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Iorio seeks garbage rate hike

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 14, 2008


TAMPA

Mayor Pam Iorio has proposed increasing garbage collection fees to offset income losses from changes in state property tax rules.

The $1.58 per month increase would free up $3.2-million in the city's operating budget, she said Wednesday in a special meeting she called to discuss next year's budget with the City Council.

The council will have to approve any increase in fees.

Council members offered no comment on the fee increase, but did reiterate concerns about Iorio's proposal to privatize some city services as well as spend $15-million on a new downtown park.

Iorio said preliminary figures show the city needs to cut $16.8-million from next year's budget to accommodate property tax reductions approved by Florida voters on Jan. 29.

BROOKSVILLE

Forklift accident victim recovers

A Sears employee who was injured when the forklift-like machine he was operating pinned him against the ceiling of a semitrailer said Wednesday that he suffered only minor facial fractures and will soon be released from the hospital.

John Hartvell, 56, of Brooksville, was recovering at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after the Tuesday afternoon accident at Sears at 13085 Cortez Blvd. Hartvell said one side of his face had bruises and felt sore but he otherwise felt fortunate that he suffered no serious injuries.

"I'm pretty fair, considering," Hartvell said from his hospital room. "I got very lucky."

Elsewhere

Development approved: With hardly a peep of protest, the Hernando County Commission on Wednesday approved the massive Lake Hideaway project that envisions 3,700 homes plus retail and office space spread over 886 acres in the western side of the county.

No. 1 fan dies: Bill Starling, a defensive end on Pasco High School's first football team, has died. The Pasco Pirates first took the field in 1933. Mr. Starling passed away Friday, eight months shy of his 90th birthday. One of his grandsons, Brad Starling, is a Pirates assistant coach. "He was Pasco's No. 1 fan, that's for sure," Brad Starling said.