St Pete City Council decides NOT to give Tax Break by Mitch E. Perry09/15/06
The battle over property taxes continued last night in St. Petersburg , the City Council set their millage rate at 6.60 for the next fiscal year, the lowest rate in 20 years. But with rising property values , most homeowners will still pay more. The city expects to collect 12 percent more in tax dollars than last year.
As in Tampa, many citizens expressed their dissatisfaction with the City Council.
At one point during the discussion last night, Councilwoman Rene Flowers told citizens that "It's going to take us more money to run our business,". "It's taking this city more to run on a day-to-day basis."
At that point, the Reverend Bruce Wright of Refuge Ministries got out of his seat and asked the audience, "Are we going to listen to this?"
About 15 people got up and exited the council chambers with him.
Earlier, Wright had stressed to the council that development projects like condominiums were pushing the poor and homeless out of downtown St. Petersburg.
WMNF spoke to the Reverend Bruce Wright today to discuss what led to his anger in leaving last nightâ€™s meeting (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?fat pork barrel stuff that they do â€œ)