DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach is taking a unique approach to finding new revenue streams for the city to replace tanking property taxes: a contest. To win a $500 grand prize, $300 second prize or $200 third prize, all you have to do is come up with an idea for bringing in new income that’s easy to put in place and doesn’t increase taxes.
The contest, co-sponsored by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, was established after long-time Delray Beach resident and Budget Task Force member Robert Moore donated $1,000. “This will give our residents the opportunity to analyze the current financial crisis and become engaged in the process,” said Chamber President Bill Wood in a statement.
“We look forward to the submissions.”
Entries should be about 500 words, include name, address, phone number and e-mail address. They can be:
• E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sent through regular mail — postmarked no later than the entry deadline of Aug. 21 — to the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 65-A SE Fifth Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483; or
• Dropped off at the Chamber.
Winners will be announced in September.
City residents are eligible to enter, as are city employees except Budget Task Force members, city commissioners and their families, the city manager and the judges.
— Margie Plunkett