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

Hillsborough County's unemployment rate, in percent, during June: 3.9

Florida's unemployment rate, in percent, during June: 5.3

The unemployment rate nationwide, in percent, during June: 5.5

Tampa Police Department budget: $79.3-million

Amount the city of Tampa expects to receive from property taxes this year: $61-million

Approximate number of parcels on Hillsborough County's property tax roll: 300,000-plus

Number of those parcels the state Department of Revenue choose for what was supposed to be a secret audit in 1994: 89

Number of those 89 parcels for which Property Appraiser Ron Alderman's staff printed out data on a single day before the audit began: 70

Number of digits in the number that a mathematics expert says reflects the odds against Alderman's staff printing out those records by coincidence: 63

Approximate number of acres of vacant land in the city of Tampa: 12,679

Number of those acres located in the New Tampa area that includes Tampa Palms and Hunter's Green: 7,189

Percentage increase in payroll growth for Hillsborough County, 1993 to 1994: 6.5

Sources for Quality of Life Index, 1B

Unemployment: Florida Labor Market Trends, June 1996, a newsletter published by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Bureau of Labor Market Information. Hillsborough's unemployment rate in June 1995 was 4.4 percent.

Tampa police budget vs. property tax revenues: City of Tampa Recommended Annual Budget for the year ending Sept. 30, 1997.

Secret audit: Times staff writer Jeff Testerman.

R.W.R. Darling, an associate professor of mathematics at the University of South Florida, said the chances of Alderman's office printing out those parcels by chance would be like someone picking the winning lottery numbers every week for 10 weeks in a row. The odds of winning the Florida Lotto are about 14-million to 1.

Vacant land: "Evaluation and Appraisal Report, Tampa Comprehensive Plan," a June 13 report of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.

Payroll growth: U.S. Bureau of the Census.

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