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AM heading for MCSO showdown

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby told commissioners at their Aug. 21 budget work session he has no intention of approving the proposed $2.3 million city budget until differences are resolved between the city and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria substation regarding the sheriff’s contract to provide law enforcement to the city.

City officials believe MCSO deputies should do more code enforcement, but Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the MCSO-Anna Maria substation, has said his deputies are investigating such complaints and issuing notices for noise ordinances, although he claimed this is above the duty required by the contract.

A meeting of all parties was originally planned for this week, but Selby said Sheriff Brad Steube wanted to wait until after the Republican National Convention in Tampa as the MCSO is on call for backup.

Selby said the conference would be scheduled as soon as possible after the convention, but before Sept. 11, the date of the first public hearing on the budget.

At issue is whether the city’s $675,000 contract for MCSO law enforcement services in the city calls for deputies to enforce Anna Maria codes.

Scheduled to attend the private meeting are Selby, Steube, Turner, city attorney Jim Dye, MCSO attorney Michelle Hall and Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb.

“I will not sign the budget until I know what we are paying for” in the MCSO contract, Selby assured the commission.

The $2.3 million budget calls for a millage rate of 2.05, the same as last year’s budget.

Commissioners agreed to schedule the first public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

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