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‘Crunch time’ looms on 2015 budget

When Baker County commissioners meet Thursday afternoon for a final budget workshop they will have two hours to make some tough decisions about how to arrive at a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014-15 before heading into the first public hearing on the new budget and taxes at 6 p.m.

Among the key questions are:

• Will property taxes have to be raised and, if so, by how much? The current budget proposal reflects a $1.1 million deficit and calls for a 14 percent tax increase, though commissioners now are leaning toward half that or smaller. Read More »

LPA to tackle ‘nuts, bolts’ of new zoning code

A major rewrite of Baker County’s zoning code, which was shelved last year after a controversy erupted over sand mining, could be another year away from completion now that a zoning advisory panel has been tasked with a more extensive review of the code. Read More »

Budget showing a surplus in Glen

While county government continues to struggle with $1 million-plus deficits, and the City of Macclenny pares its expenses in anticipation of massive utility repairs in the near future, the Town of Glen St. Mary anticipates taking in more revenue in fiscal 2015 than it spends.

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