated to be closed), after-school programs (Parks and Recreation), and Animal Services. Two speakers provided input regarding closures of regional parks, including comments by Jennifer Hollowell (SWAMP).  Of all the speakers only three, including Jennifer, specifically spoke about how County Commissioners need to explore other ways to generate revenue. Many spoke about the need to cut upperlevel administrators instead of people who deal directly with the public. Jennifer commented directly on the revenue generating potential of regional parks (parking fees, camping fees, canoe rentals, passes etc.) to off set the decrease in tax revenue.  Given the economic situation and the unlikelihood of an big influx of tax money, finding other ways to generate revenue might be critical to keeping the regional parks open without a huge reduction of services.  Next year, more cuts will come.  Because the County does not own Wilderness (Flatwoods, Morris Bridge, Trout Creek) or Edward Medard Park, these parks would be closed before others as a result of next year's round of cuts   If you have comments or suggestions, there are several avenues for public input. [/] Email:[/] [/]  Call: (813) 307-8337.[/] [/]  Attend: BOCC BOARD ROOM, 601 Kennedy Boulevard, County Center at 6 pm on the following dates: July 16, 2009, September 9, 2009, and September 17, 2009.[/]

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Re: Hillsborough County Public Hearing Report
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 07:09:45 PM »
I am wondering if they decide to remove the rangers from WT, would SWFMD close the trails? I doubt they would since they have other lands they own with trails on them open to the public without rangers posted. It may be that groups like SWAMP and others would have to step up even more to volunteer to patrol and keep up these areas if they decide to remove the rangers. I hope it does not come to that, but I surely hope they do not close the trails no matter what the county does.

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Re: Hillsborough County Public Hearing Report
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 07:41:07 PM »
Darrin is right. Swifty has a lot of land that they manage that is open to the public. Most of the ones I know of are low impact areas. WT seems to be fairly high use. How would the lack of personnel out there impact MTB'ing? I imagine trash pickup, security, trailwork, etc. would be huge challenges w/out rangers.
We picked up some lost revenue here with increased grants. It's shocking how much is available out there if you just go and get them. (Walmart, sam's, and Home Depot) I wonder if that has been looked at?
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Re: Hillsborough County Public Hearing Report
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009, 09:58:41 PM »
Someone could have suggested that the next time they decide to do something like spend several millon on a sidewalk/bordwalk for Hiway 92 from Falukenberg to almost MacIntosh Rd, is that really the best use of out taxes for the most amount of people.
I wonder how many poeple over the next 5 years will actually use that monstrocity?  Maybe 50?
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