St. Petersburg Times Online: Election 2000
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Lealman heads toward fire tax


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

LEALMAN -- With most of the ballots counted, voters approved by a 3-to-2 ratio a proposal allowing the fire commission Board of Commissioners to set tax rates in the Lealman Special Fire Control District.

They also appeared to be on their way to electing two commissioners to four-year terms: incumbent Linda Campbell in Seat 1, and contractor W.A. Adams in Seat 5.

The referendum gives Lealman the ability to set its own budget and pay for fire control out of a tax of up to 10 mills. A mill is $1 of taxes for every $1,000 of taxable property value. More important to advocates, it removes county oversight, along with funds Lealman currently pays to the county fire board.

The department fielded between 30 and 40 phone calls Tuesday from confused voters. Others stopped by the station.

"We've had a steady stream of people coming in all day," said Fire Chief Richard Graham. "Basically, it's people not understanding what the referendum is all about."

Graham said he told residents the commission had no plans to raise the current tax rate of 5.5 mills.

"It's a tax savings of $100,000, not an increase," said Graham, referring to the sum currently paid to the county -- an expense that disappears with Lealman becoming an independent taxing district. Commissioners have debated over the past year whether to merge Lealman's Fire Department with other municipalities in order to increase the benefits firefighters receive.

Campbell, 58, incurred criticism from union factions by casting a deciding vote as chairwoman for a merger with Pinellas Park over St. Petersburg.

"There have been some hard feelings," she said, adding that the merger package with St. Petersburg's Fire Department would have been too costly.

The identity of the Lealman area -- which extends over 11 square miles from Northeast High School on the east to the Intracoastal Waterway on the west, and from 40th Avenue N on the south to 62nd Avenue N on the north and includes portions of Kenneth City -- was also at stake in the referendum, Campbell said.

"We want to stay Lealman, and the firefighters do, too," she said. If an annexation trend continues, residents could end up with higher taxes, Campbell said.

Back to Election 2000
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Special Links
Tim Nickens
The Presidential race
Florida races
Pinellas races
Hillsborough races
Pasco races
Hernando races
Citrus races

From the Times election desk

  • Recount: Presidency hangs on Florida duel
  • Hour by hour, outcome gets more uncertain
  • State by state
  • Republicans make gains in skirmish for 83 seats
  • Uneasy mood in Austin flips as votes do
  • Voters swayed by economy, health care, education, Social Security
  • Too close to call in Florida but TV did -- regretfully
  • Presidential campaign lures people to polls
  • Fight for Congress: no clear-cut winner
  • Election 2000 in brief

  • State
  • Nelson takes Senate seat
  • Republican Crist well on path to victory
  • Incumbent Crow slightly ahead
  • Race turns into nail-biter
  • Byrd dominating in bid for third term
  • Farkas soundly beats Fischer
  • Foster breaks ahead, takes lead over Baldwin
  • Wallace jumps to early lead over his challenger
  • Henriquez holds strong lead
  • Cowin gains ground in home county
  • Incumbent strides ahead of newcomer
  • Justice leading Kersteen by a comfortable margin
  • Murman headed for second term
  • Newcomer battle ends with Republican Berfield as victor
  • Waters blocks Brennan challenge
  • Miller's hopes look to be affirmed
  • Miller overpowers former Democrat
  • Floridians keep right to elect judges
  • Crist has slight lead on Castor
  • Thurman keeps District 5 seat
  • Bilirakis has big lead in District 9
  • C.W. Bill Young winning handily
  • Bullet train heading for success
  • Davis wins third term
  • Putnam takes early lead
  • Incumbent Russell's win thinner than predicted
  • GOP Rep. Miller is likely victor
  • Floridians keep right to elect judges
  • Gallagher coasts to victory and his old job
  • Littlefield again defeats McLaughlin
  • Fasano, Fiorentino winning return trip
  • Election roundup
  • Briefly

  • Pinellas
  • Pinellas commission now full
  • One race won by landslide, another by a single vote
  • Lealman heads toward fire tax
  • Bobel, Dedman win approval
  • All changes to charter pass voters' muster
  • Peluso, Henry lead pack of 5 candidates

  • Hillsborough
  • Voters favor most amendments
  • Democrats bustle to get the vote out
  • Iorio builds her solid lead on record
  • Holt closing in on a third term
  • Term limits prevailing
  • Ober poised in attorney race
  • Republicans may reign in commission
  • Ake appears on his way to keep tenure unbroken
  • Results mixed on city amendments
  • Incumbent trails in four-way race
  • Two incumbents, Miller leading

  • Pasco
  • Altman holds slim lead
  • Challenger upsets incumbent Cannon
  • Second run is the charm for Schrader
  • Johnson captures Meadow Pointe post

  • Hernando
  • Bernardini bests longtime adversary
  • Sikes will succeed her sister upon retirement
  • Experienced teacher wins out over mom
  • Williams captures historic win
  • Early tally: Andrews first, Martin second, Hollander third
  • Democrats take over the board
  • Big ticket polls' big draw

  • Citrus
  • Activist Warren sails past Cooper
  • Council incumbents out; new mayor in
  • Schultz wins, will serve a final term ending in 2004
  • Hickey wins Citrus superintendent race
  • Bush is easy winner in the schoolhouse
  • Eager voters met with long lines
  • Candidate bounces out of hospital to ply voters

  • From the AP
    national wire
  • Bush Pledges Iraq Arms Hunt Will Continue
  • 'Partial Birth' Abortion Ban Passes House