Pensacola City Council wants more say in LOST spending – Florida News

Pensacola City Council wants more say in LOST spending – Florida News

Kevin Robinson , krobinson4@pnj.com
Published 7:44 p.m. CT March 20, 2017 | Updated 7 hours ago

Pensacola City Council members met with city staff Monday to voice concerns they haven’t had enough input into how Pensacola will distribute $87 million dollars in tax revenue.

The council held a workshop to discuss the proposed allocation of Local Option Sales Taxes. LOST funds come from a voter-implemented 1-percent sales tax and are used to fund municipal services, such as roadway and drainage improvements, economic development projects and public safety facilities.

Mayoral staff have laid out a plan for implementing more than 100 LOST projects over the next 11 years, but some council members said their districts have been slighted in the current distribution. Earlier this month, the council voted to place a moratorium on committing LOST funds until the mayor and the council can agree on a final list of priorities.

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At Monday’s meeting, council members Sherri Myers and Jewel Cannada-Wynn detailed their personal LOST wishlists and asked City Administrator Eric Olson about the best way to have their priority projects added to the LOST plan.

Citing one of her priority projects that’s failed to gain traction — an initiative to build sidewalks to schools in the Burgess Road area — Myers asked, “How does a council person, if you don’t have a close relationship with the mayor, how do I get $1.6 million for Burgess Road? … Things get done not because the council gets them done, but because the mayor…

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