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Balking at deep tax cuts



LARGO - The City Commission voted Tuesday night to override a state law mandating property tax cuts next year, making it one of just a handful of Florida communities to do so.

Using a little-known provision in the law that the Legislature approved this year, a super majority of the commissioners, 5 of 7, voted to stave off the deep cuts during a special meeting, saying they think residents wanted services more than a tax break. City commissioners approved a maximum property tax rate lower than the current rate, but higher than state requirements that reduce city property tax collections 9 percent.

"We have a little flexibility to put back in the budget those programs that are near and dear to many of your hearts. I feel we need that flexibility," said Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:54pm]


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