Martin voters asked for two tax increases for schools

From WPTV: “Martin County Commissioners approved the ballot language for two tax proposals sought by the school district. If both proposals fail, School board chair Christia Li Roberts says the district may be able to get by for a year, then big cuts to things like arts, music and athletics could be coming … Click here to read more

Must-read: No belt-tightening for Martin County, Commissioners begin budget hearings today

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “MC Commissioners begin budget hearings at 9:00 a.m. today. As Ronald Reagan famously said: ‘We could say the government spends like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to the drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.’ … Click here to read more

WPTV: Fed up residents speak out at Martin County algae meeting

“Martin County Commissioners Tuesday voted to draft a declaration of disaster in the wake of massive algae blooms fouling the Indian River Lagoon. At an emergency meeting Tuesday morning, multiple residents passionately spoke about losing patience over the crisis … Click here to read more

Martin County to challenge FDFC’s approval of All Aboard bond sale

From The Palm Beach Post: “Martin County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to file a legal appeal challenging a state board’s decision to allow All Aboard Florida to sell $1.75 billion in tax exempt bonds to help pay for the private rail project … Click here to read more

Business Development Board content to stockpile $612,500 + from Martin County taxpayers

Business Development Board Chair Ed Weinberg told Martin County Commissioners earlier this week that the BDB has no plans for the excess funds …The financials produced at today’s meeting show the amount stockpiled has increased to over $612,000.00 in taxpayer funds that have been amassed by the BDB for undisclosed purposes. … Click here to read more

Witham Airport Action Majority Alert: WAAM President urges residents to respond immediately

David Shore, President of the Witham Airport Action Majority (WAAM), explains that “whenever we have new commissioners elected and about to be seated, the airport special interests get ramped up and we see a flurry of attempts to get long term leases approved at the airport…At this late date it is always difficult to rally the troops which is why in my opinion we get such late notices, but you can help out and email the BCC to register your opposition…” … Click here to read more