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Palm Harbor Fire Board seeks to raise tax cap

The Palm Harbor Fire Commission voted Wednesday night to increase the tax cap to support fire services in the district.

If the state Legislature agrees, voters will be asked to increase the maximum tax rate to 2 mills. The fire tax now is limited to 1.5 mills, or $1.50 in tax for each $1,000 of taxable property value.

Commission members agreed that the Fire Department needs more funds, and some supported a 2.5-mill cap, but they didn't want to risk voter backlash.

"If you try to go for 2.5 you are making a mistake because it will likely get defeated," Commissioner Robin Dickinson said.

The Legislature will consider the proposed referendum during its 1995 session. The vote would coincide with the March 1996 presidential primary.

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