MANATEE — Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker is recommending the county levy a business license fee to raise funds for county economic development programs.
Hunzeker unveiled the proposal during a workshop meeting this morning during which commissioners got a first look at his proposed $497 million budget for 2009-10.
Hunzeker is proposing the county spend $33.7 million less than the current budget.
Faced with declining revenue because of the economic downturn and taxpayer revolt, Hunzeker proposed cutting several programs and eliminating 82 positions.
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The commissioners scheduled several more workshops over then next two weeks, with a public hearing on the proposed budget on June 18.