This is the plaque awarded to the town of Indian Shores for its fundraising efforts toward a 9/11 memorial being constructed by the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and Indian Rocks Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
INDIAN SHORES – Indian Shores adopted its proposed tax millage rate of 1.87 mills per $1,000 of assessed property valuation and a tentative budget for fiscal year 2012-13.
The millage rate is .23 percent less than the rolled-back rate of 1.8744.
The taxable value of existing properties declined 1.3 percent, resulting in a decline in assessed value of an additional $8.16 million.
According to the executive summary, the budgeted property tax revenue in the general fund is $2,143 less than last year totaling $1.12 million budgeted at 97 percent.
During the public hearing segment of the town’s financial and budgetary determinations, Mary Karayianes, director of finance and personnel, fielded residents’ questions on the process.
In response to a question regarding why the percentage of income dropped was not commensurate with an equal drop in expenditures, Karayianes said, “If we cut back any more we would have to cut services.”
Salaries have not been increased in the town in five years.
In reviewing recent TRIM notices, taxpayers were reminded that the lion’s share of property taxes go to Pinellas County. Mayor Jim Lawrence also advised residents that only 16 percent of the town is homesteaded.
Final passage of the millage and budget will be addressed at the Sept. 19 meeting.
Firemen say thanks
Shortly after the opening of the Sept. 5 Indian Shores town hall meeting, surprise guests Bob Hill and Marshall Eiss presented a plaque to Lawrence in recognition of Indian Shores’ contribution of $2,500 to the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and Indian Rocks Volunteer Firemen’s Association 9/11 Memorial.
Both in uniform, Hill and Eiss presented the stewardship award to the citizens and employees of Indian Shores on behalf of Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District and Indian Rocks Volunteer Firefighters Association.
The town’s 2012 fundraising efforts included three library book sales, a pancake breakfast and a portion of the St. Patrick’s Day street festival revenue.