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Orlando Mayor Dyer: "Orlando is in the
best financial shape of any major city in Florida."
Orlando, FL - Monday, July 25, 2011 – Today, Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual budget address to residents,
business owners and community leaders gathered at City Hall. The annual
budget address is an opportunity for the Mayor to reflect on the fiscal
management of the City and set the course for the upcoming year.
“For more than two years now, we have rolled up our sleeves every day to
make the difficult but necessary decisions that have reduced the size of
our government and allowed us to live within our means,” said Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Like every other local government in Florida, Orlando has had to endure
several years of dramatically-reduced revenues due to the effects of the
national recession. In response to the economic downtown, the City
reduced its recurring expenses, reduced or eliminated services and
fulfilled a commitment to reducing the size of government with the only
new spending going toward police and fire protection. The City also
achieved balanced budgets during this time without raising taxes.
This careful planning has kept Orlando on firm financial footing through
the toughest days of the recession and into this early period of
recovery. Because of this work, the City will be able to craft a balance
budget with no major additional reductions to services or programs in
the 2011/2012 budget. More importantly, under Mayor Buddy Dyer’s
leadership, the City will again be able to balance its budget in
2011/2012 without raising taxes.
“I want our residents to see where their money goes, why that spending
is important to our City and how it provides a benefit to them,” said
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I want our residents to be proud that they
live in a well-run, fiscally responsible city that is as careful with a
dollar as they are.”
Two public hearings on the proposed 2011/2012 budget will be held on
September 12 and September 19 respectively at Orlando City Council
Chambers. After the second public hearing the Orlando City Council will
adopt the 2011/2012 budget and millage rate.