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Largo Commission meeting goes from packed to almost empty for budget discussion

LARGO — Commission chambers that normally have just a handful of people in the audience were so packed with residents Tuesday night officials had to open an overflow room next door.

Most were there to oppose a zip line and aerial obstacle course proposed for the woods behind the Highland Recreation Complex over concerns including noise, parking and environmental impact.

Commissioners ended up passing the project, and residents filed out right after the vote... just in time for the next agenda item on 2017's proposed property tax rate and, after that, the budget, or the document showing how those tax dollars will be spent.

The office of management and budget director gave the presentation to an audience of mostly city officials with a few residents.

Two spoke about the tax rate, proposed at about $5.37 for every $1,000 of assessed, taxable value. One of the same residents who commented on the tax rate spoke about the budget, which includes money for additional positions in multiple departments and employee raises, among other things.

Residents can watch a recap of the meeting on the city website. Commissioners will vote on the tax rate and budget one more time at the Sept. 20 meeting before it goes into effect Oct. 1.