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Political group considering campaign to recall Sandy Murman

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A political action committee called “Conservative Response Team” is considering organizaing an effort to recall Hillsborough Commissioner Sandy Murman after her vote to remove a Confederate monument. 

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, local officials bemoan expected expansion of homestead exemption

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While it won’t go into effect for another year and a half, the expected passage of a constitutional amendment expanding the homestead exemption is already giving local officials severe headaches. Amendment 1 asks voters to approve an expansion of the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 of the first $100,000 of a home’s taxable value. State lawmakers who supported it said the average homeowner would save about $275 per year, based on the statewide average home value of $220,000 and an…

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Bob Buckhorn ‘siding’ with Black Lives Matter in monument removal, says Confederate group

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Two days after losing the fight to keep a Confederate monument in front of a Tampa courthouse, a group advocating to preserve the status quo is lashing out at Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman. 

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Bob Buckhorn calls for raising property taxes

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Saying it was “largely not of our making,” Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn made the case Thursday for raising the city’s millage rate for the first time in 29 years.

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Bob Buckhorn ready to raise Tampa’s millage rate

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Tampa hasn’t raised its millage fee in nearly three decades, but that tax-free streak may end soon. Mayor Bob Buckhorn met this week with each member of the City Council in advance of presenting his budget proposal Thursday.

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On second thought: Hillsborough Commission opts to remove Confederate monument

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Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward with an offer to house it. The Confederate monument has stood outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse for more than a century. Commissioner Sandy Murman…

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Kathleen Shanahan appointed by HART to new transit board, but not without controversy

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) voted to appoint Kathleen Shanahan as its representative on the newly reconstructed TBARTA (the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority) board on Monday, but only after debating whether it was better to appoint an elected official or a member of the general public. Shanahan is a private businesswoman who for decades has been a major player in Republican circles in Florida and Washington D.C. Originally nominated by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on…

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