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House links homestead exemption increase to Senate priorities

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The fate of this year’s gambling bill is being held hostage to passage of a homestead exemption increase, sources told Sunday night. Publicly, lawmakers have been saying that progress on omnibus gambling legislation was taking a backseat to the 2017-18 state budget talks. The Conference Committee on Gaming hasn’t met since last Thursday. The Senate is largely for some expansion of gambling in the state; the House wants to hold the line. Behind the scenes, however, House leadership made the decision to…

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Bill limiting property tax assessments ready for House floor

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A bill that would extend a constitutional amendment to stop large spikes a property’s taxable value is ready for a floor vote in the House. HJR 21 cleared the House Commerce Committee with a 24-2 vote, and previously made it through the House Ways and Means Committee with a 16-1 vote. Back in 2008, Florida voters approved an amendment that capped the increase in assessed value for non-homesteaded residential property at 10 percent a year, except when it comes to taxes…

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Beach district asks residents to pay property taxes for fire service

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Voters in the Pinellas Suncoast Fire District will be asked an important question in the Nov. 8 election: Will you let the district collect a property tax on top of the existing fee to pay for fire service? It’s a touchy issue for this area. Voters in the Suncoast District have historically turned down most requests for an increase in the fee. So asking for a tax on top of the fee would seem doomed from the start. But, Fire…

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PSTA wants to tap property tax, fare box revenue to balance budget

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is taking steps to ensure its continued solvency. A budget proposal being presented to the PSTA board next week shows financial stability for the agency over the next four years. “It shows strong financial management and the health of PSTA to go from the adopted current budget’s plan relying on more than $2 million in reserves to now predicting a surplus of nearly half a million dollars,” said PSTA Executive Committee member Darden Rice. Among…

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