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County's upcoming eTownHall to discuss property taxes
County's upcoming eTownHall to discuss property taxes

As property owners receive their annual Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices from the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office, they may have questions about the notice and how their property values are used to set property tax rates.

The eTownHall: TRIM 2011 will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m. to explain the TRIM notice: why property owners receive the notice, what the information means, who the taxing authorities are and what millage rates are.

The event will be shown live at www.pinellascounty.org/eTownHall. During the interactive online event, residents can blog, tweet, follow the blog and view live video online or on TV. The eTownHall will include an iTownHall component, which enables residents to call in questions. Citizens can blog and tweet questions starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22.

The panelists for the event are: Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, Pinellas County School Board Chairperson Carol Cook, Juvenile Welfare Board Executive Director D. Gay Lancaster and PSTA Board Chairman and Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson. The event will be moderated by Len Ciecieznski of the Pinellas County Communications Department.

There are five ways to participate.

  1. Log onto Twitter. Tweets can be considered for the blog by entering a comment in the message field and including #pinellastrim in the message. This alerts blog moderators that a message should be considered for the discussion.
  2. Blog on www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall. The blog opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, for early questions and comments and will remain open through the live event on Thursday evening.
  3. Call in during the event. To ask a question and to listen to the event, dial (727) 464-TOWN (8696). View the event at www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall. Email reminders will be sent to those who log onto the website and sign up early. The website also has information about the event and includes resources to learn more about property taxes.
  4. Watch the event live on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44).

Participation in the event will be available in the conference room of the Pinellas County Communications Department, 333 Chestnut St., Clearwater. In addition, the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative will dedicate computers for the eTownHall at three public libraries:

For more information on the Truth in Millage notice and property appraisals in general, visit the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s website www.pcpao.org.

Pinellas County is the first government in the region to integrate five forms of participation in an interactive, online event. The eTownHall earned the 2011 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties and the Outstanding Public Information and Education Award from both the Florida Governor’s and National Hurricane conferences.

For more information on the eTownHall event, go to www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall, call (727) 464-3000 or watch a video of one of the prior eTownHall events at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.  Find Pinellas County government on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the event, contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756 (V/TDD).

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