Thursday, September 21, 2006

Glades Commissioners Want 23% More Taxes

Glades Commissioners Licking Lips For More Taxes

MOORE HAVEN, FLORIDA -- The Glades County Commissioners are planning on raising an additional $1,518,104 in property taxes over last year at the proposed millage rate for property tax. The Glades County Board of County Commission has tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property tax levy to $8,199,568 compared to last year's $6,681,464, a 23% increase.

Commissioners have their eyes on the windfall amounts to be gained as property tax assessments increased dramatically this year. The county commission could theoretically lower the millage rate from last year by 23% and still have the same amount as last year.  However, this is unlikely, as politics usually calls for lowering the millage rate a few percent to coddle voters, but still gaining more actual tax income than the previous year, in this case 23% more taxes. The tax increase will be voted on at its next meeting September 27 at 6 p.m.  at the Glades Count Courthouse. A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the budget will be made at this hearing.

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