REDINGTON SHORES – For the fifth straight year, the town’s millage rate will remain unchanged at 2.0. The rate is one of the lowest in Pinellas County, currently ranking seventh among the county’s 24 municipalities.
A vote to leave the millage (ad valorem tax) rate as is by the town commission at their July 9 regular meeting means it cannot be raised, but could be lowered at coming budget hearings.
The millage rate action followed a positive financial report by the town’s auditor. Richard Cristini of Davidson Jamieson and Cristini proclaimed Redington Shores to be in “very, very good” financial shape. Cristini said, “This town is quite strong financially,” which he attributed to fiscal conservatism and “taking advantage of opportunities when they come up.”
Cristini had a number of positive comments to make as he reviewed the town’s finances. He said Redington Shores has “no control deficiencies and no internal weaknesses.” The balance sheet is “quite strong,” Cristini said. “You collected more than you spent, and got the things done you wanted to get done, and had a $288,000 surplus for the year.”
Tips on avoiding burglaries
Redington Shores had eight burglaries in June, a number that caused Vice Mayor John Branch to invite community police officer Capt. Jeff Rawson to address the subject.
Branch asked Rawson what kinds of burglaries are occurring and what residents can do to prevent them. Rawson said most thefts are from vehicles.
“They are looking for open car doors,” he said, advising residents to always lock their vehicles.
Most burglaries from residences show signs of forced entry, Rawson said, and nearly always occur when the residents are away.
“Lock up your valuables, lock your doors and windows, even when at home,” Rawson advised.
Rawson said most thefts are crimes of opportunity. “If they can take something undisclosed, they will do it,” he said.
Residents should always be on the lookout for people who don’t belong in the neighborhood. Rawson urged residents to call the police if they spot anyone who looks suspicious or out of place in the area.
“They could just be a meter reader, but call us and we’ll find out,” he said.
Aiding police in the recovery of stolen items is also important, Rawson said. He advised residents to inventory their valuable items, take pictures, and write down any serial numbers.
“Then, when we scour the pawn shops for stolen items, we’ll be better able to spot and identify yours, and help you get it back,” Rawson said.
Bikes OK, glass banned on beach
Following up on a decision made at last month’s workshop session, the commission voted to remove a ban on bicycle riding on the beach. Mayor Adams had said most beachgoers were unaware of the prohibition or ignored it.
While removing the bike ban, the commission put in place a new law prohibiting glass containers on the beach, in the water or on the beach accesses. Adams said after the meeting that signs posted already list the glass ban. “This just makes it official,” he said.