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Jacksonville Journal

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Jacksonville Journal

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FINANCE COMMITTEE OKS 9 PERCENT TAX INCREASE

The property tax rate for Jacksonville property owners will increase by a maximum of 9 percent this year if the City Council approves its Finance Committee's recommendation on Tuesday.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to back Mayor John Peyton's request for the rate increase, which would allow the city to maintain its current level of property tax revenue despite declining property values.

The measure goes to the full council at its meeting Tuesday. It is expected to pass and would allow the city to set a maximum amount for the rate increase. The rate could be lowered by the council, but the budget must remain balanced.

The Finance Committee will analyze the budget over the next couple of months and, if additional savings are realized, the tax rate could be lower than the 10.12-mill tentative rate that is expected to be approved at Tuesday's council meeting.

FLAGLER COUNTY

SIDEWALK ARTISTS INVITED TO FLAGLER SAFETY EVENT

Young artists who know their way around the sidewalk canvas with multi-colored chalk are invited to join Flagler County's "National Night Out" from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. Florida 100. Co-sponsored by the Sheriff's Office and Target, the free crime-prevention education event is being held with the help of the county school system.

The latest addition is a sidewalk art contest for children 15 and younger, with 500 free boxes of chalk supplied for young artists, and their work reviewed by a three-judge panel. The rest of the high school's parking lot will contain crime-fighting and crime-prevention equipment displays.

Flagler County Fire Services will show off firefighting apparatus and the county's helicopter, joined by units from Bunnell Police Department and Flagler Beach Police Department. …

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