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Pensacola News Journal

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan appeals budget to governor

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is taking his budget fight with the county to Gov. Rick Scott. County Attorney Alison Rogers told commissioners at the end of Thursday night's meeting the county had been served with Morgan's budget appeal. The appeal came at no surprise as Morgan said he would file an appeal with the governor if the county commission did not begin to address pay compression within his office.

Orlando Sentinel

Editorial: Tallahassee plots a coup against local governments

Miami-Dade County leaders borrowed $400 million in 2009 to finance a baseball stadium for the Miami Marlins. Projections indicate the tab for county taxpayers to pay off the debt with interest could reach $2.4 billion. This isn’t a subsidy — it’s a stick-up. But a bad deal — even a spectacularly bad one — made by leaders in one county eight years ago doesn’t justify yet another bid by state legislators to drain power and authority from locally elected leaders throughout Florida.

The Villages Daily Sun

County Building Permits Surging Upward

Construction growth took a strong upturn in Sumter County during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30. Growth in the Village of Fenney, along with some fill-in development in a few other Villages neighborhoods, primarily accounted for the gain. The county’s Planning Department issued 1,527 residential building permits over that 12-month period with a value of about $428 million, Development Services Director Karl Holley said. In comparison, the county department issued 1,061 residential building permits, with a value of about $321 million, in fiscal-year 2015-16, he said.