Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–June 29
Jun 29, 2010
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State drops to 44 when spending ranked as a factor of personal income
In 2008, public school systems spent an average of $10,259 per pupil, a 6.1 percent increase over 2007. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia spent above this amount; 32 spent less.
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- New York public schools top nation in per-student spending
For the state budget, it might be all downhill from here. The $70 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, which starts Thursday, relies in part on billions of dollars of federal stimulus money that might not be available next year.
This summer, Central Florida school administrators face a task many have dreaded for years: getting their schools in compliance with the final, strict phase of the state’s class-size law.
About 14,830 home buyers in Florida are at risk of losing their tax credit barring a last-minute extension of the home sales stimulus plan by Congress.
Big questions loom as to how lawmakers will address Florida’s anticipated $6.6 billion state budget hole next year. But there should be no question of the need for a fully transparent state budget.
Florida property appraisers examine agricultural exemptions
Until this year’s legislative session, Florida’s greenbelt law had largely stayed out of the headlines. The law, enacted in 1959, seeks to minimize the pressure that farmers face to sell their land for development.
Government can boost property retrofits with ‘loans’
The nation’s inexorable march toward greater use of solar energy – ever more vital given the Gulf oil catastrophe – continues here in Manatee County.
For the longest time, it has been the third rail of fiscal policy – don’t touch pensions. But with so many South Florida municipalities in dire financial straits, they not only are in a position where they have to touch pensions, they have to dive in and make big alterations in plans that have become unsustainable.
Scott Katzer owes about $200,000 more than his Fort Lauderdale home is worth. Unable to sell anytime soon, he wants to reduce his monthly mortgage payment by refinancing to a lower interest rate.
Broward County governmental offices will be closed on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5. The Friday closing is due to an unpaid employee furlough day as part of budget-related reductions to avoid an increase in the County property tax rate.
To Mayor Lois Frankel, raising the city’s fire assessment fee from $25 to $60 should be an easy sell to residents.
For years, city officials have scrimped, saved and run what they call one of the most efficient municipal governments in Palm Beach County to build up a $10 million reserve.
For decades, affordable health benefits have been the comfy cushion public education employees could recline on in exchange for otherwise lackluster pay.
Parents wrote. They called. They showed up at today’s Pinellas County School Board and spoke. And, it turns out, Pinellas County School Board members listened.
The comments by School Board members during Tuesday’s budget workshop were not fighting words, really. More like negotiating words.
Facing a $8.8 million budget deficit, Manatee County Schools Superintendent Tim McGonegal is asking School Board members to approve a new tax on property owners to avoid cutting school services.
As Lee County government faces another tough year of budget cuts, county employees may be forced to take unpaid time off and pay more for their health insurance.
Murray questions use of outside help for district training
Brevard County School Board member Barbara Murray is fighting some of the district’s spending practices as the board heads deeper into money-saving mode and will be forced to make decisions on cuts in September.
Local school districts have raised property taxes by more than $133 million for the upcoming school year, according to a new study that has fueled a hotly partisan debate over who’s to blame for the increase.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed his first state budget into law on Tuesday, saying the document reflects tough choices in a difficult economy, but he defended its underpinnings as fiscally sound.
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