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Satellite Beach may make it harder to raise property taxes

Vote would require supermajority to raise taxes

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. – Satellite Beach leaders could tie the hands of future city council members to raise property tax rates, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The City Council is weighing a rules change to require a "supermajority" of four members to pass a rate hike. Currently a 3-2 vote can approve rate changes.

Satellite Beach voters would have to approve the change to the city charter.

Debate on the idea is scheduled for May 2.

If passed, it could be on the ballot by November.

The plan was proposed by Councilwoman Sheryl Denan last week.  Satellite Beach has the second-highest tax rate in Brevard County.

Since 2006, the Satellite Beach property tax rate has increased from $5.90 per $1,000 of taxable value to $8.53 per $1,000 of taxable value

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