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St. Pete retirement communities decry ‘unlawful’ property appraisal, seek tax refunds

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Three St. Petersburg retirement communities are accusing the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office of “unlawfully” calculating of property values, leading to overpayment of thousands of dollars on its 2016 tax bill. In separate lawsuits, owners of the three properties are suing Mike Twitty, as Pinellas County Property Appraiser; tax collector Charles W. Thomas and Leon M. Biegalski, who serves as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. The suits, filed June 19 and 20 in Pinellas County Circuit Court,…

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Pinellas GOP heavyweights raising money for Rick Baker on Wednesday in Clearwater Beach

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Former Mayor Rick Baker continues building momentum in his quest to return for a third term as St. Petersburg Mayor. Coming off a successful campaign kickoff event last week, Baker, who served two terms from 2001-2010, is following with another high-profile reception Wednesday in Clearwater Beach. Co-chairs of the event – with the tagline “Proven Leadership” – include renowned attorney Brian Aungst Jr., former Pinellas GOP Chair Jay Beyrouti and restaurateur (and one-time “Mr. Clearwater”) Frank Chivas. According to the invite,…

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Nielsen is demanding $800K property-tax refund from Pinellas County due to accounting error

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Global marketing research company Nielsen is demanding a refund of thousands in Pinellas County property taxes after the company discovered an accounting error. On March 10, the New York-based firm filed suit against Pinellas County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty, Tax Collector Charles Thomas and Leon Biegalski, who serves as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. Nielsen is asking for $800,000 returned from the $2-million paid in Pinellas County property taxes for the years 2013 and 2014 for its…

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Pinellas sets swearing-in for constitutional officers

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Swearing-in of Pinellas County’s incoming constitutional officers will be Jan. 3. The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Pinellas County Courthouse located at 324 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. A reception in the courthouse lobby will follow the reception. Two of the constitutional officers are being sworn in for the first time. They are Mike Twitty, who will succeed outgoing property appraiser Pam Dubov. Dubov is leaving to enter…

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Charlie Justice wins second term on Pinellas County Commission

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Democrat Charlie Justice faced down a challenge from first-time candidate Mike Mikurak to win a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. Justice took the lead early in the evening with about 53. 5 percent of the vote and never looked back. Voters were treated to two distinctly different styles in the race for the District 3 seat, which was voted on countywide. Republican Mikurak, who was making his first run for public office, was on the attack early on…

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Mike Twitty defeats Jim Frishe in Pinellas property appraiser’s race

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Political newcomer Mike Twitty easily defeated political veteran Jim Frishe to take the Republican nomination for Pinellas property appraiser. Twitty took the lead in early voting and never looked back. In unofficial results, he trounced Frishe with about 60 percent of the vote. In beating Frishe, it’s likely Twitty will be the next Pinellas property appraiser. He faces write-in candidate Joseph John Catalano in the Nov. 8 general election. But it’s unlikely Catalano will be able to prevail. “I am…

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Jim Frishe, Mike Twitty battle for Pinellas Property Appraiser

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If you go by fundraising, then Mike Twitty is a shoo-in to win Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office. But Twitty, a political newcomer, is facing an opponent experienced in Pinellas politics. Jim Frishe has twice served in the state House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2012. For both of them, the issue comes down to experience. But each has a different kind of experience. The property appraiser is a…

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