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Florida Senator Introduces Balance Budget / Line-Item Veto Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON - Local and national taxes and government spending are one of the top issues for residents in the Town of Palm Beach. U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL), who is serving out the term of retired Senator Mel Martinez, spoke last week on the floor of the U.S. Senate about his proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring Congress to balance the federal budget. The proposed amendment also provides the President of the United States with the power of a line-item veto in order to reduce or eliminate earmark projects. Below is Senator LeMieux's letter to taxpayers in Florida:

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Tax Revolters Fail to Show at County Budget Hearing

TOWN OF PALM BEACH GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES & CIVIC ASSOCIATION ATTEND

A packed house told Palm Beach County Commissioners to raise taxes and keep services on Tuesday night.  Special interests from Drug Farm alumni to the Cultural Council urged retention of key County programs and County Commissioners agreed voting 5-2 to adopt a budget that could saddle many residents with a tax increase of 15%.

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Property Tax Revolt!

Given the current economic conditions and the fact that market values for property are depressed, this is not the time to increase the millage rate or raise taxes.

Several reports and organizations are saying the same thing: Oppose tax increases!

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Pension Expert Seeks Input

Town of Palm Beach contributions to the employees’ retirement system are projected to double to $14.1 million in 2015 when pensions will account for 30 percent of the Town’s payroll.  A pension consultant has been retained by the Town Council to provide new options for funding the retirement program. Residents are invited to email ideas and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Palm Beach Property Owners May See a Rise in Taxes

Preliminary Palm Beach County property tax notices show a tentative increase in the tax rate.  See chart. 

In Palm Beach County, about 46 percent of residential property owners will pay more in property taxes next year under the preliminary rates.  Twenty-four of the 36 county municipalities have tentatively approved rate hikes. Seven others have agreed to leave their rates flat, including the Town of Palm Beach.  Five have agreed to lower their rates.

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HOW TO FILE A PROPERTY TAX APPEAL

PROPERTY TAX APPEALS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 21 PERCENT
Taxpayers Can Petition the Value Adjustment Board Online Using Clerk & Comptroller’s Convenient myVAB

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14.8 % Property Tax Increase Proposed in Palm Beach County

County commissioners tentatively approved a 14.8 % increase in the county's property tax rate today. They said they would spend the next two months working to cut the county's roughly $4 billion budget.