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48 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | December 2014 Contractor Connection 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 Data Man A Public Works Perspective

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