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Tampa City Council agrees to millage rate increase, albeit a lower one than originally proposed

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With less than two weeks before the new fiscal year begins, Tampa’s City Council voted Monday night to advance a budget raising property taxes for the first time in 29 years. However, the increase would not be as much as originally proposed by Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The Council opted to support the $974.2 budget plan which raises the millage rate from $5.7326 to $6.3326 per $1,000 of assessed value. 

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Tampa City Council moves 1st public hearing on raising taxes to Monday, Sept. 18

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The Tampa City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to continue their first public hearing on Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget until Monday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Bob Buckhorn says Tampa is doing plenty to combat climate change

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Although Bob Buckhorn isn’t likely to sign onto a Sierra Club pledge putting Tampa on record as attempting a 100 clean energy portfolio by a certain year, his administration says he’s doing plenty to combat the negative implications of climate change on the city. Buckhorn did join St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in signing on to a group of over 300 mayors earlier this month who say they intend to fully the intended mission of the Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump…

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Popularity is part of the problem for Straz Center, with a serious lack of parking

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As the Straz Performing Arts Center celebrates its 30-year anniversary, it has never been more popular. That’s part of the problem. With three new museums, a busier-than-ever Curtis Hixon Park, and area construction continuing, the Straz — in the heart of downtown Tampa — is suffering from a serious lack of parking, a problem that’s only getting worse. It’s become so bad, longtime patrons are telling the Straz they will no longer attend events there. “We are truly and deeply concerned…

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Rick Kriseman, Cross-Bay Ferry get mixed reviews from Tampa City Council

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A year ago, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman requested and received $350,000 from the local governments of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and his own City Council to help fund the Cross-Bay Ferry public-private pilot project that ends Sunday. While those local governments won’t get close to that money back — they were never expected to — but final totals could end up bringing as much as $30,000 back to those local governments. Speaking before the Tampa City Council today…

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Mike Deeson to Tampa City Council: ‘I’m not done yet’

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The Tampa City Council awarded legendary investigative television reporter Mike Deeson a commendation on Thursday, even though the venerable newshound stressed to the board that he’s not yet ready to ride off into the sunset. Deesonstunned the Tampa Bay community last month when he announced without fanfare that he was leaving WTSP 10 News, effective immediately. Although the award-winning journalist may have grown weary of television news politics, Deeson clearly isn’t ready to give up on reporting, telling the Council that through his Facebook…

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