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1113274 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-08-05 02:42:50.0 UTC 2010-08-04T22:42:50.000-04:00 hillsborough-voters-to-decide-on-tax-incentive-for-some-businesses Published 2010-08-05 02:42:51.0 UTC 2010-08-04T22:42:51.000-04:00 news/politics DTI 65154864 TAMPA — Hillsborough voters will have another ballot question to consider in November. County commissioners on Wednesday voted tentatively and unanimously in support of a ballot question that would ask voters whether they would support waiving property taxes for new or expanding businesses as an economic development incentive. "With double-digit unemployment, record foreclosures, this could not be a better time to stimulate growth," said commission Chairman Ken Hagan, who floated the idea, which is allowed under state law and which he said has been adopted in 25 other counties. The proposal has come under attack from some environmentalists and one of Hagan's opponents in the November election as a last-minute giveaway light on details. Hagan said that time is running out to get an issue on the ballot and that there will be a public discussion on how it is structured if it passes. In general, new or expanding businesses could apply to have the county portion of their property tax bill waived for up to 10 years if they create jobs. The incentive would vary based on the number of jobs created, the salaries they provide and whether the business meets other desired standards, such as operating near the urban center. Jim Hosler, a demographer and consultant who is challenging Hagan, blasted the idea as an outmoded way of promoting economic development. "You're dealing with dinosaur economic development policies," Hosler said. Terry Flott, head of the growth-management group United Citizens Action Network, said the public has not been given adequate opportunity to weigh in on the proposal, which is vague. Under state law, commissioners are not required to hold a public hearing before placing this type of question on the ballot, the county attorney's office said. Commissioner Kevin Beckner echoed Flott's concerns before voting to support the resolution. The proposal will come back for a followup vote Aug. 18 on actual ballot language. By Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer Hillsborough,News,Politics Hillsborough voters to decide on tax incentive for some businesses BVARIANN TAM Tampa &amp; State dhvr5 dhvr5 Voters will get to decide on businesses tax break Tampa, Hillsborough County 3 taxabate080510.2st Voters will get to decide on businesses tax break 2010-08-05 04:00:00.0 UTC 2010-08-05T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/08/04/65154864-hillsborough-voters-to-decide-on-tax-incentive-for-some-businesses StaffArticle news,politicsPoliticsTAMPA — Hillsborough voters will have another ballot question to consider in November.Hillsborough,News,PoliticsHillsborough,News,PoliticsBill Varian 380325 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:42:17.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:42:17.000-04:00 bill-varian published Bill Varian <p>Bill Varian became the Tampa night city editor for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> in early 2014 after writing about Hillsborough County government and politics for 13 years. He joined the <i>Times</i> in 1999 as a crime reporter in Citrus County after five years of writing about growth-related issues and city hall for the <i>Tallahassee Democrat</i>. A 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., he also has worked at newspapers in Augusta, Ga., and Burlington, N.C. Between school and his first news gig, he had a bartending job that required him to dress like a monk. He lives in Tampa.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33746461 Bill Varian became the Tampa night city editor for the Tampa Bay Times in early 2014 after writing about Hillsborough County government and politics for 13 years. He joined the Times in 1999 as a crime reporter in Citrus County after five years of writing about growth-related issues and city hall for the Tallahassee Democrat. A 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., he also has worked at newspapers in Augusta, Ga., and Burlington, N.C. Between school and his first news gig, he had a bartending job that required him to dress like a monk. He lives in Tampa. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3387</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:varian@tampabay.com ">varian@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/VarianTimes">@VarianTimes</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Varian_Bill_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746461-bill-varian AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:42:17.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:42:17.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">BILL VARIAN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2266751 2016-02-25 01:09:19.0 UTC 6 Months Ago for-some-turned-off-gop-voters-grudging-acceptance-of-trump-wvideo news/politics For some turned-off GOP voters, grudging acceptance of Trump (w/video) StaffArticle 2269480 2016-03-16 00:15:11.0 UTC 5 Months Ago municipal-election-results news/politics/elections Pinellas County voters re-elect some city leaders, oust others StaffArticle 2285656 2016-07-16 21:22:35.0 UTC 1 Month Ago hillsborough-candidates-forum-gives-voters-up-close-look-at-candidates news/politics/local Hillsborough candidates' forum gives voters up-close look at candidates StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — Hillsborough voters will have another ballot question to consider in November.</p> <p>County commissioners on Wednesday voted tentatively and unanimously in support of a ballot question that would ask voters whether they would support waiving property taxes for new or expanding businesses as an economic development incentive.</p> <p>&quot;With double-digit unemployment, record foreclosures, this could not be a better time to stimulate growth,&quot; said commission Chairman Ken Hagan, who floated the idea, which is allowed under state law and which he said has been adopted in 25 other counties.</p> <p>The proposal has come under attack from some environmentalists and one of Hagan's opponents in the November election as a last-minute giveaway light on details. Hagan said that time is running out to get an issue on the ballot and that there will be a public discussion on how it is structured if it passes.</p> <p>In general, new or expanding businesses could apply to have the county portion of their property tax bill waived for up to 10 years if they create jobs. The incentive would vary based on the number of jobs created, the salaries they provide and whether the business meets other desired standards, such as operating near the urban center.</p> <p>Jim Hosler, a demographer and consultant who is challenging Hagan, blasted the idea as an outmoded way of promoting economic development.</p> <p>&quot;You're dealing with dinosaur economic development policies,&quot; Hosler said.</p> <p>Terry Flott, head of the growth-management group United Citizens Action Network, said the public has not been given adequate opportunity to weigh in on the proposal, which is vague. Under state law, commissioners are not required to hold a public hearing before placing this type of question on the ballot, the county attorney's office said.</p> <p>Commissioner Kevin Beckner echoed Flott's concerns before voting to support the resolution. The proposal will come back for a followup vote Aug. 18 on actual ballot language.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 06:01:00