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Property tax hike proposed in Safety Harbor



SAFETY HARBOR| At at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 15, the City Commission will host hearings on the proposed 2015 budget. Among the highlights:

*The property tax rate would jump nearly 9 percent from $3.73 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value would rise to $4.05 - aiding a bump in revenue from higher property values by generating nearly $600,000 for city coffers.

*The city would spend $1.6 million for design and other startup costs for a long-anticipated waterfront park along Old Tampa Bay.

*The controversial monthly $4.25 streetlight fee would decrease $3.25 per month, or $39 a year - a savings of $12.

*The Chamber of Commerce, Neighborly Care Network and Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center would continue receiving a combined $77,000 in assistance despite initial resistance from several commissioners.

More details here. The new budget year starts Oct. 1.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:35pm]


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