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North Pinellas briefs: Property tax exemption deadline April 1


Deadline for new exemption on tax is April 1

Interested in that new $25,000 tangible personal property exemption? If so, the deadline to apply is April 1. Florida voters approved the exemption in the Jan. 29 referendum that passed Amendment 1. Business owners pay tangible taxes on the value of items such as office furniture, computers, copy machines and cash registers. Mobile or manufactured home owners who rent their lots also pay the tax on their carports, storage sheds, utility rooms and other home attachments. The new exemption covers the first $25,000 in assessed value for each tangible property owner who files a return in 2008. The Property Appraiser recently mailed a preprinted application form to all property owners whose 2007 tangible personal property assessments were less than $25,000. The form also is available at the Property Appraiser's Web site: For more information, call (727) 464-8484.


Spoor permanent city manager now

In October, then-assistant City Manager Matthew Spoor struck a deal with city commissioners. He would serve as interim city manager for six months and if it worked out, he would get the job permanently. Earlier this week, commissioners held up their end of the bargain and voted unanimously to make Spoor the permanent replacement for former City Manager Billy Beckett, who resigned after questions were raised about his second job as a referee. Spoor, 30, previously served as Safety Harbor's leisure services director. He is a St. Petersburg native and has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a master's from University of South Florida. He is married and has two children.


Cleveland Street needs sculptures

Attention all sculptors: The Clearwater Public Art and Design Program is seeking three artists to add their works to the newly revitalized Cleveland Street District. The sculptures will be exhibited in the central median planters along Cleveland Street's westernmost four blocks as part of a program called Sculpture360: Art in the Cleveland Street District Outdoor Gallery. Beginning this July, chosen sculptures will be on display for a year and new works will be selected annually. Project information, artist selection criteria and applications are available online at: Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 11. For more information, call (727) 562-4837.

Pinellas deaths

Ackerman, Edwin Banta

Currie-Farley, Stephanie V.

Erikson, Bruce R.

Fina, Charles M.

Foster, John R.

Greenwood, Erna

Harris, Charles Edward

Hendrickson, Dolores

Holder, Kathryn F.

Huseby, Marie V.

Mayforth, Anne M.

Mitnick, Mitchell

Rasheed, Diane E.

Ruble, Penny

Shaw, Keith M.

Ulloa, Agripina N.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

North Pinellas briefs: Property tax exemption deadline April 1 03/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:44am]
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