St. Pete kills fire fee; poised to raise property tax rate buoyed by residents' calls to maintain services
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09/14/12 Seán Kinane
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St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster (2011).


photo by Janelle Irwin

Late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed the Mayor's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties; instead the city increased its property tax millage rate for the first time in 2 decades.

City services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

Recently an effort called the Peoples’ Budget Review has surveyed city residents and found they prefer tax increases to cuts in services. WMNF interviewed Rick Smith, who has been involved in that effort. He is chief of staff for Florida Public Service Union

The final budget hearing and vote is September 27 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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