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Pinellas schools hike tax rate



So it's a bit of an anamoly in Florida's anti-tax climate: Voters over and over again usually agree to raise their taxes for public schools even as they demand property tax relief from local governments.

But with the current sour economy, Bay Buzz wonders how last night's vote by the Pinellas County School Board is going to sit. Sure, Amendment 1, the January property tax break passed by voters, will ameliorate some of the concern because of the additional $25,000 homestead exemption for homeowners. And local governments have had to rollback tax rates from 2007 legislation, generally.

But non-homesteaded property owners will definitely see this rate hike as an overall tax increase from last year-- unless they've had a 4 percent or more drop in their assessed property value (which is entirely possible).

So thoughts, Bay Buzz readers? Does the pro-education current in the body politic hold strong even in the face of current economics?

--Joni James, Times state editor

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:31am]


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