Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–July 9

Jul 9, 2009

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Editorial: Fee hikes key to Florida’s new budget

The state of Florida is barely a week into its new fiscal year, and residents are slowly coming to understand that major tax hikes were avoided, but widespread fee increases weren’t.


The News Service of Florida: Appeals Court Upholds ‘Save Our Homes’ Amendment

A Florida appellate court on Wednesday upheld the popular “Save Our Homes” property tax provision in the constitution that protects full time Florida homeowners from dramatic increases in property values.


Hollywood weighs higher tax rate to curb layoffs

Hollywood‘s proposed budget would hike the city tax rate but spare major layoffs.

Hollywood residents would pay more in fees and taxes but avoid massive public safety layoffs under a budget proposal unveiled Wednesday.


    Column: Did Broward schools get soaked after hurricane?

    Here’s a lesson for the Broward School District: We live in South Florida. South Florida is prone to hurricanes.


    Fort Lauderdale downtown developers hold the line on taxes this year

    Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Development Authority opted not to raise taxes for the coming budget year.


    Miami-Dade School Board pleased with budget draft

    Members of the Miami-Dade School Board took a peek at the 2009-10 budget on Tuesday — and many said they liked what they saw.

    The discussion among members of the Miami-Dade School Board on Tuesday was all about money — where it’s coming from and how to spend it.


    Osceola School Board OKs new property tax

    Osceola County School Board members approved an additional property tax last night that will generate millions of dollars for local schools over the next year.


    Jacksonville School Board votes a tax increase

    Facing a multi million dollar hole in their classroom budget for coming year, the Duval County School Board voted to increase property taxes for one year.


    St. Johns County school millage up, taxes go down

    St. Johns County taxpayers will probably see an increase in millage from the district school board this year, but that won’t translate into higher taxes.


    Charlotte County property values: the half-full glass

    When is a 16.4 percent decline in property values good news? When Charlotte County officials were bracing for a drop of as much as 30 percent.


    Dyer straits? Recession stalls agenda, but Orlando mayor stays optimistic

    Not too long ago, life was good for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. He had muscled an unprecedented $1.1 billion plan for community venues through treacherous political waters and managed to get surrounding counties to back commuter rail.


    State: Principal made deal in district money case

    Authorities say a South Florida high school principal must pay restitution after he acknowledged inappropriately spending several thousand dollars of school district money.


    City of Tallahassee offers employees buyouts to cut budget

    The city of Tallahassee is offering its employees buyouts of up to three months pay, plus five months of paid-up insurance, to help head off a $7.4 million budget shortfall.


    Pinellas budget cuts are deep and real

    Sawgrass Lake Park occupies a pleasant 400 acres just west of Interstate 275 in north St. Petersburg. There are boardwalks and trails, canals and lakes, and an “education center” with live displays of snakes, turtles, fish and such.


    Tax credit scholarships help the poor to succeed

    The first evaluation of standardized test scores for the Florida tax credit scholarship may be shedding more light on the lingering political divide on parental choice than on the 23,400 low-income schoolchildren who take part.


    Hernando no-zero policy faces stiff opposition

    A controversial proposal to eliminate zeroes from Hernandos elementary school grade books faces stiff resistance from School Board members and wont come up for a vote this month after all.


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