Water, rates permeate city/county workshop

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:52 AM.

City Commissioner Bill Kennedy added, “We need to stress the economic impact of a sports complex. I don’t know the numbers but they are huge.”

Smiley said while he did not oppose the new complex, per se, he said the city and county should be looking at improving existing facilities, such as Nathan Peters Park in his district, before considering the cost of a sports complex.

He said Honeyville Park was a perfectly suitable complex if extra ball fields were placed there.

“Every topic we have here tonight is about not having enough money,” Smiley said. “We have to adjust to what is going on.”

That led to an issue Smiley has raised in the past, consolidating the police department and Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, the Building Department, Code Enforcement and other duplication of efforts by county and city.

Magidson said Smiley had raised the law enforcement issue before and indications were that the savings would be minimal at best.

The tension increased as Smiley pressed about water bills which have been raised three times in the past four years.

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