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Flagler Property Values Rise 7.5%, Best Since Recession, But Government Revenue Faces Shock

| June 1, 2018

Higher values ease pressure on government revenue but a potential increase in the homestead exemption would reduce revenue by millions, absent tax hikes.

Fireworks Stolen in Burglary From Bunnell Shop Blamed For Severe Injuries to 2 Boys

| July 12, 2017

Fireworks that had been altered or corrupted and that injured two boys, ages 7 and 8, were traced to a burglary from a shop off U.S. 1 operated by Brett Lyons for one month a year.

1938-2017
James E. Gardner, ITT President
And Palm Coast Founder, Is Laid to Rest

| May 11, 2017

James E. Gardner, who died May 5 at age 78, led ITT as it built Palm Coast between 1978 and 1990, and served on or led innumerable civic and business organizations.

If You Still Have Damaged Property, You Could Knock Hundreds of Dollars Off 2017 Tax Bill

| January 12, 2017

Property owners anywhere in Flagler and its cities who still have lost or damaged assets as of Jan. 1, such as lost screened-in areas, are eligible for re-assessments that could bring down their property tax bills.

The Other Swearings-In: Bexley and Lenhart Take the Oath, Johnston and Gardner Shrug

| January 4, 2017

The sheriff’s big ceremony aside, Flagler County’s other constitutional officers had their own swearings-in, more or less, as new, relatively new and veteran officers took up or continued their duties.

Joel Fallon, Owner of Granny Nannies, and Co-Pilot Seriously Hurt in Plane Crash Over Plantation Bay

| November 9, 2016

Joel Fallon, owner of Granny Nannies of Flagler and St. Johns counties, was at the controls of a Beech single-engine plane built in 1969 with co-pilot Josh Rosa, owner of Flagler Air Exchange, a business at the Flagler County Airport.

Qualifying Ends: Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner Are Re-Elected; Supervisor’s Race Will Be a Universal Primary

| June 24, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston were re-elected without opposition for a fourth consecutive term each as qualifying ended, with few surprises and withdrawals or disqualifications in other races.

Flagler County Royalty:
The Trouble With Uncontested Elections

| March 31, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston have no competition, Tom Bexley for clerk of court barely does: Good as they are at their jobs, it’s not good for Flagler or for the offices they represent.

Taxable Values Rise Again–6% in Palm Coast, 7% in Flagler–But So Do Demands on Budgets

| June 2, 2015

With more value comes more revenue for local governments, and more expectations from various agencies and the public–including a $2.4 million budget increase request from the sheriff’s office alone.

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

| March 2, 2015

Today is the deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption in Flagler County. If you miss the deadline, the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s office may be able to work with you within a reasonable window of time.

John Seay, Maverick Flagler Property Appraiser for a Quarter Century, Is Dead at 76

| September 8, 2014

John W. Seay’s tenure as Flagler property appraiser was highlighted by his victory over ITT in a four-year lawsuit ITT had started, only to end with the company agreeing to pay the equivalent of $4.7 million, in today’s dollars, in back taxes.

Property Appraiser Gardner: Correcting the Record on School Taxes and the Referendum

| May 29, 2013

In an endorsement of the half-mill school tax levy, Flagler County Property Appraiser James Gardner responds to claims that the school district has “continually increased our taxes. Based upon factual information, this is simply not true.” He shows why.

Palm Coast Mayor Netts Says Amendment 4 Takes Taxes From “Screwy” to “Screwier”

| September 25, 2012

Other Flagler government leaders joined Jon Netts in criticism of of proposed Constitutional Amendment 4, which would limit the tax liability of commercial, rental and vacant properties while lowering the tax liability of first-time home-buyers, but at the expense of local government revenue, which has been battered since 2007.

Barbara Revels, Suzanne Johnston and Jay Gardner Are Re-Elected As Qualifying Ends

| June 8, 2012

The 2012 primary and general elections will be heavily contested in all but a handful of local and judicial district races. County Commissioner Revels, Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner are among the automatic winners who faced no opposition.

For Flagler’s Republican Leaders, Romney-Gingrich Anxieties Frame an Unenthused GOP

| January 31, 2012

Nearly a dozen prominent Flagler County Republicans spoke of their choices or hesitance in the Florida primary and beyond, illustrating a lack of excitement in the GOP, and nervous predictions about November.

Good News for Flagler Property Owners: Most Home Values Will Barely Fall; Some Will Rise

| January 30, 2012

Flagler County Property Appraiser’s preliminary estimate sees a property value drop in “the low single-digits” at most, with taxable values rising in Grand Haven and Flagler Beach, among other spots, as the five-year collapse in values appears to draw to an end.

Taxable Property Values Plummet a Record 20%; Dire Numbers for Local Governments

| June 1, 2010

The drop is the steepest of the last three years. Some $5 billion in taxable values have been wiped out since 2007.

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