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2 neighborhoods approve tax cap increase, but 2 others vote it down

By JACKIE RIPLEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 6, 2000


TAMPA -- Some residents in northwest Hillsborough had more to decide in Tuesday's primary than which elected official to vote for. Homeowners in four special taxing districts -- two in Carrollwood and two in Town 'N Country -- also had to decide whether they wanted to increase their household assessments.

Half of those neighborhoods opted for a tax cap increase, half voted against it.

Residents of Logan Gate Village, located off Henderson Road, and Carrollwood North, located off Lowell Road, voted down proposals that would have raised their legal maximum assessments.

Logan Gate Village residents voted to maintain their current yearly $100 assessment instead of raising their legal assessment from $100 to $150.

Each of the 120 homes is taxed $95 a year.

Mark Dufva, president of the Logan Gate Village Special Taxing District, said the vote was unfortunate because the community would now "be unable to carry out some of the projects we had planned."

Some of those projects include landscaping and beautification of the subdivision's entryway, as well as improving the community's parks and security measures.

Town 'N Country residents at the Cove at Bayport Colony, and the Baycrest subdivision, however, agreed to raise their maximum tax cap.

Residents at the Cove at Bayport Colony pay the maximum yearly tax of $96 a year. They agreed to raise the allowable assessment to $200.

The Baycrest Special Tax District has the lowest assessment, $15 per household, of any in the county. Its board of trustees asked for, and got, an increase in the assessment to $25 for each of the 954 homes.

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