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9/15/2011 - One Percent Tax Hike Spares Nature Centers

The nature centers will stay open after all, so will two public pools that were targeted for closing.

Green Cay Nature Center on Hagen Ranch Road

Palm Beach County commissioners chose to spare more than a dozen popular programs and services after a contentious, five-hour public hearing Tuesday night in which supporters of the items packed the commission chamber and spoke against the cuts.

The seven-member board voted 4-3 to raise the countywide property tax rate by less than 1 percent to help pay for the programs.

For the owner of a $200,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, it would mean a $6 increase in county property taxes – from $713 to $719 – assuming the home’s value stayed the same.

The majority of homes, however, have seen their values change this year, because of the economy.

Property owners who saw their taxable values go up would likely pay more in countywide taxes than last year. Those whose values fell would likely pay less. Those tax numbers do not include additional amounts homeowners would owe to other taxing agencies, such as cities, towns and school district taxes.

Source - Palm Beach Post - 9/14/2011

Peter Schulz - Editor - Email TCRM

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