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Final hearing on Pinellas budget to be held today

COUNTYWIDE

Final hearing on county budget to be held today

The County Commission today is holding its final hearing on next year's budget. The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, 315 Court St. in Clearwater. Due to property value declines and state-mandated curbs on the ability of local governments to collect revenue, the general fund portion of the proposed budget is $685-million, an 8.4 percent reduction from this fiscal year. The total spending plan, which includes money from the state and federal governments, is nearly $2-billion. The tax rate is to remain the same. So an owner paying on a home with a taxable value of $200,000 will owe $1,091 to the county. An additional county levy applied in unincorporated Pinellas is also unchanged. The owner of the same home there would owe $1,509. Not included are levies residents pay to the School Board and other taxing authorities.

CLEARWATER

Board to decide on hotel at club site

Should the owners of the Belleview Biltmore be allowed to build a 38-room, six-floor hotel and restaurant on the site of the aging Cabana Club on the south end of Sand Key? That's the question that Clearwater's Community Development Board is to decide this afternoon. The $14-million project has a lot of opposition from surrounding residents. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.

TARPON SPRINGS

Sewer, water rate hike vote is today

City commissioners will vote a final time on proposed water and sewer rate increases at their meeting at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 324 E Pine St. For water and sewer customers, rates would go up about 4 percent annually for the next nine years. Water-only customers would see the highest increase, paying an average of 8 percent more each year. If approved, the new rates would go into effect Oct. 1.

In Sports

Find out the hottest nonfootball matchups for the week, 7C

Correction

In February, residents in Gull Aire Village mobile home park in Oldsmar rejected a proposal to allow more than one pet per household. A story Saturday was wrong about who rejected the proposal.

Pinellas deaths

Clark, Myles J.

Corliss, Ellis

Douglas, Jewel

Fox, James

Hobson, Betty L.

McGowan, Charles F.

Neary, Mary A.

Rosiak, Thomas L.

Rossnagle, Lorraine LaBree

Smith, Clifford C.

Tatum, Gilbert Tony

Zembron, Jack

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Final hearing on Pinellas budget to be held today 09/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:07pm]
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