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

Number of days that passed after the O.J. Simpson verdict before this newspaper published an issue without mentioning his name: 22

Amount that Anheuser-Busch's Tampa brewery, which is closing in mid-December, pays the city of Tampa for water service annually: $561,900

Amount the brewery pays the city for sewer service: $5.29-million

Number of votes that the Sept. 12 sales tax referendum for public safety fell short in Tampa: 1,583

Margin of defeat throughout the rest of Hillsborough County: 18,534

Percentage of Hillsborough County high school seniors with college-ready math, reading and writing skills: 65.3

Percentage of high school seniors statewide with college-ready math, reading and writing skills: 57.8

Median sales price of an existing single family home in the Tampa metro area in September 1994: $76,300

Median sales price of an existing single family home in the Tampa metro area this September: $79,500

Number of delinquent youths processed at Hillsborough County's Juvenile Assessment Center during April: 655

Number of those youths associated with gangs: 10

Number associated with satanic cults: 2

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

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

O.J. Simpson: staff report.

Busch: City of Tampa Nov. 8 memo from Chief Administrative Officer Sam Halter to Mayor Dick Greco. Despite the loss of revenue from the brewery, city officials do not expect to have to reduce staff or maintenance at their water or sewer plants.

Referendum margins: City of Tampa.

Math, reading and writing skills: Florida Department of Education entry-level placement test statistics for 1993-94.

Median house sales price: Florida Association of Realtors. The metro area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Juvenile delinquents: Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center summary of delinquent youths processed at the center for April 1995.

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