July 13 , 2007 edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Manager presents budget
Video On Demand now available!
CHOICES brochure now in Spanish
Transfer Station closed for two days
CHOICES seeks RFP
What’s on Alachua County Talks?
Commission Meeting Highlights
Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

 

County Manager presents budget

On Tuesday July 10, 2007 at 1:30 p.m., Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid presented his Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) and Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09) to the Alachua Board of County Commissioners in the Commission Chambers in the County Administration Building in Gainesville.

The Budget presentation was recorded on video and is available on the County’s new Video On Demand webpage on the County website in the Special Meeting box.

In speaking of the FY08 and FY09 Tentative Budget Mr. Reid said, “This year’s budget message theme is Sustaining County Services in an Era of Property Tax Reform. Over the next two fiscal years of FY08 and FY09 our efforts will revolve around the actions we will need to undertake to sustain the County’s organizational capacity to provide core services and build new infrastructure in the face of mandated property tax relief legislation and what I consider the erosion of home rule.”

To read Manager Reid’s entire Budget Message click here:

FY08_County_Manager_Budget_Message.pdf

To view the FY08 Tentative Budget and the FY09 Planned Budget click here:

http://www.alachuacounty.us/assets/uploads/images/omb/FY2008Tentative_FY2009PlannedBudget.pdf

For more information, contact the Communications Office at (352) 374-5226.

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Video On Demand now available!

No matter where viewers may be, access to the Internet now equals access to important meetings and programming through Alachua County Video On Demand.

With the help of San Francisco-based Granicus, Alachua County is making its television programming available online at the County website at: http://alachua.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3.

This programming was previously available only to residents of Alachua County who subscribe to Cox Cable. Both live events and archived events are available.

Speaking of Alachua County Video On Demand County Manager Randall H. Reid said, “Being able to provide accurate and timely information to citizens and employees is very important to Alachua County government and this Commission. Alachua County Video On Demand gives more citizens than ever access to their County government.”

For more information on Alachua County Video On Demand, call Alachua County Communications Coordinator Mark Sexton at (352) 374-5226.

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CHOICES brochure now in Spanish

Alachua County is excited to announce the new CHOICES brochure, which describes the CHOICES Health Services program to potential qualified candidates, is now available in Spanish. Alachua County is a diverse community, and Spanish language brochures may be more effective in reaching our Spanish community. Ana Araoz of the County Manager’s office translated the English brochure to Spanish, and the County’s CHOICES team produced them.

CHOICES Health Services is a program designed to provide health care for workers in Alachua County who do not have health insurance. Health care services are available throughout the County in existing clinics, medical, and dental offices. Enrollees pay a $10.00 co-pay for each health care visit and a $5.00 co-pay for each covered prescription filled.

For more information about CHOICES Call (352) 264-6772 or go to www.acCHOICES.com.

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Transfer Station closed for two days

Due to needed repairs, the Alachua County Transfer Station at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park will be closed to the public on Saturday, August 4, 2007. The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center area of the environmental park will remain open.

The Transfer Station will re-open at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2007.

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CHOICES seeks RFP

The CHOICES Program (an acronym for Community Health Offering Innovative Care and Educational Services) of Alachua County’s Community Support Services department is seeking proposals from companies for Education and Wellness Management Services. The deadline for submitting proposals is Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

The RFP document outlining the proposal and details for receiving documents may be obtained through the following:

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners encourages participation of Small Business Enterprises (SBEs).

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What’s on Alachua County Talks?

On the latest editions of Alachua County Talks, Alachua County’s Parks & Recreation/Open Space Superintendent Rob Avery discusses current topics regarding Alachua County’s parks. And Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) Director Roland Loog discusses various events facilitated by the VCB.

Alachua County Talks is shown on Community 12, Your Local Government Channel, so tune in. To view show times click here: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/depts/comm/schedule.aspx

You can also view archived episodes of Alachua County Talks at the County’s new Video On Demand webpage here: http://alachua.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

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Commission Meeting Highlights

Presentations, Proclamations and Recognitions

 

Constitutional Officers/Other Governmental Units

County Attorney

County Manager

Community Services Group

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Let’s All Get Involved - Alachua County Advisory Boards

The Alachua County Commission is committed to citizen involvement on its 33 advisory boards and is soliciting applications for the following vacancies:

Get Involved - Click here for an application: http://www.alachuacounty.us/government/bocc/advisoryboard.aspx

Applications are also available at the County Manager’s Office on the Second Floor of the County Administration Building, 12 SE 1st St., Gainesville. For more information, call (352) 264-6904.

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Thank you for your continued interest in County Government!

Community Update is produced by the County Manager's Communications Office.