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First of two public hearings tonight on Pinellas' budget for the next fiscal year

COUNTYWIDE

Public hearing tonight on County Budget

Tonight, the Pinellas County Commission holds the first of two public hearings on its 2008/2009 fiscal year budget. The tax rate is to remain flat. Because of 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 nonrecurring capital costs and money from the state and federal governments, is being clipped by $140-million and drops to $1.96-billion. The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. in the County Commission chambers at 315 Court St. in downtown Clearwater. A second and final public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16. The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

CLEARWATER

City Council to discuss tax rate

The City Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. today in a work session to talk about, among other things, next year's budget and tax rate. The meeting is in council chambers at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.

PALM HARBOR

Speaker to focus on spinal surgery

The Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor will present Samuel Joseph of Moreno Spine and Scoliosis at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Pinellas Branch YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive. His program will be "Advanced Technologies in Adult Spinal Surgery.'' Joseph specializes in both pediatric and adult scoliosis, as well as degenerative disorders of the spine, with emphasis on revision surgeries. Registration is required. Call (727) 772-0314

DUNEDIN

Art Fest will be full of kid stuff

Kid's Art Fest 2008 will be held at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 13. Hands-on exhibitions, inflatables, games, food, music and art projects will be offered both inside and outside the center. For information, call (727) 298 3322 or e-mail kidstuff@dfac.org.

Pinellas deaths

Drake, Dan D.

Fazio, Margaret

Kinch, Helen

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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First of two public hearings tonight on Pinellas' budget for the next fiscal year 09/01/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:29pm]
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