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Council OKs fund balance allocation
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SEMINOLE – The Seminole City Council authorized a budget amendment at its March 11 meeting to allocate the remaining fiscal year 2013 fund balance and increase the accounts of several city departments for capital projects.

The funds – $628,790 – will be transferred to the accounts of the Charter, Administration, Community Development, Public Works and Fire Rescue Departments.

This redistribution of funds is “in accordance with City Council goals, current year funding needs, as well as [Capital Improvement Plan] allocations,” said City Manager Frank Edmunds.

The ordinance will pay ahead $165,026 into the fiscal year 2016 CIP budget.

“So we’re actually ahead of ourselves by several years,” Edmunds said. “It’s a method we have used for several years now. It’s allowed us to continue our municipal operations and not have to raise property taxes as a result.”

Administration will get $100,000 for citywide branding and public art, both on the council’s list of seven-year goals. Public Works will receive $150,000 for waterfront development, also on the list of goals, as well as $63,000 for professional services, $46,911 for pavement upgrades and new sidewalks, $14,000 for tennis court resurfacing, $3,000 for a johnboat for aquatic repairs, and $17,000 for a computerized work order system. Seminole Fire Rescue will receive $23,878 for training, and the Recreation Division will receive $5,975 for safety lighting.

This is the second of a two-part process initiated at the beginning of this year, Edmunds added. At that time, $295,100 from the 2013 fiscal year fund balance was redistributed to various city accounts.

In other action items, the council:

• agreed to sponsor St. Petersburg College’s 4th annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition set for April 22. The city will contribute $1,000 to the event, which is a competition for business and entrepreneur program students.

“It encourages those who have an interest in developing a career in business and is something that is a benefit to our community,” Edmunds said.

Councilor Jim Quinn added, “It’s so important to our city to have a college campus in our city. It’s an asset you can’t buy. The $1,000 is well worth being spent.”

The city also sponsored the competition last year.

• authorized Mayor Leslie Waters to prepare and send a letter to the Pinellas County Legislative delegation in support of a request to establish state designation of Park Boulevard from U.S. Highway 19 west to Gulf Boulevard as Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young Memorial Highway.
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