Property tax rate may stay the same under new budget
Clearwater's elected officials are considering a budget for the next fiscal year that would keep the city's property tax rate the same.
The budget proposed by City Manager Bill Horne would maintain Clearwater's millage rate at 5.1550. Under that formula, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 after exemptions would pay Clearwater $515 in property taxes.
Even with rising costs, the city can keep its tax rate the same without cutting services because Clearwater property values increased by an estimated 5 percent over the past year.
Next year's budget, as proposed, would not increase hours at the Beach Library or extend the number of summer weekends when city pools are open. Residents are requesting those things, and officials will have to decide whether to accommodate them.
Budget hearings are planned for Sept. 4 and 18 at City Hall. Both hearings begin at 6 p.m.
A copy of the proposed budget can be found online at myclearwater.com.
More camps for kids at Moccasin Lake park
The nature experience continues for kids at the city of Clearwater's Moccasin Lake Nature Park.
Sensing Nature is a local environmental organization offering camps at the 51-acre preserve through August. The camps are for children ages 7 to 12. Fees start at $112.50.
Remaining camps this summer include the following:
• Swamps, Marshes and Mucks Wetland Adventure is an exploration of Florida's wetlands. The weeklong camp will begin on Monday.
• Florida's Flying Fauna focuses on flying creatures, with a hands-on habitat build. The camp will be held the week of July 28.
• Ancient Florida takes campers back to prehistoric Florida, when mastodons and giant armadillos roamed. It will be held the week of Aug. 4.
Moccasin Lake Nature Park is at 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. For more camp information, call (727) 397-2306 or (727) 742-0600, or visit myclearwater.com/camps.
Back-to-school health event will be Aug. 2
The Back to School Health and Wellness Event for children whose families live in North Greenwood will take place next month.
Organized by the North Greenwood Community Coalition, the event will be held Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ross Norton Recreation Complex at 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Students will get physicals, eye exams and dental checkups. Afterward, they will be provided with backpacks filled with school supplies.
Lunch will be served to attending families.
Since 2005, the event has served about 4,500 families and distributed more than 6,500 backpacks, according to the coalition.