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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard ….


LBTS Acting Finance Director Douglas Haag (4th from the left)

He got it too!…
“The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2008.

This is the second consecutive year that the City has received the award. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”

Hmmm….coming to LBTS in the near future?….

“Purchase of software support and maintenance for a three year period in an amount not to exceed $49,190 per agreement with New World Systems, Inc.

Doug Haag, Assistant City Manager, Finance and Edel Fonseca, Information Technology Director, reported, “The following is our yearly maintenance agreement with New World Systems…Currently this software manages the Finance Department…New World has outlined the cost for the next three years in their proposal as follows:
5/1/2008-4/30/2009: $14, 861; 5/1/2009- 4/30/ 2010: $16,347; 5/1/2010-4/30/2011: $17,982: Total: $49,190. Funding is available in the current fiscal year budget for this item.”

We hear Mr. Haag, who was the consultant brought in by Ms. Hoffmann for the payout for former TM Colon  “hit the ground running” and made the much needed change from the Excel Spreadsheet approach used by the former Town Manager and her  Finance Director to a budget worksheet that is created inside the financial system itself…We heard it was something the Town already had in place and went unused … even though it is much more efficient and provides more timely data… OUCH!… Kudos to the Interim Town Manager!…

We also hear the Commissioners will meet with Ms. Hoffman sometime after the 18th and the budget and tentative millage rate will be on June 27th at 6 pm…This writer is certainly looking forward to it… especially now!…


This  “Rookie”  was close to the top 15 says her proud mom… and if time allows…she may return next year!… Her sister  Marionna’s pageant is coming up in Oct. for Miss Florida Teen USA…. stay tuned!….

more to come….

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