Citizens, council members concerned after Midway budget hearing

Citizens, council members concerned after Midway budget hearing
Posted at 10:27 PM, Sep 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-23 22:27:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Tensions ran high at the City of Midway's first public budget meeting Saturday.

The main topic of discussion at the budget meeting: Midway's millage rates. Many council members say they were unprepared to make a decision on a proposed millage rate increase and on the 2017-2018 budget as a whole because they weren't given the correct documents in time for the meeting.

"This happened [outside] of the Sunshine Act," said Council Member Ronald Colston. "I'm not accusing anybody of anything, I'm just saying I don't think this is the proper to do it like this. I think we want to do it proper we need to have a chance to review this."

A Midway resident WTXL spoke with says there was a lot of confusion and disagreement.

"The attorney read off some of the statute and shared with [council members] what they were supposed to do towards the beginning of the meeting. They were still trying to figure out how things should happen and to me that's a lack of knowledge according to the law," said Midway resident Nandrycka King Albert. "What's unfortunate is there's no consideration for the citizens of Midway."

You can see the proposed budget on the City of Midway's website.