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Quality of Life Index // OUR TIMES AS TOLD BY STATISTICS

Tampa Police Department budget: $74.7-million

Amount the city of Tampa expects to receive from property taxes this year: $61.1-million

Percentage of Hillsborough County high school seniors who demonstrated that their reading skills were ready for college when they took entry-level placement tests: 82.4

Percentage of high school seniors statewide who demonstrated college-ready reading skills when they took placement tests: 77.7

Approximate number of children whose families turn to Metropolitan Ministries' center for homeless families for help each year: 1,000

Percentage decrease in the number of passengers traveling through Tampa International Airport, August 1995 compared with the same month from a year ago: 10.6

Percentage increase in the weight of cargo moved through the airport for the same two months: 17.6

Vending machine sales in Hillsborough County during 1992: $22-million

Vending machine sales in Hillsborough last year: $48.8-million

Number of times so far this year that Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies have fired their guns at people: 6

Number of times this year Hillsborough sheriff's deputies have shot at dogs: 2

Compiled by RICHARD DANIELSON with contributions from BILL DURYEA and STEPHEN HEGARTY.

Quality of life sources

Police budget vs. property taxes: City of Tampa annual budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1996.

Reading skills: Florida Department of Education statistics for 1993-94.

Homeless children: Metropolitan Ministries. The charity's Family Care Center sees nearly 500 families and 1,000 children each year, according to executive director Morris E. Hintzman.

People vs. cargo: Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Monthly Activity Report for Tampa International Airport, August 1995.

Vending machine sales: Florida Department of Revenue.

Shootings: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

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