Tampa Budget Set At $1 Billion Dollars 

Posted: 3:29 am Friday, July 20th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn brought his 2019 budget before City Council Thursday. The #1 billion dollar budget plan does not have property tax increases, along with no layoffs or major cuts to city services. There are two hearings scheduled in August and September before the budget is approved and that must be done by October 1st.



Mark this one down – Florida’s back to school sales tax holiday is set for August 3rd – 5th. We have the complete list of what is and what not’s on the list this year. There are limits of $60 or less for items like clothing, shoes and other supplies.



An adopt-a-teacher program a Tampa woman has created has gone viral. Ellie Baggett wants to help teachers who actually buy their own classroom supplies. The idea is to adopt a teacher and spend around $30 for supplies for them. The campaign in on Facebook if you’d like to help. School is back in session in less than a month.



For the first time since Florida law went into effect limiting beach access near private properties someone has been arrested for allegedly violating that law. It happened on Santa Rosa beach in Walton County. Daniel Uhlfelder was busted for sitting on the sand in front of a gated community. Governor Scott had issued another order over all the confusion on the new law and Uhlfedler even had a copy of that with him.



A crate jammed with two adult dogs and five puppies was abandoned by the side of the road in Hillsborough County this week. A Fed Ex driver found them Monday, and now they’re at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay ljoking for foster families. It is against the law to abandon animals, and in this heat it could have been deadly for the Chihuahua and terrier mix dogs.



CDC warning swimmers to beware of waterborne illnesses A swimming advisory is up in Hernando County for Pine Island Beach. High bacterial levels are the problem, but the beach is still open and the waters will be retested next week. There’s more information on the Florida Healthy Beaches plan here.