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House budget chairman starts looking for programs to cut

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House Appropriations Committee Chair Carlos Trujillo promised Tuesday to get to work this year on attacking budget deficits that loom during the next two years. Trujillo directed committee members to begin scrutinizing state spending and looking for programs to trim or cut. At the same time, he reiterated the House leadership’s determination to look for tax cuts, including to local property taxes. “The House is very interested in that,” he said of cutting local property taxes for schools, with the state providing…

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Pinellas County School Board passes tentative tax rate for upcoming fiscal year

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Pinellas County School Board members unanimously approved a tentative tax rate Tuesday that is a slight decrease from the current rate. The proposed rate is about $7.32 per thousand dollars of assessed, taxable property value. That’s about 5.8 percent less than the current overall rate of about $7.77 for school property taxes. The reduced rate means a homeowner with a home assessed at $150,000 with a $25,000 homestead exemption would pay about $915 in property taxes for Pinellas schools next…

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