St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman won some concessions in the new city budget, getting the money to expand on some issues we’re tracking on our Krise-O-Meter.
On Sept. 17, 2015, City Council approved the fiscal year 2016 budget, which included funds for a new director for Kriseman’s planned StPeteStat initiative.
A version of a government accountability and management model used by several cities, the method uses statistical data gathered about any number of issues — crime, government workers’ pay, even garbage collection — and uses it in committees dedicated to finding solutions to specific problems. With money to hire someone to coordinate the program, we rate his promise In The Works on our Krise-o-Meter.
Kriseman’s promise to continue and improve the Mayor’s Mentors & More program is moving along, as well. Now under the St. Pete’s Promise umbrella, the program is gaining a staffer and has enjoyed more support from city employees. On our Krise-o-Meter, this rates as a Promise Kept.
Finally, Kriseman has made it a goal to offer service-learning opportunities in all St. Petersburg schools. The city now offers mini-grants to school groups to start projects, and is launching a pilot program at St. Petersburg High School on Oct. 1. That promise rates In The Works.
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