This year, we are developing the budget for fiscal year 2016 with optimism. Our economy shows several signs of sustained improvement. For example, tourist development tax collections continue to set historical records, airport passenger growth is approaching all-time highs, development review activity is nearly twice as high as two years ago, building permits and inspections are demonstrating sustained growth, the real estate market continues to improve and sales tax revenues are showing modest growth.
With these positive signs pointing to an upturn in our economy, we commit ourselves to “doing things” that serve the public by prioritizing and delivering core county services to bring a higher level of service to our citizens. We are building constructive relationships with our partners throughout Pinellas County for the benefit of all. We support the hard work of our employees, who are dedicated to public service. By working with our citizens, community partners and dedicated staff, our community can reap the greatest rewards of a renewed economy while continuing on the path of sustainable fiscal responsibility.
It is in this spirit of optimism, cooperation and community that the budget for fiscal year 2016 is being developed. You are encouraged to participate in the process by attending one of our public budget hearings, submitting your comments and ideas through this website or via mail.
Your Board of County Commissioners and dedicated staff are working hard to deliver quality services with an approach that will sustain us into the future.