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Date of Issue: September 24, 2008

City to hold final budget vote

The Holmes Beach City Commission was expected to adopt a 2008-09 budget Sept. 23.

The budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, was scheduled to take place after The Islander’s press deadline this week.

Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed 2008-09 city budget and millage rate at city hall earlier this month and approved on first reading a $7.96 million budget. The budget is $502,294 less than the 2007-08 budget.

The commission also was expected on Sept. 23 to establish a millage rate of 1.5989 mills. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of property less any exemptions.  

For a house valued at $525,000 in Holmes Beach, minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from the city for the next year would be $799.45.

In other business for Sept. 23, the commission was scheduled to consider a resolution removing the city from the list of defendants in a class action lawsuit that names the city of Tampa as the chief defendant. The lawsuit involves a challenge to the application of occupational licenses to attorneys.

During a work session following the 7 p.m. regular meeting, the commission was expected to discuss revising its dates for qualifying for elected office.

The city’s rules are out of synch with newly adopted state regulations on qualifying dates.

A proposed resolution would strike the city’s requirement that petitions to qualify for office be filed within 46-50 days before the election. Instead, the city would require that petitions be filed during the qualifying period set by state law.

The commission’s next meeting will be at city hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 14.

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