Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–August 20

Aug 20, 2010


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With city budgets under pressure, South Florida taxpayers to pay more for less

Longtime homeowners are likely to bear the brunt of tax increases this year, and many residents will find they are either paying more for services or getting less for their dollar

Riding an ambulance or the bus? That may cost you more.



The Washington Post:  Big chunk of economic stimulus yet to be spent by state, local governments

As Americans puzzle over why the economic stimulus package enacted more than a year ago has failed to restore vigorous job growth, one explanation has emerged from new reports: A lot of the money is not yet out the door.


Appraisers:  Reduced property tax bills will mean fewer appeals

More than a half-million property owners in Hillsborough County will get their tax notices this week and even though everyone has the state-given right to appeal, appraisers say they don’t expect as many as past years


Magistrates deciding property tax appeals draw complaints of bias and conflicts

In property tax appeals, magistrates wield a lot of power and act as judges in determining whether a property is over-valued.


Palm Beach County hands voters decision on whether to extend extra tax for schools

Palm Beach County voters will decide whether the school district should continue assessing them an extra property tax that the state legislature temporarily allowed a few years ago.


New laws will affect 2010 property taxes for some

There are a couple of new laws property owners should keep in mind as the 2010 property tax season kicks off.


Letter to the Editor:  Don’t accept tax increases

Most of us homeowners don’t seem too amazed when we have a property-tax increase.


School millage fee perplexing to many

Judging by comments made at the July 27 public hearing by Polk County School Board Members Margaret Lofton and Hazel Sellers, it would appear that a number of Polk County residents are having a difficult time grasping the concept of millage rates.


Property-tax appeals help the affluent

The annual tax notices going out this month will bring a double whammy of bad news for many Florida property owners – lower values and higher taxes.


California finds city overcharged residents for property tax

State Controller John Chiang says the city of Bell has overcharged its residents for property taxes by at least $3 million during the past three years.  State officials came across the overcharges during an audit of the city’s finances.


U.S. Department of Education Publishes Revenues and Expenditures by Public School Districts: School Year 2007-08

This brief publication contains data on revenues and expenditures per pupil made by school districts for school year 2007-08.  Median per pupil revenue and expenditure data are reported by state, as well as values at the 5th and 95th percentiles.



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