Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Previous articleApopka comes together to support law enforcementNext articleBlack Lives Matter Marches peacefully in Sanford Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Apopka City Council will be reviewing a $102 Million proposed budget during four workshops scheduled over the next two weeks.The proposed 2016-2017 (Fiscal Year 2017) budget represents an increase of $12.5 Million or 13.9 percent over the FY 2016 budget.Major expenditures include:A new fire station, including equipment and personnel ($1.3 Million)Construction of a second communication tower for dispatch ($2.8 Million)Increased debt service ($600,000)Downtown improvements ($2 Million)Construction of a skate park ($750,000) and a splash pad ($200,000)Continued construction at the Sewer Treatment Plant ($16 Million)The proposed budget includes 18 new personnel positions.12 firefighters to staff the new fire station2 Fleet Mechanics1 HR specialist to replace the Payroll Specialist that was transferred to Finance2 Dispatchers to reduce the overtime in the Communications Center1 City EngineerThe proposed budget lists several “Budget Priorities,” including:Fire Station and furnishingsFourteen new vehicles, including eight police vehiclesFire EngineAmbulance & Power Load StretcherAsphalt truck & Skid Steer Milling MachineStormwater drainage upgradesNew sidewalksWater, reclaimed water and wastewater line upgradesSewer Treatment project – Phase IIStreet resurfacingTwo automated side-loader garbage trucksAt this point the proposed budget does not propose an increase in property tax rates. It does propose to use $2.6 Million of unrestricted reserves to keep the budget in balance.You can use this link to download the entire 753-page FY 2017 Apopka Budget Book for Workshops or this link to read the seven-page Apopka FY 2017 Proposed Budget Overview.The proposed budget will be discussed by the City Council and City Staff during the budget workshops. If history is any guide there will be many changes before the Council receives public comment next week.The first two Budget Workshops are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
The scale of violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state documented in a recent United Nations human rights report is a level of dehumanization and cruelty that is “revolting and unacceptable,” the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said today, underlining the Government’s responsibility to ensure that populations are protected.In a statement, Special Adviser Adama Dieng said the flash report issued last week by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) gave further credibility to allegations that security forces were committing serious human rights violations against civilians in northern Rakhine state from the very beginning of the recent escalation of violence, which was precipitated by attacks on border posts in early October 2016 and the ensuing operations by those forces. According to the findings contained in the OHCHR report, human rights violations committed by the security forces include mass gang-rape, extra-judicial killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings and disappearances. “If people are being persecuted based on their identity and killed, tortured, raped and forcibly transferred in a widespread or systematic manner, this could amount to crimes against humanity, and in fact be the precursor of other egregious international crimes,” said Mr. Dieng. “This must stop right now!” he declared. Current panel not a credible option to carry out new investigationMr. Dieng also expressed concern that the commission previously appointed by the Government to investigate the allegations and which, despite having unhindered access to the region, found no evidence, or insufficient evidence, of any wrongdoing by Government forces. “[However,] OHCHR, which was not given access to the area, found an overwhelming number of testimonies and other forms of evidence through interviews with refugees who had fled to a neighbouring country,” the Special Adviser added. “The existing Commission is not a credible option to undertake the new investigation.” “I urge that any investigation be conducted by a truly independent and impartial body that includes international observers,” he noted, welcoming the Government’s commitment to open an immediate probe. “If the Government wants the international community and regional actors to believe in their willingness to resolve the matter, they must act responsibly and demonstrate their sincerity,” Mr. Dieng said. “There is no more time to wait. All of this is happening against the background of very deeply rooted and long-standing discriminatory practices and policies against the Rohingya Muslims and a failure to put in place conditions that would support peaceful coexistence among the different communities in Rakhine state,” he concluded.