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Pinellas eTownHall tonight

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David DeCamp reminds us: Pinellas County is taking questions here for its Internet-based eTownHall meeting from 6:30 to 8 tonight on its budget. The county plans to cut $60 million this summer to cure a deficit in 2011 and prepare for more cuts in 2012. Some key points from the county’s news release on the event: County commissioners will answer blogged questions during the eTownHall meeting, which can be viewed via live streaming video on the Pinellas County website or…

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St. Petersburg faces $12M shortfall in next year’s budget

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The city budget is facing its fourth year of property tax reductions, setting the scene for another round of heated budget discussions and difficult cuts, Mayor Bill Foster said Thursday. Property value are expected to drop by 10 percent, leaving the city with a projected $8.3 million loss. Rising city salaries could bring the total deficit to more than $12 million. Read the rest of Cristina Silva’s report here.

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St. Petersburg faces $12M shortfall in next year’s budget

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The city budget is facing its fourth year of property tax reductions, setting the scene for another round of heated budget discussions and difficult cuts, Mayor Bill Foster said Thursday. Property value are expected to drop by 10 percent, leaving the city with a projected $8.3 million loss. Rising city salaries could bring the total deficit to more than $12 million. Read the rest of Cristina Silva’s report here.

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – Plugging the Internet tax drain – The Republican-dominated Pinellas County Commission smartly voted last week to sue online travel companies like Priceline and Expedia that have avoided fully paying the county’s bed tax. Too bad their Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature are not as aggressive in addressing other unfair tax policies, including by extending the state sales tax to all Internet sales. Daytona Beach News Journal – Deserved, but also wanting of further vindication –…

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Steve Kornell jabs at Angela Rouson in dueling mail-pieces to early voters

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The question “Who says…?” is at the center of the debate between Steve Kornell and Angela Rouson in their campaign to win the District 5 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. Both candidates mailed direct mail-pieces (both of which are heads-and-shoulders better than the butt-wipe the Mayoral Candidates mailed out) to the so-called early voters and the differences between the two is obvious: Steve Kornell is a recreation leader, Angela Rouson is a leader, period. Kornell’s mail-piece is actually…

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