48 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | December 2014
Like many local government agencies, Manatee
County, Fla., continues to face great fiscal challenges
brought on by the Great Recession. According to its
website, the county's operating budget for 2015 is $527
million, an increase of $7.8 million over fiscal year 2014.
However, that budget is $63.6 million lower than it was in
2007. Property taxes are $65 million lower than 2007. In
addition to making budget cuts, the county has been using
funds from its reserves to make ends meet.
All of this is top of mind for Michael Brennan, CEM,
who, as fleet manager for Manatee County, is charged with
acquiring, managing and maintaining the county's fleet of
When it comes to making decisions about the Manatee County fleet, Michael
Brennan looks to the numbers. He likes PM agreements and multiple OEMs.
Are you in sync with what he's saying?
BY JOANNE COSTIN
A Public Works