UPDATED: Latvala recycles mailer against Hackworth
UPDATE: Hackworth notes that it's not fair just to look at the MSTU only because that lacks the cost of fire service or, for example, park services in Palm Harbor. "It certainly isn't a double tax rate," Hackworth said, noting that if you add up rates unincorporated residents of Palm Harbor pay, it's 27 percent more than the similar tax cost in Dunedin.
It was deja vu in recent days for voters in County Commission District 4 in north Pinellas.
Republican incumbent Susan Latvala sent a mailer rapping Democrat Bob Hackworth with most of the same attacks as she leveled against former Tarpon Springs mayor Beverley Billiris in the Republican primary in August.
It includes the warning that "over 15,000 people who used to live in unincorporated Pinellas now have ... double property taxes! ... new city fees!"
Hackworth, Dunedin's former mayor, called it scare tactics in a Twitter post. While Pinellas cities do charge franchise and other fees that the county doesn't, it's also true that Dunedin's tax rate will be $3.56 per $1,000 of property value, and the county charges unincorporated residents $2.09 per $1,000 of property value. But that doesn't reflect all costs.
And by the way, all the Dunedin annexations were voluntary, Hackworth said.