County budget approval includes stadium repairs, steady tax rates


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.

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Don got his start in the television while working in production for the WWE in Connecticut, while also working overnights at WSTC 1400 News Radio. He moved to Florida to pursue a Master’s Degree while working in sales for the Miami Heat. Don got back in to radio after earning his degree by going to work for Sportsradio 560WQAM in Miami. He worked his way up to become a beat reporter for the Florida Marlins, then the Miami Heat, while also covering the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and Miami Dolphins. As he worked in radio, he became a reporter for a High School Sports television show on CBS4 in Miami. Don then went into TV full-time as a sports anchor/reporter at ABC 7 in Fort Myers for 4 years, and then at ABC 7 in Sarasota for 10 years. Don began at SNN in July of 2017. When he is not working he enjoys time with his two sons, Trey(13) and Logan(11), and two dogs, Mia and Venus.


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