Slight shifts approved in three of seven districts
The Pinellas County Commission approved subtle changes to three of its seven districts as part of its redistricting process. After a vote early Wednesday, the changes shift more of Lealman into Commissioner Ken Welch's District 7 and move part of west Bardmoor from Karen Seel's District 5 into John Morroni's District 6. Unlike other area counties, Pinellas lost population in the past decade, triggering only minor redistricting changes. All three at-large seats and Commissioner Susan Latvala's District 4 were unaffected. The School Board will mirror the commission districts.
County raises rates on sewer, reclaimed water
Customers of Pinellas County utilities will see higher rates on their next bill. The typical household bill will rise $1.78 for sewer service each month, and another $1 if the customer has unmetered reclaimed water service. The increases, which went into effect Saturday, are the start of a four-year series of increases approved by the County Commission last week. Similar future increases will face commission review, but will automatically take effect unless rejected.