Mayor reports on state of city

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger earlier this month issued his annual report for the city’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.

        “Our residents should be pleased to know that for the first time in the 62-year history of our city, we have had no tax increase in four consecutive years,” he said.

        He also reported:

        ∙ The city is debt free, and maintains a reserve of restricted and non-restricted funds.

        ∙ A new public works building was funded by motor fuel taxes that “we all pay at the pump.”

        ∙ Also paid with funds from the fuel tax revenue, the city resurfaced 10 percent of its roadways.

        ∙ Florida Department of Transportation installed sidewalks on the north and south sides of Manatee Avenue, and on the west side of East Bay Drive.

        ∙ Florida Forest Service provided a $18,350 grant to plant trees at Kingfish Boat Ramp.

        • The city completed its first phase of the stormwater project in the 62nd Street area, and then saved costs by moving directly to Phase 2. The cost of the drainage improvements needed to meet federal mandates was split between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the city with funding from the stormwater utility fund.

        ∙ Infrastructure improvements were made at the 63rd Street boat ramp and a footbridge connecting the city park to the trail system to the south.

        ∙ A pavilion was constructed in the city field.

        Going forward, Bohnenberger noted projects slated for the current 2011-2012 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, will include replacing city-owned docks in two canals and drainage improvements in the area of 39th Street and Gulf Drive.

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