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$50.8M in spending, tax cut proposed by school district staff

Taxpayers, students, teachers and administrators all could be winners if the Baker County school district’s tentative budget remains largely unchanged.

Though still in draft form, the $50.8 million spending plan for the 2013-14 fiscal year was unveiled by school district finance chief Marcelle Richardson the afternoon of July 15.

Mrs. Richardson began her presentation before the school board with a warning, however, saying, “This (the budget) will change.”

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Swerving truck’s driver arrested for DUI

A woman reported to police by other motorists for reckless driving in the vicinity of Glen St. Mary the afternoon of July 10 was arrested for drunk driving and named in a complaint for possession of two kinds of controlled drugs.

Deputy Matt Riegel said he got behind a 2000 Ford dual-axle pickup driven by Vicky Singleton, 55, of Glen based on earlier descriptions and observed it southbound on CR 125, where the pickup veered onto the right shoulder several times, then across the center line.

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Tax hike by Macclenny City Commission ‘tentative’

After receiving a report on new construction permits that should help broaden Macclenny’s tax base, city commissioners tentatively approved the city manager’s request for a 13.8 percent property tax hike last week.

If the higher rate remains in the 2013-14 budget, which begins October 1, property owners would begin paying 4.1 mills, or $4.10 for every $1,000 of assessed value, instead of 3.6 mills.

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