Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

About the Buck-O-Meter

How the Buck-O-Meter works

We use the Buck-O-Meter to track the campaign promises of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. We gave it six levels. The first three provide a broad picture of whether Buckhorn is making progress; the final three indicate
whether he kept the promise:

Not Yet Rated — Every promise begins at this level and retains this rating until we see evidence of progress — or evidence that the promise has stalled.

In the Works — This is our broad category to indicate the promise has been proposed or is being considered.

Stalled — There is no movement on the promise, perhaps because of limitations on money, opposition from council members or a shift in priorities.

Promise Broken — The promise has not been fulfilled. This could occur
because of inaction by the county executive or lack of support from the County Council or other group that was critical for the promise to be fulfilled.

Compromise — Promises will earn this rating when they accomplish substantially less than Buckhorn’s original statement but when there is still a significant accomplishment that is consistent with the goal of his original promise.

Promise Kept — They’ll earn this rating when the original promise is mostly or completely fulfilled.