The Point, Dec. 18, 2019: Gainesville City Officials Worried About Budget Hole That A New State Bill Could Create


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• Gainesville city government’s budget faces a serious threat from a new bill in the Florida House that would redirect tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue from its utility. (WUFT News)

• The next step in Ocala’s strange special election story will come Friday morning in a special meeting about when the city could legally decide to hold it. In other city news, the new city council next year will need to hire a city manager. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Gainesville city commissioners are close to hiring a new city auditor. (WCJB)

• The decision over where to place Howard Bishop Middle School students while their school is under construction isn’t getting any easier for Alachua County school officials. (Gainesville Sun)

Marion County’s only charter high school closed in the middle of the school year. (WMFE)

• Cliff Stearns, the politician who represented this area in the U.S. House before Ted Yoho, has endorsed Judson Sapp to be Yoho’s successor. (Florida Politics)

The state’s tentative new toll road routes could be unveiled next month. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

• Two University of Florida professors are among the hundreds who signed a letter asking the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump. (Palm Beach Post)

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Around the state today

• By the end of this week, there should be a clearer picture of when the confessed Parkland shooter’s trial will take place. (WLRN)

• Military members aren’t permitted to carry weapons on U.S. bases, and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants that to change after the shooting in Pensacola. (Florida Politics)

• The state’s two top legislative leaders are in disagreement over whether Florida should spend taxpayer dollars to market its benefits. (News Service of Florida)

• In another more local tourism controversy, Orange County commissioners approved spending $125 million to help Universal Orlando build a road for its new theme park. (Orlando Sentinel)

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• Business: Judge Approves PG&E $24.5 Billion Plan For Wildfire Victims And Insurance Companies

• Politics: In A Scathing Letter, Trump Blasts Pelosi And Impeachment Proceedings

About today’s curator

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