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Supervisors Approve Budget, New Crosswalk at AMSCD Meeting

The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District board of supervisors approved the budget for the next fiscal year at a meeting Tuesday which moved along quickly and smoothly under new rules and procedures. The supervisors thanked retiring supervisor Herbert Cambridge for his six years of service on the board. (Above, Mr. Cambridge, left, with board chairman Tom Peek, standing)

The budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 had no major changes from the current budget, and there will be no change in the non ad valorem assessments for residents. The district assessments appearing on the county tax bills to be mailed this fall will be $1,258.37 for a single-family home and $978.37 for a townhome, condo or villa.

At the start of the meeting, Board Chairman Tom Peek reviewed new procedures for participation from audience members. The procedures are intended to have more orderly meetings after a number of disruptions at previous sessions.

The procedures provide a time for public comment on all agenda items in a manner that supervisor Liesa Priddy said would try "to emulate to some degree how Collier County commissioners meetings are run."

Audience members cannot just ask miscellaneous questions at any time," Mrs. Priddy said.

Members of the public who wish to speak at board meetings now must fill out comment cards for each agenda item on which they wish to speak and each comment or question will be limited to four minutes. Comments and questions must relate to business of the district.  "Public comments related to non-district matters will not be considered," Mr. Peek said.

The purpose of the board was displayed at the meeting, saying it is "to provide community development systems, facilities, services, projects and improvements and infrastructure to property within the community."

In addition to approving the budget, supervisors also approved spending up to $18,000 for a new crosswalk that would be built across Annunciation Circle south of the oratory where there is a pedestrian passage between two buildings. Supervisors also agreed to continue the practice of holding meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, with exceptions for the months of July, August and September, 2011. The July meeting is moved to July 12 to accommodate the Fourth of July holiday, the September meeting is moved to Sept. 13 to accommodate the Labor Day holiday and the August meeting is moved to Aug. 9 to provide enough time between the July meeting and the August meeting for consideration of the proposed budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The board presented supervisor Herbert Cambridge with  a certificate of appreciation for his six years of service. Mr. Cambridge's term is expiring and he had announced his intention to leave the board.

An election to fill Mr. Cambridge's seat as well as two other expiring terms will take place at the Nov.  1 meeting.


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