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Brad Rogers: Bryant, Gold and Stone show courage

The millage rate hike will cost the average homeowner about $10 a month. For the first time in at least a decade, the Marion County Commission voted Thursday night to raise — ever so slightly — its base millage rate from 3.19 mills to 3.33 mills. The extra money is needed for a list of capital projects that have been repatedly put on hold, not the least being the courthouse elevators. Amazingly, this small bump in the tax rate was controversial. Commissioners David Moore and Carl Zalak voted to keep the base millage rate at 3.19 mills, while Commissioners Kathy Bryant, Jeff Gold and Michelle Stone voted to raise the rate.

Englewood Sun

Home rule stressed to Legislative Delegation

SARASOTA — If the meeting of the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation on Wednesday sounded familiar, it’s because most of the requests from constituents were the same. Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert led off the parade of local elected officials, first welcoming the delegation to the commission chambers, then making a pitch that the members respect home rule at the local level.

Fort Myers News Press

Lee County tax rate set; property owners pay same rate as last year

Lee County property owners will pay the same tax rate in 2018 as they paid this year. It took an extra meeting, but Lee County commissioners reached the end of a breathtakingly quiet road to setting the tax rate Tuesday. Commissioners unanimously adopted a rate of $4.0506 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Last year, commissioners cut the rate for the first time since the Great Recession, when revenues collapsed and a combination of tax increases and large budget cuts were required to erase a budget deficit.