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Re: Juvenile Welfare Board votes for tax hike | story, July 23

Board misuses taxing authority

The taxpayers of Pinellas County should be outraged at the Juvenile Welfare Board vote to increase its millage rate. Knowing full well that the people have amended our state Constitution to reduce property taxes, this non-recallable board slaps all of us in the face.

The JWB's mission is basically a charitable endeavor, not a true county-mandated function. The JWB was voted on more than 40 years ago and has misused its taxing authority often.

We, as taxpayers, must petition the Pinellas legislative delegation to sunset all taxing authorities that do not have directly recallable boards. I don't know how County Commissioner Ken Welch (a member of the JWB board) voted, but I will certainly find out and be active if he seeks re-election.

Rocco Capabianco, Palm Harbor

Re: Juvenile Welfare Board votes for tax hike | story, July 23

Tax hike subverts will of people

How can the voters' wishes be ignored? How can the Juvenile Welfare Board vote to raise property taxes? Did Amendment 1 say "Except for those who want to raise property taxes for their programs, taxes will be reduced"?

Perhaps we need an Idiot's Tea Party. It seems that taxation without representation has evolved.

Harriet P. Sherwood, Clearwater

Re: Hotel delay rests on three litigious men | letter, July 23

If litigators win, community loses

I fully agree with Sandy Hutton's letter. I have lived for 20 years just outside the gates of the Belleview Biltmore hotel, and in the town of Belleair close to 30 years. The town and the community truly came together to support saving the hotel, and I am terribly disappointed in the short-term thinking of these three gentlemen.

Citizens of the town need to understand that delaying this project will negatively impact the quality of life for Belleair residents and will drive down property values.

I question whether these three gentlemen really have the best interests of the community in mind or whether this is simply about their own personal interests. They seem to have failed to consider the consequences of their actions. Those who do business with these gentlemen must question this serious lack of judgment.

I also believe that if this project falls through, we know where to place the blame. We will need to speak with our pocketbooks and stop doing business with them.

If the buyer does not go forward with the restoration, leaving the hotel to further deteriorate, shame on us for not holding these men accountable now.

Long-term residents are fully aware of how one of these gentlemen has attempted to stop or impede progress in other local communities.

If they win, we lose.

If we win, as history has shown, one of these gentlemen will probably move on to another community and stir things up there.

Cathy Craig-Myers, Belleair

Better beware deviled eggs, too

Re: Uncomfortable with 'sorcerer' | letter, July 23, and other letters about the downtown Clearwater sculpture entitled Sorcerer's Gate.

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.

It's a word!

How do you feel about deviled eggs?

Don E. Jones, Jr., Safety Harbor

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