Perhaps never before in recent history have Manatee County government officials put on a public hearing on the budget without charts and graphs.
But it happened Thursday night in Manatee County Commission chambers during the first public hearing on the 2013-14 budget.
The charts and graphs created for the hearing all included revenue from the hospital surtax, which did not pass in Tuesday's referendum, said County Administrator Ed Hunzeker. So those were not shown.
"We will come back with the new revenue stream at a later date," Hunzeker said.
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Commissioner Robin DiSabatino after the meeting said she was disappointed in the county budget presentation.
"I thought we would have parellel budgets, with a Plan A and a Plan B," DiSabatino said. "But we only had a Plan A. They were banking on the referendum passing."
Linda Neely, one of 12 people who attended the 15-minute hearing - only two spoke - also was not pleased the county offered no numbers for the public hearing.
"They had no budget whatsoever," Neely said. "I am disappointed."