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Pasco property appraiser rejects commission's exercise in transparency



DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners called it an easy exercise in transparency: Put a line on the tax notices showing how much of the county rate finances the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
Nothing against Sheriff Bob White, said commissioners: They just wanted to show taxpayers on their truth-in-millage (TRIM) notice what a big chunk of the budget his expenses take up — nearly 40 percent of the property taxes collected for the county's general fund.
"It really isn't to poke at the sheriff," Chairwoman Pat Mulieri said Tuesday.
But Property Appraiser Mike Wells, whose office puts out the TRIM notices, wasn't buying it.
Wells, a former commissioner, said this was just another swipe in the decades-old annual battle between commissioners and the sheriffs over money. And he didn't want to participate.
"It's clear to me what you're doing," Wells told commissioners Tuesday. "I object for political reasons. I think it's kind of a dumb thing to do."
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-- Jodie Tillman, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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