SARASOTA COUNTY – Ed Smith will be getting a facelift after the Sarasota County Commission approves a budget for repairs on the stadium named in his honor.
The Commission also gave initial approval of an unchanged property tax rate, along with nearly $5 million to repair Ed Smith Stadium. The commission approved a steady property tax rate for the coming fiscal year. The current rate has been in place since 2013.
The budget sets aside $2.6 million to the city of Sarasota to settle a years–long dispute over a debt to the defunct Community Redevelopment Agency.
The board approved a $1.24 billion budget and a $303 million general fund budget.