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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX // Our times as told by statistics

Cruise ship passengers traveling through Tampa, 1994: 344,747

Cruise ship passengers traveling through Tampa, 1995: 222,017

Percentage of voters registering in Hillsborough County who register at the state Department of Motor Vehicles when they get their drivers licenses: 62

Increase, in percent, in the number of customer complaints made to the Florida Public Service Commission about Florida Power Corp., 1994 to 1995: +109.5

Decrease, in percent, in customer complaints made to the Public Service Commission about Tampa Electric Co., same year: -26.2

Increase, in percent, in the number of bankruptcies filed nationwide, from January to April of last year to the same four months of this year: +27

Increase, in percent, in the number of bankruptcies filed in Tampa, for the same months: +35

Aggravated assaults in Hillsborough County, 1994: 9,573

Aggravated assaults in Hillsborough County, 1995: 8,677

Average score, on a scale of 1 to 6, for Hillsborough eighth-graders on last year's Florida Writes skills assessment test: 3.2

Average score for Hillsborough eighth-graders on this year's Florida Writes test: 3.7

QUALITY OF LIFE SOURCES, 1B

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: Tampa/Hillsborough Convention and Visitors Association, research study, "Analysis of the 1995 Leisure Visitor."

MOTOR VOTERS: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office. During one recent week, a total of 1,760 voters registered in Hillsborough. Of those, 1,094 registered at the driver's license office through the federal Motor Voter Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, 1995.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPLAINTS: Staff report. Florida Power's complaints rose from 295 in 1994 to 618 in 1995. Complaints about TECO dropped from 103 to 76 during the same year.

BANKRUPTCIES: MasterCard International, U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Nationwide, bankruptcy filings rose from 250,626 for January through April of last year to 318,893 for the same time this year. In Tampa, the numbers went from 4,106 last year to 5,547 this year.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS: Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

WRITING SCORES: Florida Writing Assessment Program. Six is the highest score. Eighth-graders in Hillsborough County posted the biggest gain in writing scores this year. The average score for Fourth-graders rose slightly, from 2.4 to 2.6. The scores for Hillsborough 10th-graders dropped slightly, from 3.6 to 3.5.

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