All but one Hillsborough initiative earning voter support

TAMPA — A proposal aimed at sparking the economy by waiving property taxes for certain new and expanding business in Hillsborough County was headed to easy approval Tuesday.

The concept, put forward by County Commissioner Ken Hagan, would enable owners of some businesses to seek a waiver of all or a portion of their property taxes for up to 10 years. It would apply only to property taxes assessed by the county.

The value and length of the waiver likely will be adjusted based on the number and quality of the jobs. It would apply to manufacturing and certain types of service and office jobs.

A similar measure in Plant City also easily won approval.

In other local initiatives:

• Voters rejected eliminating veto powers for a prospective elected county mayor.

• A proposal was headed to passage to redefine the county's internal performance auditor by giving it a new name and removing budget analyst from its duties.

• A change requiring a public hearing if commissioners modify final proposals to draw boundaries of their districts was also headed toward easy passage.

Times staff writer Janet Zink contributed to this report.

All but one Hillsborough initiative earning voter support 11/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:13am]

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