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Publication Date: 09-28-2012
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Friday, September 28, 2012 50¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 117 15.43 feetLast Year: 11.05 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. S F W M D p l a n s SFWMD plans $ 5 6 7 m i l l i o n $567 million b u d g e t budget ... Page 3 Okee-Tantie campground to close Oct. 16 ... Page 9 Recyclers face felony charges ... Page 5 Scouting report: OHS Brahmans face Martin County Tigers ... Page 22 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Special weapons and tactical teams from two area sheriff’s of ces carried out a training exercise Thursday in which they served a search warrant on a criminal who was thought to be armed. Taking part in the one-day training session at the empty New Endeavor High School was the S.W.A.T. unit from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce (SLCSO) and the Special Response Team (S.R.T.) from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) OCSO Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell, who heads up the S.R.T. squad, told the teams Empty school used for SWAT unit training Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppMembers of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce S.W.A.T. unit make their way down the hallway of the now-empty New Endeavor High School during a training exercise conducted Thursday, Sept. 27, with the Special Response Team from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyMitey Mite footballJay Quavious Thomas #23 and the Brahmans had a tough time nding holes in the Mitey Mite Division game with Avon Park Saturday. For more local sports news, see page 23. See TRAINING — Page 5 2012-2013 budget is lower than current yearBy Pete GawdaOkeechobee News In a meeting lasting about 20 minutes on Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Okeechobee City Council approved a new budget and endorsed, in concept, a landscaping proposal from Okeechobee Main Street. The council unanimously approved a millage rate of 7.7432. One mil equals one dollar for every one thousand dollars of assessed value. Since overall propert y values in the city have decreased some taxpayers will see a lower tax bill this year. The budget the council unanimousl y approved includes total general fund expenditures of $5.5 million. The budget, which is a 3.9 percent decrease from the current budget, contains no pay raises for city employees, just longevity or step increases. The median strip on Parrott Avenue could soon have an improved appearance thanks to action taken by the council. The council passed a resolution authorizing Okeechobee Main Street to apply for a Florida Department of Transportation Beauti cation Grant at no obligation to the city. Since the deadline for grant application is very soon, the resolution was passed with the understanding that Okeechobee Main Street will be coming back to the council at a later date with speci c plans for the beauti cation program. Turning to other business, the council rati ed the reappointment of Bettye Taylor and Denny Davis to the Police Pension Fund Board of Trustee with terms to expire Sept. 30, 2016. They also reappointCity council approves new tax rateSee CITY — Page 5

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Weather forecast from the National Weather Service for Okeechobee and surrounding areaLocal ForecastFriday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Friday night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Extended ForecastSaturday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. East southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Sunday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. On Tuesday Sept. 25, CASTLE hosted a grand opening reception of their new Okeechobee of ce at 1835 Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee. With a host committee of eight of Okeechobee's community members and the CASTLE staff ready to welcome their guest, the evening turned out to be a huge success. All were greeted and asked to sign a white ag that is the symbol for children w ho have died as a result of abuse. Seacoast National bank manager Jon Geitner began the ceremony by sharing why Seacoast has been so proud to be a supporter of CASTLE for many years. He went on to say that they could not be more proud to have CASTLE located in their facility. He proudly accepted a retired ag from the CASTLE's Memory Field. Adding to the excitement, the chamber president JD Mixon along with several dignitaries were on hand to assist with an of cial ribbon cutting. Executive Director Theresa GarbarinoMay shared the importance of CASTLE and all the programs that are directly bene ting local families. More than 1,000 people in Okeechobee will receive assistance from CASTLE this year either through in-home counseling, divorce services, and positive parenting classes. Theresa went on to say that CASTLE is a life line for children who are suffering from abuse and for parents who need help. We are thrilled to be here today and hope that this is the beginning of great things for CASTLE of Okeechobee. Anyone interested in volunteering with CASTLE you can contact the local of ce at 863-467-7771 or visit their website at: www. casteltc.org 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Accident Victims...Call Us First!€ Tractor Trailer Crashes € Auto Crashes € Motorcycle Crashes € Wrongful Death FREEConsultation Se Habla Espaol Phones answered 24 Hours, 7 days-a-week! www.crashinjuries.com 4 4 6 7 7 1 0 0 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! 2 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 CASTLE hosts grand opening reception event Special to the Okeechobee News/ CASTLEPresent at the recent CASTLE grand opening reception from left to right are: Jon Geitner, Gwen Chandler, Al Jacks, Tabitha Trent, Theresa Garbarino-May, Sheriff Paul May, J.D. Mixon, Dowling Watford and Libby Maxwell. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ OREAOREA members attend district meetingEleven members of the Okeechobee Retired Educators attended the District IX meeting in Fort Pierce on Thursday, Sept. 20, at which time they participated in workshops, round table discussions and received annual awards. Once again Okeechobee County received several awards. With 88% of our members participating in volunteer hours, we received the Unit Volunteer Award and a Literacy Award Membership Merit Award. Pictured here are ten of the participating members in attendance showing off our awards. Not pictured: Marion Davis. In the back row are: Kay McCool, Hazel Parnis, Pam Trent, Magi Cable; middle row: Judith Mix, Phyllis Koff, Charlotte Delagall, Doris Entry, Verna VanDeman; in the front row are: President Gay Carlton with our many patches. Relay for Life kickoff celebration plannedEveryone is invited to join the Relay for Life group at Lunker's Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11, to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this year's event is "All-Star Relay: Scoring Against Cancer" so wear your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level please contact Missy Fipps 863-634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Sept. 28TH Thurs., Oct. 4THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “MADEA WITNESS PROTECTION”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG-13 III: “TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 PG PG-13 Available 24/7Community Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=119590&pagenum=1 Medical Directory: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=59786&pagenum=1 Meet Your Merchant: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=56360&pagenum=1 School Information Guide: http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Page.aspx?&secid=68371&pagenum=1 S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription 3 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 75 percent of $567.3 million budget is for ood control and Everglades restorationAt a public hearing Monday night, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board adopted a $567.3 million budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013). The annual budget funds the agency’s core ood control and water supply missions as well as its continued progress to restore the South Florida ecosystem, which includes America’s Everglades. “We remain committed to achieving our mission-critical goals without increasing the burden of additional taxes on the people of South Florida,” said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Joe Collins. “Mindful of continuing economic challenges, this prudent budget allows the District to move forw ard with critical ood control operations and important long-term projects to increase w ater storage and improve Everglades water quality.” The approved $567.3 million budget contains a signi cant investment in South Florida’s environment, including $27 million appropriated by the Florida Legislature in support of Everglades restoration. A full 75 percent of the district’s FY2013 budget is dedicated to bene t restoration, protect water resources and enhance ood control operations including:  $182 million to operate and maintain South Florida’s regional ood control system, including $50 million to refurbish the extensive network of canals, levees and water control structures; and,  $245 million to restore the Everglades ecosystem, including $87.6 million to implement the rst phases of Governor Scott’s landmark plan to improve water quality to achieve ultra-low nutrient standards. With restoration investments of more than $1.16 billion in the past three years, the district is bringing important restoration projects to construction completion and beginning operations to deliver meaningful environmental returns to South Florida’s ecosystem. Projects include: expansions of Stormwater Treatment Areas (Compartments B and C); C-111 Spreader Canal; Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Phase I; and Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area. The district has invested close to $392 million toward these projects to date, with $2.7 million included for FY2013 to complete construction. Another $11.4 million is dedicated in FY2013 to support continued federal partnership construction to restore the Kissimmee River and implement Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects, including Picayune Strand, the Indian River Lagoon-South C-44 Reservoir and the Fran Reich Preserve adjacent to the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Building on a $10 million investment to date, the district is increasing water storage through partnerships with ranch owners to bene t the northern Everglades while maintaining working landscapes and jobs and keeping land on the tax rolls. The district will invest $8.7 million in FY2013 toward its Dispersed Water Management program. As part of its budget development, the district last year established a spend-down plan to dedicate accumulated reserves and cash balances toward restoration and water supply priorities. The FY2013 budget includes $148.8 million in fund balances primarily to implement critical water resource projects. The district’s annual budget is funded b y a combination of ad valorem (property) taxes, and other revenues such as state and federal sources; licenses and fees; agricultural taxes; balances; and investment income. About 47 percent of the total FY2013 budget comes from property taxes. The approved millage rates for FY2013 represent 42.89 cents per thousand dollars of value in 15 of the district’s 16 counties (the Okeechobee Basin). For a home with a taxable value of $100,000 (assessed value of $150,000, less the $50,000 homestead exemption), the SFWMD portion of the property tax bill would total $42.89. In Collier County and mainland Monroe County (the Big Cypress Basin), the tax rates represent 33.90 cents per thousand dollars of taxable value. For a similar home in this area, the combined SFWMD and Big Cypress Basin portion of the property tax bill would total $33.90. SFWMD budget supports water resource priorities The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) at Indian River State College provides a fast track to a teaching career for anyone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in a eld other than education. Participants can complete the program in less than a year with convenient Saturday, evening and online classes. EPI students are well-prepared to become a highly-quali ed teacher with professional state certi cation. An information session about the program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. in Building E, Room 108 at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Building E is on the 35th Street side of the campus. Dozens of people from all walks of life have completed the program and have been hired by school districts. Tom White, who served as a Green Beret and always had an interest in history, is now teaching world history at Forest Grove Middle School. Another graduate, Jessica Kolibas, is teaching English at Martin County High School. “We invite you to share your knowledge, give back to the community and positively impact the future as a teacher,” said Kelly Amatucci, who coordinates the program at IRSC. IRSC is actively involved with the recruitment and education of teachers for Treasure Coast classrooms, and the EPI was developed to help combat the teacher shortage. EPI assists with certi cation in all subject disciplines with a special emphasis on attracting teachers in math, science and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). For more information, call IRSC at 1-866792-4772. IRSC provides fast track to teaching career A special night has been scheduled for the graduating class of 2013 and their parents. All parents of seniors are urged to attend on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at Okeechobee High School. Parents will be given information about senior expenses, graduation requirements, discussion of the college admissions process, details about visiting colleges, work programs, information about Florida Bright Futures Program, SAT/ACT information, scholarship information, questions you should ask when visiting different post-secondary institutions, and important tips that parents and seniors need to know to have a successful senior year and a successful rst year at a post-secondary institution. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to ask questions that are pertinent for all seniors. OHS senior/parent informational workshop planned Ghost stories sought“Going Out: A guide to area entertainment and attractions” will feature area ghost stories in the October edition. If you have a story to share, email okeenews@ newszap.com.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 4 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Tax the wealthy? If you put more pressure on the wealthy they will never pay it or absorb it, They will just raise the cost of items we pay for day in and day out. They also, in efforts to save money seek production in less regulated foreign soil with lower operating cost.  There should be a set tax rate for everybody, no exceptions, every one should pay the same percentage no matter how much y ou make. It is discrimination the way it is now, a chosen few pay less.  I say big money should pay more money!  Why should big money people pay more? Why should they be targeted or burdened any more than the average Joe Shmoe .. just because they are successful? I say at tax everyone and can’t see penalizing the w ealthy at higher rates just because they are more fortunate than some .. the tax codes should be a level playing eld for all.  If you’re really serious about everyone paying the same amount then we need to get rid of tax shelters, off shore accounts, etc... the ways many of the rich can avoid paying the same as everyone else.  If they can afford to take care of their families and all their expenses and have money to burn why not have them help our economy a little more. I am saying straight from the heart if I had a vast wealth and my family was taken care of I would have no problem paying more if it would help everyone in the long run.Medicare There are too many people scamming Medicare who did not pay in.  We need to cut all bene ts to Congress and put in term limits, If they don’t show up for work they should not get paid and if they miss too many days they should get red, They forget real quick who they work for.  The only ones who are scamming Medicare without paying in are those with bogus Social Security disability cases; anyone else who draws Social Security or Social Security Disability are those who have worked/earned their quarters within the last prior 10 years before reaching 65 or became disabled. Those never working or paying into the Social Security/Medicare system are possibly (potentially) eligible for S.S.I./Medicaid, which is contingent upon income and assets.Social Security I didn’t do or check the math on this, but I think that people really need to stop calling Social Security an entitlement like it is a dirty word. I think of it more as repaying a loan that the government borrowed from us.Hungry students New rules on school meals inspired by Michelle Obama were intended to wipe out hunger and malnutrition among American students but some are complaining they have had the opposite effect. High schools are now forbidden from giving pupils more than 850 calories for their lunch even if they are fast-growing teenagers or even student athletes. One enterprising group of adolescents channelled their anger at the policy into a parody YouTube video promoting their cause entitled, “We Are Hungry.”  It has been my experience that teenagers need more calories than adults. They are growing children. They don’t need empty junk food calories. They need good nutritionally balanced meals. But they need larger portions than adults who are trying to either lose weight or else just maintain a healthy weight. We always send sack lunches with our kids along with money to buy milk. But their friends who do eat school lunch frequently complain about the small portions. Even the teachers complain about the small portions. And now the federal government wants to make the portions smaller? For kids, I think the answer to childhood obesity is more exercise, not cutting back on lunch portions.  I agree more exercise would be best. However, exercise will not happen, so I agree with the 800 calories. If more food is needed, bring it from home. Don’t make it easy. The kids now only know how to sit in front of electronic devices. Public Forum/Speak OutSpeak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Seniors vs. CrimeMany residents are not aware that there is an organization devoted to assisting Floridians of ALL ages who believe they have been victimized by improper practices, scams or other economic crimes. It is called Seniors vs. Crime, and it is a Special Project of the Florida Attorney General. Our organization is non-pro t, and we never charge a fee for our services. Our mission is to assist the Florida Attorney General in preventing crimes against the elderly; to educate and to alert seniors about consumer frauds, con games, scams, identity theft and other criminal acts that target senior citizens. As part of our outreach to the community, we have also established a Speakers Bureau which has quali ed individuals who will offer a presentation, without charge, on a variety of topics such as identity theft, the current scams and many more of interest. To arrange for a speaker for your organization or group or to le a complaint if you feel you are a victim of a scam, please contact our Okeechobee of ce at phone 863-7637924, or email to okeesvc1@gmail.com or our Website Seniors Versus Crime Project and go to Request Help on the Home Page. Al Payne Deputy Regional Director Letters to the editor More than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, yet only half have talked to a medical professional about possible safety issues related to driving. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, AAA promotes Roadwise Rx to help seniors understand how medications may affect their ability to drive safely. Developed by the AAA Foundation for Traf c Safety, Roadwise Rx is an online tool that details common side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The tool generates personalized feedback on how medications, herbal supplements and foods, and their interactions with each other, can impact safety behind the wheel. Drivers are encouraged to discuss the con dential results with their doctor or pharmacist to learn how to mitigate possible crash risks. With seniors often visiting primary and specialty doctors regarding their different health care needs, it is important for each provider to know all medications being consumed,” said Michele Harris, director, AAA Traf c Safety Culture, The Auto Club Group. “Roadwise Rx lets users move beyond the old-fashioned ‘brown bag’ review with an easy way to virtually pool together their pill bottles and talk to their doctors.” Due to chronic medical conditions, older adults often take multiple medications. Certain types of medications, like antidepressants, have been shown to increase crash risk by up to 41 percent. Ingredients like Diphenhydramine, commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines, can have the same effect on driving as being above the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration. “Earlier research by the AAA Foundation for Traf c Safety found that nearly one out of ve older drivers use ve or more prescription medications. With medical conditions typically on the rise as people age, and treatment often dependent on medicinal interventions, there was a critical need to develop a tool to help older drivers understand the safety risk,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “Roadwise Rx is the only tool of its kind that looks at medications and associated driving hazards.” .SeniorDriving.AAA.com provides convenient, online access to a wealth of interactive resources including Roadwise Rx at no cost to all seniors and their families. AAA offers safe driving ‘prescription’ for seniors

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 ed John Koepke to the Fire Pension Board of Trustees with a term ending Sept. 30, 2016. The council also changed their meeting dates through January. They decided to meet only once a month on Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 4 and Jan. 15. Since the newly elected council members will have to be sworn in January before the meeting on the 15th, the council will hold a special swearing in ceremony at a date and time earlier in the month to be announced later. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. CITYContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDeputy Lieutenant Gary Bell (left), head of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce Special Response Team, briefs Deputy Sergeant Brian Hester (center) and Deputy Sergeant Rob Pettit (right), both from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce, on the scenario to be played out as the two units conducted a training exercise Thursday at the former New Endeavor High School. they would be serving the warrant on a suspect who has “an extensive criminal history” and could possibly be armed. The suspect’s previous arrests were weapons related, he added. During their brie ng sessions the deputies were told to treat the school as if it was a single story, long apartment building. To make the training exercise even more intense, S.R.T. leaders were assigned to lead the S.W.A.T. unit, while S.W.A.T. leaders w ere assigned to head up the OCSO unit. “This is to take them out of their comfort zone,” explained OCSO Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman, a senior team leader. The training consisted of a team making their way down a long, dimly lit hallway to ‘apartment 006B.’ On their way down that hall the teams encountered an ‘innocent civilian’, played by OCSO Detention Deputy Chris Dodd. To be safe, Deputy Dodd was taken to the oor and searched. Once cleared, he was released. Once at the apartment door, a team member pounded on the door and yelled “sheriff’s of ce” and ordered whoever was in the apartment to open the door. But, no one did. When the deputies made their way through the narrow doorway they found themselves in a large room that was divided into several smaller rooms, and only one of those small rooms was illuminated. As the teams made their way toward the back of the room a suspect, played by OCSO Detective Augustin Saucedo and an S.R.T. member, ed out the back door. Another suspect, Deputy Sergeant Clif Gill, was taken into custody. Once a team had completed their portion of the training, they met with team leaders and discussed how the operation could have been done better and more safely. The two teams spent the entire day at the school training on different scenarios. TRAININGContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Eric KoppDeputy Sergeant Paul Ferrell (left) and Deputy Lieutenant Gary Bell (right) go over the scenario for Sgt. Ferrell’s team during Thursday’s training exercise. Taking part in the exercise were teams from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce. By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A husband and wife who own a local recycling center are free on bond following their felony arrests for allegedly trading scrap for an operating forklift that was reportedly worth well more than the scrap metal. The owners of Atland Recycling Oscar Rodriguez, 40, and his wife Lizabeth, 35, 77th Lane North, Loxahatchee -were both arrested Tuesday, Sept. 25, on one felony count each of dealing in stolen property. They were booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on $5,000 bond each. Jail records show that they have since been released on bond. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), indicated in his arrest report that the 1972 Hydro Cat forklift in question was rst stolen in St. Lucie County. That portion of this case is being worked by detectives with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Of ce. According to Detective Shireman the forklift is very unique in that it uses an aircooled Volkswagon engine. Also, no serial or model number could be located on the forklift. The detective’s arrest report states that the piece of equipment was apparently purchased by Oscar Rodriguez, who reportedly told the detective that he traded the forklift to another man. Oscar told the detective he “traded scrap for scrap,” continued the report. Allegedly included in that deal was a trailer on which the forklift was carried. Detective Shireman’s report indicates that Oscar traded 700 pounds of scrap for the forklift. The man who traded for the forklift later decided that it didn’t t his needs so he sold it to a local equipment sales company for $1,000. The value of the forklift was estimated to be between $4,500 and $6,500, pointed out the detective. Detective Shireman’s report indicates that the forklift was insured for $6,000 and the trailer was insured for $2,000 by their owner. The couple was arrested because “they purchased both items and should have known they were stolen,” said the OCSO investigator. It was also pointed out in the arrest report that Atland Recycling “did not possess a license to sell items once purchased as scrap, and the forklift should have been scrapped if purchased by the company.” When asked by investigators, Lizabeth said the trailer was in good condition and that it was kept by the company so it could be sold later. The detective also stated in his report that the recyclers purchased the trailer and forklift “... with no documentation and no serial numbers that could be located, and then sold the forklift to another person and changed the appearance of the trailer and made statements they intended to sell this vehicle as well.” The owner of the equipment, who is also the victim in the initial offense, was contacted and took possession of the forklift and trailer. Detective Shireman said his investigation is continuing. Local recyclers jailed on felony charges Oscar Rodriguez Lizabeth Rodriguez Annual Boots and Pearls Gala plannedThe Seventh Annual Boots and Pearls Gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee KOA. The following are the various sponsorship opportunities and how to order tickets. Please join the party for fun, fellowship, good food and dancing to the music of “Chris Macarthur and the Florida Cracker Boys.” This is the main fundraising event of the year for Hospice of Okeechobee and there are many ways for you to participate in this event including sponsorship. Single Ticket $50 Purchase at Eli’s Western Wear or by calling the Hospice Of ce at 863-467-2321. There will be a live auction for pieces of art work by a local artist. A silent auction will feature an array of items donated by local businesses and individuals.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Albert ‘Al’ J. Gricius, Jr, 70OKEECHOBEE — Albert ‘Al’ J. Gricius, Jr., died at home surrounded by family on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Al was born in Kentucky, lived in Clearwater, Fla. and moved to Okeechobee six years ago. Al served his country as a member of the US Air Force for four years. He enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, diving and skiing. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Evelyn Gricius of Okeechobee; son, David Kyle Gricius of Boynton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Tina Marie Gricius of Ridge eld, N.J.; and a sister, JoAnn (Jay) Kisz of Palm Harbor, Fla. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at their residence on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 3 p.m. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthe w and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Peggy Jean Nigro, 85OKEECHOBEE — Peggy Jean Nigro, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Hamrick Home. She was born August 19, 1927, to Weldon A. and Laveene Quackenbush Pickard in Greensboro, N.C. Formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, she retired after 32 years of service with Sears as an Auditing Supervisor. She moved to Okeechobee in 1991 and was a member of Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church. She enjoyed oil painting and tending to her owers. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Phyllis Marie Pickard. Survivors include her brother, A. Neil (Martha) Pickard of Greensboro, N.C.; a nephew, Todd A. (Angie) Pickard of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two great nieces and two great nephews. In honoring her wishes, no local services will be held. The burial of her cremains alongside her parents and sister will take place in Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, N.C. The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Okeechobee for their wonderful care and also to a special angel on earth, her caregiver, Pat Curran. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com. Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. 6 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 ObituariesObituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by emailing the obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www. orida.newszap.com Feathers & Furs 4-H holds Rabbit & Poultry ClinicOn Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Feathers & Furs 4-H Club will host a Rabbit and Poultry Care Clinic, with a drawing for a rabbit with a $1 donation to the club. The clinic will be held at Jones Supply & Feed, at 801 S.W. Park St. (south of Advance Auto Parts). Other 4-H Clubs are w elcome to set up with us. Contact: Cathy A rthur, 863-763-1512.BHR Moose Lodge to host Senior OlympicsBuckhead Ridge Moose Lodge #2417 will host “Senior” Olympics, on Saturday, Sept. 29 starting at 2 p.m. Featured events include Cane Toss, Wheelchair Drag Races, Walker Races, Bedpan Pong, and Diaper Corn Hole. Prizes will be awarded. Come out and join the fun. All proceeds go to Moose Charities.ConKerr Cancer “sew-a-thon”Conkerr Cancer will have a “sew-a-thon” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church. Bring your sewing machine (or serger) and child-friendly fabric and sew w ith other ladies in our community who w ant to help put a smile on the face of a sick child. The group had a very generous donation of Christmas fabric this month so w e have pillowcase kits that will be available for our sew-a-thon. Also, please turn in all pillowcases that you have sewn up this month so they can go towards our total for September’s (MOPS) Miles of Pillowcase Smiles campaign.County Fair Board meeting date changedThe Okeechobee County Fair Board meeting will be held on Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber Building.Eagles North announces special weekend eventsEagles North will host steak night Friday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. followed by The music of Jake Haire and the Flatland Band. Great music to dance to. On Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. is Card Bingo. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. The F.O.E. is located at 9985 U.S. 441 N.Eagles North to start serving Sunday breakfastThe Eagles North Lodge, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have bingo on Oct 2, starting at 1 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, bingo will start at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. On Sunday, Oct. 7, Eagles North will start having Sunday breakfast again. Proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 A uxiliary bene t fund. Healthy Start Coalition will meet Wednesday, Oct. 3The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m. at their of ce located at 1132 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition please contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Farm Bureau to hold annual membership meetingOkeechobee County Farm Bureau Annual Membership Meeting is being held Thursday, Oct. 4 from 68 p.m. at the Civic Center on U.S. 98 N. Members are being asked to bring a covered dish of salad, vegetable or dessert. Steaks, drinks and rolls are being provided by the Okeechobee County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP by Sept. 28 to the Farm Bureau Of ce by calling 863-763-3101.‘Fun day’ to help injured teenA bene t fun day fundraiser is set to help the Kaleb “Fred” Langdale family with medical expenses. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Chalo Nitka Grounds in Moore Haven and will include lots of fun activities food, games and more! A web site at www. gofundme.com has been set up for donations. The goal is to raise $100,000. A link to the site and other news about Fred Langdale can be found on the Glades County Democrat page on facebook.com.Equine therapy for veteransWinston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” We are looking for veterans who would be interested in joining us to groom, lead and ride horses. We understand how much a veteran can bene t from this interaction. This service is free of charge and here in Okeechobee. If you are interested, please call Bobbi by Friday, Oct. 5 at 863-467-2614.Putt for a Cure tournament plannedThe Relay for Life Honey Do’er’s Team and Dream Team will host a best ball golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. All proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society. Fee for 4-man team: $200, Hole Sponsorship: $100. The team will have 50/50 and rafe tickets. If you have any questions about participants, sponsorship, or donation of a raf e item please call Lawrence Fipps 863801-0901 or Missy Fipps at 863-634-8674. Minimal Regatta sets sail in OctoberGrab your boats, paddles and all the creativity you can muster. The Kiwanis Club’s Adam Bryant Minimal Regatta homemade boat race is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 9 a.m. Come out for bounce houses,obstacle course, great food, and wild boat races. Admission is FREE. There are still a few racer spots open, but you will need to hurry. Call J.D. Mixon at 863-6341778 or visit www.MinimalRegatta.com for more information.”Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Bryant Culpepper on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m.–noon, and in the meeting room at the Lodge at the Lake Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment. Relay for Life Kickoff celebration plannedPlease come and join us at Lunker’s Sports Grille on Thursday, Oct. 11 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this year’s event is All-Star Relay Scoring Against Cancer so wear your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level, please contact Missy Fipps 863634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765.Friends of NRA plan banquetThe Okeechobee Friends of NRA plans to hold a banquet on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at The Gun Shop, Okeechobee Shooting Sports, The Hunters Den, by calling 863-634-8678, or online at www.friendsofnra.org. Please join your local business owners, friends, neighbors, and community leaders as we work together to ensure the shooting sports for the next generation. Community Events

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Many newspaper owners have a hidden agendaŽ „ whether it is political, economic or to promote the publishers cronies. Not us. Were owned by a unique non-profit journalistic trust. Our ONLY mission is to provide the information and understanding citizens need to make intelligent decisions about public issues. In doing so, we strive to report the news with honesty, accuracy, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 8 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Indian River State College in Fort Pierce has been awarded a national grant in the amount of $589,401 for the development and expansion of innovative training programs that lead to jobs in manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math. The four-year federal grant it part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative (TAACCCT). IRSC w ill share in $15 million received by the Florida TRADE consortium of 11 Florida state and community colleges. Grant funds will be used to develop business and education partnerships and create training programs to prepare students for industry certi cations, internships and high-skills, high-wage jobs. IRSC awarded grant to expand job training Home Depot to host free re safety eventThe Home Depot will hold a Fire Safety Event, free to the community Oct. 20 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a free kids workshop and representatives from Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, Okeechobee County Sheriff Department, 4-H, the American Red Cross, the Okeechobee County Health Department, the OSCO K-9 Unit, McGruff the Crime Dog and more. Waste Management’s Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility has been named the winner of the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award in the large business division at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in Palm Beach Gardens. The Sustainable Florida award is the premier state-level recognition for accomplishments and leadership in sustainable development. For more than 15 years, the award has become a respected measure of best performance standards in the integration of environmental, social and economic factors for the long-term sustainability of Florida. The Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility features the most advanced aerated composting technology to process food residuals in South Florida. The facility opened in November 2011 as a result of a forwardthinking partnership between Waste Management, Publix, Florida Power & Light and Garick. “The Sustainable Florida awards honor those who have demonstrated a real sense of care for the environment, recognizing that sustainability is important for economic dev elopment,” said Joe Kilsheimer, an Apopka city commissioner who sits on the Sustainable Florida Board of Directors. “The program is about building for the future, and W aste Management has demonstrated that its focus is clearly on a sustainable future.” Located adjacent to Waste Management’s Okeechobee Land ll, the eight-acre Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility utilizes a forced aeration system with computer controls to regulate air ow and air treatment to process pre-consumer food waste from Publix and Whole Foods stores—including produce, bakery and oral items—with yard waste into organic compost products. “As the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, our customers are asking us to help them meet their sustainability goals,” said Tim Hawkins, area vice president for Waste Management. “We’re very pleased to be honored by Sustainable Florida for our work in developing the Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility.” The Okeechobee facility is permitted to accept up to 30,000 tons per year, including 15,000 tons of food waste and 15,000 tons of yard waste, and is part of Waste Management’s strategy to expand organics recycling in Florida and throughout North America. Garick, a subsidiary of Waste Management and leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of organic lawn and garden products, is producing the lawn and garden products from the Okeechobee composting facility. Okeechobee organics recycling facility honored Special to the Okeechobee News/ Waste ManagementAccepting the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award for Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility are WM Project Manager Karen Sussman, WM Director of Organic Waste Operations Eric Myers, Publix Recycling Manager Kim Brunson, WM Florida Area Vice President Tim Hawkins, WM National Accounts Manager LeighAnn Hayes and Okeechobee Land ll Senior District Manager Tony Bishop.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Walpole Feed & Supply Co.7 7 6 3 6 9 0 5 Hwy 98 North Stop In For All Your Show Feed & Sullivan Show Supplies!! Give Us A Try! Good news about your business? Your civic group? Your community?Tell your own story! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. 9 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Okee-Tantie campground to close Oct. 16; park’s bait shop to close Sept. 30By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission was shorter than many commission meetings and was taken up with routine business. Commissioners approved a contract with Deborah Hooker, an attorney with Conley & Conley, to serve as code enforcement special magistrate for two years from Nov. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2014. For 7 years she served as a General Magistrate for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Compensation will be at the rate of $300 for hearing agendas up to a maximum of 2.5 hours and at the rate of $120 per hour for any time in excess of the 2.5 hours and the rate of $120 per hour for legal research and administrative purposes. It is estimated this contract will cost the county between $2,820 and $3,720. In other action, the board approved the N.E. 80th Avenue culvert project so advertisement for bids can begin and rati ed an emergency approval of a change order for the S.W. 87th Terrace bridge repair project in the amount of $31,365.95. County administrator Robbie Chartier said that Okee-Tantie would close Oct. 16. However the boat ramps, marina and restaurant would remain open. Currently the park has two full time and four part time personnel. Mrs. Chartier said one employee would be retained for maintenance at the park and other county facilities. She said she was concerned about security at the closed park and was considering several security options. Deputy county administrator Jim Threewitts added that the bait shop will close Sept. 30. The inventory of shop and the assets of the park will be redistributed to other county facilities where practical. Snack items will be transferred to the concession stands at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center and some of the golf carts from the park will be transferred to the Okeechobee Agri-Civic center. Mrs. Chartier informed the board that several of the proposed constitutional amendments on the General Election ballot dealing with additional homestead exemptions, if passed, would have an adverse affect on the county's revenue stream. She said the county might want to look at other revenue options in the future other than ad valorum taxes. During the public comment time, Gary Ritter, director of South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center informed commissioners that next month the last phase of the Kissimmee River Restoration would begin. It will involve the section of the Kissimmee from above River Acres to above Lorida. He said that with the high level of Lake Okeechobee, all the locks on the lake were open except the Taylor Creek lock which is closed for renovation. It was originally scheduled to reopen in October. However, Mr. Ritter said the project was behind schedule and would not be completed until Mid November or early December.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com County approves contract for special code magistrate By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man accused of molesting an 8-yearold girl is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail following his arrest Tuesday, April 25. Leonzo F. Paz, 53, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested on one felony count of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child offender over 18, victim under 12. He is being held on $25,000 bond. Detective William Suggs, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO), stated in his arrest report that despite the child's protestations Paz would rub her thigh. The child reportedly told the detective that she would tell the man to stop but he "... kept grabbing her and grabbing her." The man's arrest stemmed from an incident where Paz grabbed the child, hugged her then touched her inappropriately, the detective stated. Man accused of fondling child Leonzo F. Paz Chamber of Commerce offers victim awareness classThe Chamber of Commerce will host a "Refuse to be a Victim¨" crime prevention seminar on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the chamber building. This class is designed primarily for women by the National Ri e Association to provide common sense information geared toward awareness and avoidance of criminal attack. The class will be conducted by Laurinda Garner who is a certi ed NRA instructor. The cost of the class is $35 which includes the workbook and the instruction on carjacking prevention, self-defense training options and other helpful hints for personal security. To sign up for this class, you can access the chamber web site at www.okeechobeebusiness.com. Click on the event calendar, search for Oct. 20, then click on register on-line. You may pay via credit card on-line or via cash or check prior to the date of the class. For information or assistance in signing up, call Mariah at 863-467-6246.

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By Eric KoppOkeechobee News An alert cashier probably saved a Port St. Lucie business owner a lot of money w hen she contacted law enforcement about an 18-yearold who was cashing checks w eekly for $500 to $1,000 per check. After Joseph Thornton had cashed several of the checks the cashier at a local supermarket became concerned, stated an arrest report. The cashier called the bank on which the checks were drawn and w as told the instruments were valid. When she was nally able to contact the business owner, she learned the checks were apparently stolen and being cashed without the owner's permission. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Thornton, N.W. 84th Court, Okeechobee, and Edgar Austin Ochoa, 16, N.W. 96th Court, Okeechobee, were arrested. Thornton was charged with nine felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and six felony counts of grand theft. He is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on $15,000 bond. Ochoa was charged with one felony count of uttering a forged instrument. He was booked into the county jail then released into the custody of a family member. An arrest report by Deputy Cari Arnold, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce, stated that Thornton would go into the store and cash checks drawn on the Port St. Lucie company. The cashier, on Sept. 23, put a "do not cash" order on the cash register to alert other cashiers. However, one of the cashiers did not see the sign and cashed a $500 check presented her by Thornton, stated the arrest report. That check was reportedly drawn on the same PSL company. The rst cashier nally contacted the business owner who told her he did not know Thornton and that Thornton did not have permission to cash his checks, Deputy Arnold pointed out. Then, on Sept. 25, Thornton and Ochoa entered the supermarket and Ochoa allegedly gave the cashier a $500 check drawn on that same company. Telling the juvenile that she had to go get cash, stated the report, the cashier went into the of ce and called the business owner who said he did not know Ochoa. At that point, the cashier called the sheriff's of ce. According to Deputy Arnold the business owner is missing an entire book of checks as well as ve additional instruments. He has since led a complaint with the Port St. Lucie Police Department about the missing checks. In all, Deputy Arnold said Thornton received a total of $3,000 from checks he cashed at the supermarket. Deputy Arnold said this case has been turned over to the OCSO Criminal Investigations Division and the investigation is continuing. Two Okeechobee teens accused of forging checks 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 PENTECOSTAL PENTECOSTAL EPISCOPALYou are welcome to come visit and enjoy the traditional worship and music. Come and share in the word of GodTrinityFreeWillBaptistChurchSunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Sunday Bible Study 6:00 pm Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm Pastor : Thomas Dees 1840 N.E. 39th Blvd (Cemetery Rd) Okeechobee, Florida 34972 Telephone: 863-763-4962 BAPTIST Wednesday Night Service 7 pm Tuesday: 7 till 8pm (You are invited) Prayer Service Special prayers for special needs drop off to us or email them to pastor@okeechobeecog.com 301 NE 4th Ave. • (863) 763-41272 Blocks Behind the McDonalds on SE 70EChildren and Youth classes are Available Sunday Morning and Wednesdays Where the SON is always shining! OPEN 6-4 M-F ServingCall your order in, free delivery or pickup at window. 763-4127 or Dine in with free Wi-Fi. Go to Okeechobeecog.com and click SonRise Cafe for menuWOW! There is nothing like it in town! at Okeechobee Church of God301 NE 4th Ave., Okeechobee 2 blocks behind the McDonalds on SE 70E Sunday Services8:30 & 10:45 CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR“Come worship with us”Sunday 8 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Mass in English 12:30 pm Holy Eucharist Mass in Spanish Wednesday 6 pm Holy Eucharist Service Visit our website at www.okeecoos.com200 NW 3rd Street 863-763-4843 10 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Edgar Austin Ochoa Joseph Thornton The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County S heriff's Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida H ighway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC). James David Gruber, 22, N.W. 132nd St., Salt Springs, was arrested Sept. 24 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on warrants charging him with the felonies of amended violation of probation criminal use of personal identi cation ( ve counts), amended violation of probation grand theft (six counts) and amended violation of probation burglary of a conveyance (three counts). He is being held without bond. Lee Crowell, 27, N.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 24 by DOC's Michael White on a charge of violation of probation lewd and lascivious molestation offender over 18, victim 12-16 years of age. He is being held without bond. Ethan Anthony Cappiello, 21, S. Bridge St., LaBelle, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felonies of v iolation of probation burglary of a structure, violation of probation grand theft and the misdemeanor violation of probation criminal mischief. He is being held without bond. William Harvey Gulkis, 24, Hines Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Fred Bradley on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (two counts). His bond was set at $200,000. Brandon Nolan, 23, U.S. 441 S., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 25 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him with the felony of violation of probation possession of marijuana over 20 grams. He is being held without bond on that charge. Gulkis was also arrested on three misdemeanor counts of resisting a law enforcement of cer without violence. His bond on those charges was set at $5,000. Vickie Lynn Johnson, 44, Ninth St., Buckhead Ridge, was arrested Sept. 25 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $6,000. Justin Brown Chism, 23, N.E. 48th St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Steven Pollock on Palm Beach County warrants charging him with the felonies of failure to appear dealing in stolen property and failure to appear giving false veri cation of ownership to a pawnbroker (two counts). He is being held without bond. Gregorio Nicholas Hunt, 19, N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by Deputy Matthew Hurst on a warrant charging him with the felonies of violation of probation possession of oxycodone with intent to sell/deliver, violation of probation possession of alprazolam with intent to sell/ deliver and violation of probation possession of marijuana with intent to sell/deliver. He is being held without bond. Heath Aubrey Phillips, 25, S.E. 35th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Sept. 26 by the OCSO Street Crimes Unit on a Pennsylvania fugitive warrant charging him with the felonies of criminal conspiracy robbery, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, simple assault and theft by unlawful taking. He is being held without bond. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. A rrest Report

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 CAC014022 Offers expire 11/30/2012. *Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. **See dealer for details. 2012 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses. 11 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleJunior RodeoKatie, the daughter of Terry and Melissa McKay was one of the youngsters competing in pole bending during the Florida Junior Rodeo event held last weekend at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Special to the Okeechobee News/ RSCAIn recognitionStudents, teachers, and parents at Rock Solid Christian Academy gather for prayer at the ag pole in recognition of "See You at the Pole." The recognition event is held each year. This year's annual commemoration ceremony was held on Wednesday, Sept. 26 as a student prayer day remembered around the world. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OCASee You At The PoleStudents at Okeechobee Christian proudly participated in See You At The Pole, an anuunal global day of student-led prayer, on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

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Indian River State College has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses and to ensure their success as students. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the commitment of Indian River State College to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and V ice President of Victory Media. IRSC provides a wide range of services for veterans including assistance obtaining nancial aid and certifying enrollment for the Montgomery GI Bill, VRAP and Vocational and Rehabilitation Employment Program. The College holds orientation sessions to explain veterans education bene ts and college processes, provides referrals to state and federal agencies and offers free career planning, advisement and tutoring services. IRSC student veterans bene t from joining the Student Veterans Organization. The Veteran’s Business Institute offers students the opportunity to earn a business certi cate in a cohort group with other veterans, and to continue their education with an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in a supportive environment. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. More information can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. For more information about IRSC programs for veterans call 1-866-792-4772. Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college serving Florida’s Research Coast with campuses in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach. IRSC has earned a statewide and national reputation for quality, innovation and responsiveness to community needs, inspiring over 32,000 people to enroll in courses each year. Every aspects of IRSC is focused on enhancing student success with small classes, one-stop student services, convenient campuses and online courses, resulting in the College’s ranking as the 10th top public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Tuition is affordable, and IRSC students bene t from many opportunities for scholarships and nancial aid. IRSC was designated as the 5th Most Affordable College in the country by the US Department of Education. IRSC gets designation as military friendly school 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 October 3, 2012Hours: Wed – Sat 10am – 4pm863-824-0484Our Sister’s Place, Inc.THRIFT STORE3182 Highway 441 SE • Okeechobee501c3 charity bene ts victims of domestic violence EIN 20-0932817 13 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ CESCES Students of the WeekCentral Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of students selected as Students of the Week for the week of Sept. 17 including: Alex Castanida, Juan Landeverde, Leo Edouard, Jose Garcia, Bryan GuzmanPortillo, Kalea Whalen, Cayden Durrance, Josaiah Harris, Brandy Sumner, Landon Arrants, Milagros Santibanez, Vincent Cantalini, Isaiah Pippin, Priscilla Velazquez, Rye Dioquino, Kaylen Yarbrough, Edith Morales, Janessa Whidden, Alex Medina, Dylan Gabor, So a Zapata, Vanessa Johnson, Chloe Carter, Cristina Trejo, Saul Antunez, Joshua Jenkins, Casen Yates, Stephanie Yanez and Lauren Sills. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SESSES Students of the WeekCongratulations to the Students of the Week at South Elementary School for the week of Sept. 10-14. They are: Thalia Svatora, Taylor Whipple, Island Hebel Hoover, Emma Jimmerson, Chase Russell, Tamarion Kinsler, Isabelle Wildey, Carson Click, Anna Robinson, Jasmine Desai, Dyllen Halcomb, Victor Navarro, Skyler Varnadore, Joy Whipple, Lizette Sanchez, Sarah Dodd, Victoria Garcia, Kayla Dean, Yesenia Leon, Cameron Campbell, Tristan Robinson and Carmela Garcia.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HEALTH RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS CANCERworrying you?Do you need to talk about it?Big Lake Cancer Center Call: 863.467.9500 FREE Hour Counseling Session Raulerson Primary Care 202 NE 2nd Ave Okeechobee, FL 863-467-2159 Jose Villarreal, D.O.is a Family Medicine Doctor who is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Of“ ce Hours: Closed for Lunch 12-1Accepting New Patients of all agesraulersonprimarycare.com FAMILY MEDICINE RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS Cancer Scare? From Diagnosis to Treatmen t, We are Here for You Okeechobee Cancer Center301 NE 19th Avenue • Okeechobee 863.357.1395 • 772.202.0151Free Second Opinions • Courtesy Transportation • Free ConsultationThe only ones on the Treasure Coast with a Pet/CT simulator All insurance accepted including Medicaid florida.newszap.com Come see for yourself!Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Courtesy Raulerson Primary Care J ose Villarreal, D.O., member of the Raulerson Primary Care team and graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is certi“ed in Family Medicine by the A merican Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He treats all ages from newborn to the eldery. Dr. Villarreal tries to give the best care possible to his patients and can refer them to a specialist if necessary. He does sport physicals and preventive care. Dr. Villarreal treats such medical conditions as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. About one in every four Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to WebMD. High blood pressure can threaten healthy arteries and contribute to heart disease and stroke. One thing that makes high blood Jose Villarreal, D.O., board certi ed in Family Medicine pressure so dangerous is that you may not know you have it because there are generally no symptoms. Therefore, you should have your blood pressure checked regularly. Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle of exercise and eating well balanced meals in the proper amounts. A variety of factors including diet, exercise, age and herdity can affect cholesterol levels. Dr. Villarreals of“ce is located at 202 N.E. Second Ave, and the hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 5pm and on Friday from 8am to 4pm. The of“ce is closed for lunch every day from noon to 1pm. For an appointment, please call 863.467.2159. 14 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 REHAB THERAPY/ NURSING HOME Family-Owned &Operated, OHCF has been Providing Rehab & Residential Care to Okeechobee & the Surrounding Communities Since 1984 Stimulating &Fun Daily Activities OPHTHALMOLOGY/ OPTOMETRY/OPTICAL HEALTHCARE Caring for Those You Care About UROLOGY DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.Board Certi“ ed In UrologySpecializing in: 215 N.E. 19th Dr. • Okeechobee 863-763-0217 GYNECOLOGIST All Major Insurances Accepted Email: drbradfield@earthlink.net MRI FAMILY MEDICINE (863) 357-6030Yasmin Akhtar,MD Accepting New Patients!Most Insurance Accepted Specialty Trained/Board Certi ed Radiologists The Best is Right Here! Okeechobee’s FINEST Open MRI OPEN MRIOF OKEECHOBEE 2 Blocks North of CVS Drugstore115 NE 3rd St. Suite A 863-824-6736 2012-2013 Medical Information GuideThe area’s premiere medical and health information resource(863) 763-3134okeeadsales@newszap.com To feature your business in this informative section, contact a sales representative today 15 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012

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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Important Information: Please read your ad carefully the first day it appears. In case of an inadvertent error, please notify us prior to the deadline listed. We will not be responsible for more than 1 incorrect insertion, or for more than the extent of the ad rendered valueless by such errors. Advertiser assumes responsibility for all statements, names and content of an ad, and assumes responsibility for any claims against Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA. All advertising is subject to publisher’s approval. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any or all copy, and to insert above the copy the word “advertisement”. All ads accepted are subject to credit approval. All ads must conform to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA style and are restricted to their proper classifications. Some classified categories require advance payment. These classifications are denoted with an asterisk *. Garage/ Yard SalesSAT. 9/29, 8am-?, 3371 South Highway 441 (in front of Tractor Supply). Exercise equip., hunting items, pocket knives, kids clothes & toys, womens clothes & much more! We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-634-7311 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds SERVICE TECHNICIAN & SERVICE ADVISOR WANTED with the following quali cations:• Experienced Technician, Diesel, ASE Certi cation Preferred. • Service Advisor must have good people skills. Sound work ethic. Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our service team, contact James Jackson • NO Phone Calls Apply within • Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 8am 5pm • Sat 8am 1pm 4224 Hwy 441 S.Okeechobee EOE/DFWP NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Harvest Hometown IGA in Moore Haven, will be accepting applications for all positions this weekend in front of the store. Produce department Dairy department Cashiers Stockers Baggers Scan Coordinator (Former USave building-850 Ave I) Sat. 9/29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun. 9/30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registered Pharmacy Technician needed Call evenings (863)634-9331 Employment Full Time Employment Full TimeDRIVER/WAREHOUSE WORKER Established business in. Okeechobee is looking for a driver/warehouse worker. MUST have a clean driving record, CDL a plus but not required. Experience is preferred. FAX resume to 863-763-2253. Employment Full Time DRIVER NEEDED for a Company in Hendry County, must have a FL CDL Class B license w/Hazmat. Great bene ts: guaranteed 45 hr/week, quarterly bonus, health Ins., employer paid short & long term disability, life ins., & 401K with matching employer contributions, & competitive wages. Email resume & quali cations to: resume381@gmail.com.Gas attendant and maintenance person for new Turnpike C-storeFort Drum Shell is seeking a customer service attendant with maintenance experience to assist customers and help keep our new store and gas station in top shape. The successful applicant will have a positive attitude, good customer service skills, be able to make minor repairs and perform janitorial duties. Must be presentable and dependable. Our new facility at the Ft. Drum service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike will be nished soon. Join our team now. Starting pay will be $9 to $10/hour depending on quali cations plus mileage pay. Drug screen and background check required. Apply in person at the Shell gas station, mile marker 184, Florida’s Turnpike. 863-763-9383 Receptionist Doctor’s of ce front desk positionMust have excellent people skills, computer knowledge and high energy level. Applications available at: 280 SW 32nd Street For questions please call: (863)763-2400 Employment Part TimeRelief Driver Needed CDL Class A, Canker endorsement. Call Monday Friday 9 am till 3 pm 863-467-9800 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. Call Leslie for excavation needs. (863)763-9330 or (863)634-7659. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Pets/SuppliesMini Dachshund 6 mo blacktan male $200.00. (863)801-6144 Miniature Schnauzer Puppy 10 week old Male, Salt and Pepper Merle. Health Certi cate, 1 set of shots and Registration Papers. $500.00/firm. (863)447-7416 TINY Chihuahua 1 yr old F, tan $200.00. (863)801-6144 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. 16 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012

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Public Notice NOTICE OF OUA MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Authority Of ces, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The needs of hearing or visually impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Executive Director’s Of ce at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for such verbatim record. BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY John F. Hayford Executive Director 427281 ON 9/28/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD160 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 618 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 32 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 32 20 34S 33E 1-20-34-33-0A00-00032-F000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426413 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE On October 13, 2012 @ 10:00 AM, there will be sold to the highest bidder At the premises of SABAL PALM SELF STORAGE, 14040 Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 (Landlord) the contents of storage spaces rented by Tenants, for failure to pay rent due on the spaces. Sealed bids will be accepted until the day of the sale. The contents of the spaces consist of personal property including household goods, furnishings, clothing, boxes, bags, and totes, and other miscellaneous property. The names of the tenants whose property will be sold are: 1. Darine Vayda minimum bid $375 Sabal Palm Self Storage 863-357-1110 426955 ON 9/21,28/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD161 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 627 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 5 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 05 21 34S 33E 1-21-34-33-0A00-00005-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426418 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD165 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1438 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 32 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 32 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00032-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CFS PROPERTIES INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426426 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Miscellaneous1980 CHEVY ENGINE WHITH FIVE SPEED STANDARD COMPLETE AND A GEAR TO GEAR STAND A LONG TRANSFER CASE GREAT FOR MUD BOG TRUCK OR HOMEMADE MUDDER SET OF 24 1600 RIMS ONE GOOD TIRE 700 DOLLARS ALL (864)634-5717 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 BEAUTIFUL 2 Bedroom CBS, Large kitchen, new carpet, screen room, utility room. $700 mo. includes water, lawn and garbage. (863)467-2784. EFFICIENCY 1BR furnished, for 1 person, Includes Utilities $500 per mo. 1yr lease & sec. dep. Available immediately Call 863-634-8885. FULLY FURNISHED: All utilities paid. On water. Quiet neighborhood. Adult complex. No children or pets. (863)357-2044 for appointment. KINGS BAY Nice Twnhs. 2 br/1ba, Tiled oors. Inclds Water. $675/mo. + dep. Pool & Tennis Court. 863-763-7030 or 561-358-8128. Motel Alternative 2bedroon/1 bath Kings Bay Completely Furnished, by the week or the month for more information Call 863-634-8331 NW OKEE: 2 Bedroom A partments available on quiet street. Pets welcome. $650mo.,$700mo. and $750mo. 1st, last & $500 sec. 561-346-1642 V IKING/PRAIRIE 1 BR Apartment. Very clean! $650/mo. Incl. utils. No pets. Call Ron 561-329-8205. Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 1br. Condo on ground oor with utilities included. Unfurnished. Pool access. $750 month. Many units to choose from. (863) 634-0663. Houses Rent1004 SE 8th Drive Newly Remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath $650.00 All appliances, tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy Last, security, references. Chris 863-447-3282 anytime $599/ 3 brBEST VALUE ON MARKET (OKEECHOBEE COUNTY) 3 bedroom, 2 bath situated on beautiful Ranch. Newer interior upgrades, paint, carpet, ooring, etc. Water, trash, pest control and lawn service included. Call Monday Friday: 863-467-9800. NO PETS Approx 12 minutes Northeast of town center. Beautiful Home in town 2bd /1 ba, Big Yard, $700.00 mo. 1st and last. Call for more information 863-801-4382. CBS Home 3/2 with a den and car garage. $1050 a month. (954) 303-9804. FOR RENT: NICELY FURNISHED DUPLEX IN KINGS BAY1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH W/ONE CAR GARAGE WASHER DRYER DISHWASHER. LONG OR SHORT TERM. 863-447-0742 FOR RENT: WATERFRONT UNFURNISHED DUPLEX-2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH, SEPARATE DINING ROOM & SCREENED PORCH. 863-447-0742 In Town OkeechobeeOn an estate, 2 Br./1 Ba., W/D hookup, lawn serv., Non smkg. Envrnmt. Small pets ok. $700/mo. 1st, last, & $300 security. Call 941-504-3954. OKEECHOBEE 3BR/ 1BA Duplex, W/D hookup, central a/c & heat. $625 mo. + $500 sec. (863)763-4414. ON RIM CANAL Modern brick w/tile, 3BR, 2.5 BA, boat dock. $850/mo. Call 772-359-1640. Office Space RentDowntown OkeechobeeOf ce Space starting at $350. 1200 Sq. Ft. Store Front also available. Park Street Of ce Suites (863)634-7622 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home RentBUCKHEAD RIDGE Dbl. Wide 2BR, 2BA, C/Air. $500 mo. Large 3BR, 2BA, C/Air. $550 mo. No pets. Yearly lease, plus sec. (863)763-4031 Okee3bd/1.5ba on the water $850/mo, 1bd cottage $450/mo, 1bd MH w/ detached CBS 2 room on 1/4 acre $475/ mo, 2bd/1ba MH $450/mo. 1st & sec. some include water. Call 561-346-4692 Mobile HomeSale BUCKHEAD RIDGE $57,000 OBO Appraised at $64,000. MOBILE HOME W/PROPERTY, 2BD/2BA, FLORIDA ROOM, DECK OVER CANAL, MANY EXTRAS. 863-467-5527 Dble wide, Brick enclosed surveyed and sprayed, screen enclosed diving pool, of ce, screened porch and utility room, stainless appliances sub-zero frig, shop and storage, 3bd/3ba, fenced on 1/2 acre in Lakeport. $129,000 call 573-718-8074 or 573-718-3624 Palm Harbor Village Red Tag Sale Over 10 Stock Units Must Go New Homes Start at $39,900 800-622-2832 ext 210 Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. Earn some extra cash. Sell your used items in the classifieds Shop here first! The classified ads Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Travel TrailersTravel Trailer 2001 Cameo by Carriage 5th wheel Trailer. 2 slides $7,000.00/or best offer. (863)447-7416. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Automobiles2004 Chevrolet Impala V-6, good shape, runs great. Call for more information. 863-763-5888 Classic Cars1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Automatic, T-tops, Antique plate. $12,000 /or best offer (863)610-1276NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD158 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 427 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 6 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 06 15 34S 33E 1-15-34-33-0A00-00006-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426404 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD155 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 75 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 1 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 1 & W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 1 09 34S 33E 1-09-34-33-0A00-00001-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CFS PROPERTIES INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426401 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? The classifieds are the most successful salesperson in town. 17 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself!

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL LANDOWNERS AND REGULAR MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL OWNERS OF LANDS LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THAT, PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A MEETING OF THE LANDOWNERS OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012 AT 9:00 A.M. AT THE ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA 34972, FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: 1. ELECT ONE SUPERVISOR; 2. RECEIVING ANNUAL REPORTS AND TAKING SUCH ACTION WITH RESPECT THERETO AS THE LANDOWNERS MAY DETERMINE; AND 3. TRANSACTING SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE THE BOARD. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETING AT 9:30A.M. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 426694 ON 9/21,28/2012 Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD162 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 704 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT C OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 10 22 34S 33E 1-22-34-33-0A00-00010-C000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426416 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD157 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 249 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 19 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 19 12 34S 33E 1-12-34-33-0A00-00019-G000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M ., on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426403 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD163 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 767 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT J OF TRACT 5 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 05 23 34S 33E 1-23-34-33-0A00-00005-J000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC. Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426419 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD164 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 1431 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT M OF TRACT 31 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 31 36 34S 33E 1-36-34-33-0A00-00031-M000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426422 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD156 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 198 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOT O OF TRACT 21 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 21 11 34S 33E 1-11-34-33-0A00-00021-O000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CHL HOLDINGS INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012. SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426402 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 18 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 ACROSS 1 Chuck E. Cheeses order 6 Disaster response gp. 10 Eric the Reds birth year, roughly 13 Lets go 14 Conscious 15 A likely story!Ž 16 Celtic quaffs? 18 Old cereal box letters 19 __-Caps 20 Anderson of Jethro Tull 21 Pyle portrayer 23 Composer Stravinsky 25 Words of affection from Luigi 26 Club ingredient 28 Astronaut Grissom 29 Seed alternative 30 Caribbean baby animal? 32 Impudent 34 Senescent 35 Refinery input 36 Escape to Vegas, maybe 37 __ life!Ž 38 Arabian guy? 40 Withdrawal concern 41 911 response initials 42 Hardly local 43 70s TV cop played by Robert Blake 45 Assorted: Abbr. 46 Farewells overseas 47 Dinghy thingy 48 Electrical sound 51 Lighting brand 52 East Asian petŽ? 56 __ you nuts?Ž 57 Matching 58 Agony and ecstasy 59 Dorm agts. 60 640 acres: Abbr. 61 Opposite of lanky DOWN 1 Cpl.s subordinates 2 __ (So Far Away)Ž: 1982 hit for A Flock of Seagulls 3 Reset 4 Letter from London 5 __ was saying ...Ž 6 McGregor of The Men Who Stare at GoatsŽ 7 Feb. sentiment 8 Circus sites 9 French Oscar 10 Y for men only? 11 Iberian bridge? 12 Capital ENE of Kathmandu 14 Way out yonder 17 Shreks love 22 Like much Hawaiian lava 23 Complaint while groping 24 Some Chinese restaurant decor 25 Dice and ice, often 26 Mesopotamian savings plan? 27 Earhart et al. 28 Spiritual leaders 30 It may be tipped 31 One commonly follows saidŽ 32 Naval acronym 33 Japanese dough 39 Stone monument 41 And those following, in footnotes 43 King with a trunk 44 Old TV parts 45 Knights protection 47 Ventura County resort 48 Contemporary of Mao 49 Operatic slave 50 Its behind us 53 Elemental suffix 54 MLB execs 55 Chantilly crower By Scott Atkinson (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 04/08/11 04/08/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle florida.newszap.com When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. 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NO. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HEALTH CARE SERVICES.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service. Speci“es that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with speci“city the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Health care services.„ (a) To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for their own health care: (1) A law or rule may not compel, directly or indirectly, any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage. (2) A person or an employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for paying directly for lawful health care services. A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties or taxes for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services. (b) The private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service may not be abolished by law or rule. (c) This section does not: (1) Affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide. (2) Affect which health care services are permitted by law. (3) Prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers compensation. (4) Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010. (5) Affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services, except that this section may not be construed to prohibit any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other provider agreement contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. (6) Affect any general law passed by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature after the effective date of this section, if the law states with speci“city the public necessity that justi“es an exception from this section. (d) As used in this section, the term: (1) CompelŽ includes the imposition of penalties or taxes. (2) Direct paymentŽ or pay directlyŽ means payment for lawful health care services without a public or private third party, not including an employer, paying for any portion of the service. (3) Health care systemŽ means any public or private entity whose function or purpose is the management of, processing of, enrollment of individuals for, or payment, in full or in part, for health care services, health care data, or health care information for its participants. (4) Lawful health care servicesŽ means any health-related service or treatment, to the extent that the service or treatment is permitted or not prohibited by law or regulation at the time the service or treatment is rendered, which may be provided by persons or businesses otherwise permitted to offer such services. (5) Penalties or taxesŽ means any civil or criminal penalty or “ne, tax, salary or wage withholding or surcharge, or named fee with a similar effect established by law or rule by an agency established, created, or controlled by the government which is used to punish or discourage the exercise of rights protected under this section. For purposes of this section only, the term rule by an agencyŽ may not be construed to mean any negotiated provision in any insurance contract, network agreement, or other p rovider a g reement contractuall y limitin g copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. NO. 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006 is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Veterans disabled due to combat injury; homestead property tax discount.„The amendment to subsection (e) of Section 6 of Article VII relating to the homestead property tax discount for veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 1 and 19 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE GOVERNMENT REVENUE LIMITATION.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment to the State Constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on in”ation and population changes. Under the amendment, state revenues, as de“ned in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will “rst apply to the 20142015 state “scal year. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 1. Taxation; appropriations; state expenses; state revenue limitation.„ (a) No tax shall be levied except in pursuance of law. No state ad valorem taxes shall be levied upon real estate or tangible personal property. All other forms of taxation shall be preempted to the state except as provided by general law. (b) Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as de“ned by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes. (c) No money shall be drawn from the treasury except in pursuance of appropriation made by law. (d) Provision shall be made by law for raising suf“cient revenue to defray the expenses of the state for each “scal period. (e) Except as provided herein, state revenues collected for any “scal year shall be limited to state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year plus an adjustment for growth. As used in this subsection, growthŽ means an amount equal to the average annual rate of growth in Florida personal income over the most recent twenty quarters times the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year. For the 1995-1996 “scal year, the state revenues allowed under this subsection for the prior “scal year shall equal the state revenues collected for the 1994-1995 “scal year. Florida personal income shall be determined by the legislature, from information available from the United States Department of Commerce or its successor on the “rst day of February prior to the beginning of the “scal year. State revenues collected for any “scal year in excess of this limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be refunded to taxpayers as provided by general law. State revenues allowed under this subsection for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature in a separate bill that contains no other subject and that sets forth the dollar amount by which the state revenues allowed will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventytwo hours after the third reading of the bill. For purposes of this subsection, state revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund elective expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lottery returned as prizes; receipts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, licenses, fees, and charges for services required to be imposed by any amendment or revision to this constitution after July 1, 1994. An adjustment to the revenue limitation shall be made by general law to re”ect the “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government. The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this subsection. SECTION 19. State revenue limitation.„ (a) STATE REVENUE LIMITATION.„Except as provided in this section, state revenues collected in any “scal year are limited as follows: (1) For the 2014-2015 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenues collected during the 2013-2014 “scal year multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus four one-hundredths. (2) For the 2015-2016 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2014-2015 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus three one-hundredths. (3) For the 2016-2017 “scal year, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2015-2016 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus two one-hundredths. (4) For the 2017-2018 “scal y ear state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for “scal year 2016-2017 multiplied by the sum of the adjustment for growth plus one one-hundredth. (5) For the 2018-2019 “scal year and thereafter, state revenues are limited to an amount equal to the state revenue limitation for the previous “scal year multiplied by the adjustment for growth. (6) The adjustment for growth for a “scal year shall be determined by March 1 preceding the “scal year using the latest information available. Once the adjustment for growth is determined for a “scal year, it may not be changed based on revisions to the information used to make the determination. (b) REVENUES IN EXCESS OF THE LIMITATION.„State revenues collected in any “scal year in excess of the revenue limitation shall be transferred to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches the maximum balance speci“ed in Section 19(g) of Article III, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum “nancial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education “nance program, or, if the minimum “nancial effort is no longer required, returned to taxpayers as provided by general law. (c) AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„ (1) The state revenue limitation for any “scal year may be increased by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Unless otherwise provided by the bill increasing the revenue limitation, the increased revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. (2) The state revenue limitation for any one “scal year may be increased by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house of the legislature. Increases to the revenue limitation enacted under this paragraph must be disregarded when determining the revenue limitation in subsequent “scal years. (3) A bill increasing the revenue limitation may not contain any other subject and must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. The vote may not be taken less than seventy-two hours after the third reading in either house of the legislature of the bill in the form that will be presented to the governor. (d) AUTHORITY OF THE ELECTORS TO INCREASE THE REVENUE LIMITATION.„The legislature may propose an increase in the state revenue limitation pursuant to a concurrent resolution enacted by a three-“fths vote of the membership of each house. The proposed increase shall be submitted to the electors at the next general election held more than ninety days after the resolution is “led with the custodian of state records. However, the legislature may submit the proposed increase at an earlier special election held more than ninety days after it is “led with the custodian of state records pursuant to a law enacted by the af“rmative vote of three-fourths of the membership of each house of the legislature. The resolution must set forth the dollar amount by which the state revenue limitation will be increased. Unless otherwise provided in the resolution, the increased revenue limitation shall be used to determine the revenue limitation for future “scal years. The proposed increase shall take effect if it is approved by a vote of at least 60 percent of the electors voting on the matter. (e) REVENUE LIMIT ADJUSTMENT BY THE LEGISLATURE.„The legislature shall provide by general law for adjustments to the state revenue limitation to re”ect: (1) The “scal impact of transfers of responsibility for the funding of governmental functions between the state and other levels of government occurring after May 6, 2011; or (2) The “scal impact of a new federal mandate. (f) GENERAL LAW IMPLEMENTATION.„The legislature shall, by general law, prescribe procedures necessary to administer this section. (g) DEFINITIONS.„As used in this section, the term: (1) Adjustment for growthŽ means an amount equal to the average for the previous “ve years of the product of the in”ation factor and the population factor. (2) In”ation factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in the calendar year annual average of the Consumer Price Index. The term Consumer Price IndexŽ means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, U.S. city average (not seasonally adjusted, current base for all items), as published by the United States Department of Labor. In the event the index ceases to exist, the legislature shall determine the successor index by general law. (3) Population factorŽ means an amount equal to one plus the percent change in population of the state as of April 1 compared to April 1 of the prior year. For purposes of calculating the annual rate of change in population, the states of“cial population estimates shall be used. (4) State revenuesŽ means taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by the legislature on individuals, businesses, or agencies outside state government. However, the term state revenuesŽ does not include: revenues that are necessary to meet the requirements set forth in documents authorizing the issuance of bonds by the state for bonds issued before July 1, 2012; revenues that are used to provide matching funds for the federal Medicaid program with the exception of the revenues used to support the Public Medical Assistance Trust Fund or its successor program and with the exception of state matching funds used to fund optional expansions made after July 1, 1994; proceeds from the state lotter y returned as p rizes ; recei p ts of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and Citizens Property Insurance Corporation; receipts of public universities and colleges; balances carried forward from prior “scal years; taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services imposed by local, regional, or school district governing bodies; or revenue from taxes, fees, licenses, “nes, and charges for services authorized by any amendment or revision to this constitution after May 6, 2011. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. State revenue limitation.„The amendment to Section 1 and the creation of Section 19 of Article VII, revising the state revenue limitation, and this section take effect upon approval by the electors and apply beginning in the 2014-2015 state “scal year. NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 4, 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTIONS 27, 32, 33 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROPERTY TAX LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT INCREASES; DELAY OF SCHEDULED REPEAL.„ Ballot Summary: (1) This would amend Florida Constitution Article VII, Section 4 (Taxation; assessments) and Section 6 (Homestead exemptions). It also would amend Article XII, Section 27, and add Sections 32 and 33, relating to the Schedule for the amendments. (2) In certain circumstances, the law requires the assessed value of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property to increase when the just value of the property decreases. Therefore, this amendment provides that the Legislature may, by general law, provide that the assessment of homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property may not increase if the just value of that property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1, subject to any adjustment in the assessed value due to changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property which are assessed as provided for by general law. This amendment takes effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. (3) This amendment reduces from 10 percent to 5 percent the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property. This amendment takes effect upon approval of the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (4) This amendment also authorizes general law to provide, subject to conditions speci“ed in such law, an additional homestead exemption to every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in the Florida Constitution within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the Florida homestead exemption applied. The additional homestead exemption shall apply to all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional homestead exemption may not exceed an amount equal to the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for the shorter of 5 years or the year of sale of the property. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Article VII, Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one such exemption shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if approved by the voters at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if approved by the voters at the 2012 general elec-tion. The additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. The amendment shall take effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (5) This amendment also delays until 2023, the repeal, currently scheduled to take effect in 2019, of constitutional amendments adopted in 2008 which limit annual assessment increases for speci“ed nonhomestead real property. This amendment delays until 2022 the submission of an amendment proposing the abrogation of such repeal to the voters. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.„By general law regulations shall be prescribed which shall secure a just valuation of all property for ad valorem taxation, provided: (a) Agricultural land, land producing high water recharge to Floridas aquifers, or land used exclusively for noncommercial recreational purposes may be classi“ed b y g eneral law and assessed solel y on the basis of character or use. (b) As provided by general law and subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable de“nitions speci“ed therein, land used for conservation purposes shall be classi“ed by general law and assessed solely on the basis of character or use. (c) Pursuant to general law tangible personal property held for sale as stock in trade and livestock may be valued for taxation at a speci“ed percentage of its value, may be classi“ed for tax purposes, or may be exempted from taxation. (d) All persons entitled to a homestead exemption under Section 6 of this Article shall have their homestead assessed at just value as of January 1 of the year following the effective date of this amendment. This assessment shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall change be changed annually on January 1 1st of each year.; but those changes in assessments a. A change in an assessment may shall not exceed the lower of the following: 1.a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment for the prior year. 2.b. The percent change in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S. City Average, all items 1967=100, or a successor index reports for the preceding calendar year as initially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. b. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a any change of ownership, as provided by general law, homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 of the following year, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) New homestead property shall be assessed at just value as of January 1 1st of the year following the establishment of the homestead, unless the provisions of paragraph (8) apply. That assessment shall only change only as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to homestead property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; provided, However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (6) In the event of a termination of homestead status, the property shall be assessed as provided by general law. (7) The provisions of this subsection amendment are severable. If a provision any of the provisions of this subsection is amendment shall be held unconstitutional by a any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the such court does shall not affect or impair any remaining provisions of this subsection amendment (8)a. A person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2009, or January 1 of any subsequent year and who has received a homestead exemption pursuant to Section 6 of this Article as of January 1 of either of the 2 two years immediately preceding the establishment of a the new homestead is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value. If this revision is approved in January of 2008, a person who establishes a new homestead as of January 1, 2008, is entitled to have the new homestead assessed at less than just value only if that person received a homestead exemption on January 1, 2007. The assessed value of the newly established homestead shall be determined as follows: 1. If the just value of the new homestead is greater than or equal to the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be the just value of the new homestead minus an amount equal to the lesser of $500,000 or the difference between the just value and the assessed value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. 2. If the just value of the new homestead is less than the just value of the prior homestead as of January 1 of the year in which the prior homestead was abandoned, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be equal to the just value of the new homestead divided by the just value of the prior homestead and multiplied by the assessed value of the prior homestead. However, if the difference between the just value of the new homestead and the assessed value of the new homestead calculated pursuant to this sub-subparagraph is greater than $500,000, the assessed value of the new homestead shall be increased so that the difference between the just value and the assessed value equals $500,000. Thereafter, the homestead shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. b. By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature shall provide for application of this paragraph to property owned by more than one person. (e) The legislature may, by general law, for assessment purposes and subject to the provisions of this subsection, allow counties and municipalities to authorize by ordinance that historic property may be assessed solely on the basis of character or use. Such character or use assessment shall apply only to the jurisdiction adopting the ordinance. The requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. (f) A county may, in the manner prescribed by general law, provide for a reduction in the assessed value of homestead p ro p ert y to the extent of an y increase in the assessed value of that property which results from the construction or reconstruction of the property for the purpose of providing living quarters for one or more natural or adoptive grandparents or parents of the owner of the property or of the owners spouse if at least one of the grandparents or parents for whom the living quarters are provided is 62 years of age or older. Such a reduction may not exceed the lesser of the following: (1) The increase in assessed value resulting from construction or reconstruction of the property. (2) Twenty percent of the total assessed value of the property as improved. (g) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of residential real property, as de“ned by general law, which contains nine units or fewer and which is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (4), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) After a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of a legal entity that owns the property, such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (h) For all levies other than school district levies, assessments of real property that is not subject to the assessment limitations set forth in subsections (a) through (d) and (g) shall change only as provided in this subsection. (1) Assessments subject to this subsection shall be changed annually on the date of assessment provided by law. However,; but those changes in assessments may shall not exceed 5 ten percent (10%) of the assessment for the prior year. The legislature may provide by general law that, except for changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to property assessed as provided in paragraph (5), an assessment may not increase if the just value of the property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding date of assessment provided by law. (2) An No assessment may not shall exceed just value. (3) The legislature must provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a qualifying improvement, as de“ned by general law, is made to such property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (4) The legislature may provide that such property shall be assessed at just value as of the next assessment date after a change of ownership or control, as de“ned by general law, including any change of ownership of the legal entity that owns the property. Thereafter, such property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (5) Changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property shall be assessed as provided for by general law.; However, after the adjustment for any change, addition, reduction, or improvement, the property shall be assessed as provided in this subsection. (i) The legislature, by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, may prohibit the consideration of the following in the determination of the assessed value of real property used for residential purposes: (1) Any change or improvement made for the purpose of improving the propertys resistance to wind damage. (2) The installation of a renewable energy source device. (j)(1) The assessment of the following working waterfront properties shall be based upon the current use of the property: a. Land used predominantly for commercial “shing purposes. b. Land that is accessible to the public and used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable. c. Marinas and drystacks that are open to the public. d. Water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial “shing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities. (2) The assessment bene“t provided by this subsection is subject to conditions and limitations and reasonable de“nitions as speci“ed by the legislature by general law. SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of $25,000 twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than $50,000 “fty thousand dollars and up to $75,000 seventy-“ve thousand dollars upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of 98 ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of Section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding $50,000 “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age 65 sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed $20,000 twenty thousand dollars The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) As provided by general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the homestead exemption provided in subsection (a) applied is entitled to an additional homestead exemption for all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead propertys just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption may not exceed the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for a period of 5 years or until the year the property is sold, whichever occurs “rst. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one exemption provided under this subsection shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if this amendment is approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if this amendment is approved at the 2012 general election, but the additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is “rst received. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 27. Property tax exemptions and limitations on property tax assessments.„The amendments to Sections 3, 4, and 6 of Article VII, providing a $25,000 exemption for tangible personal property, providing an additional $25,000 homestead exemption, authorizing transfer of the accrued bene“t from the limitations on the assessment of homestead property, and PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page 19 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012

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this section, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on January 29, 2008, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2008, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election, shall take effect January 1 of the year following such general election. The amendments to Section 4 of Article VII creating subsections (f) and (g) of that section, creating a limitation on annual assessment increases for speci“ed real property, shall take effect upon approval of the electors and shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2009, if approved at a special election held on January 29, 2008, or shall “rst limit assessments beginning January 1, 2010, if approved at the general election held in November of 2008. Subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) of Section 4 of Article VII, initially adopted as subsections (f) and (g), are repealed effective January 1, 2023 2019 ; however, the legislature shall by joint resolution propose an amendment abrogating the repeal of subsections (g) (f) and (h) (g) which shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the general election of 2022 2018 and, if approved, shall take effect January 1, 2023 2019 SECTION 32. Property assessments.„This section and the amendment of Section 4 of Article VII addressing homestead and speci“ed nonhomestead property having a declining just value and reducing the limit on the maximum annual increase in the assessed value of nonhomestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. SECTION 33. Additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who recently have not owned homestead property.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII providing for an additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who have not owned homestead property during the 3 calendar years immediately preceding purchase of the current homestead property, if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at a special election authorized by law to be held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, shall take effect upon approval by the electors and operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2011, or if submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013, and the additional homestead exemption shall be available for properties purchased on or after January 1, 2012. NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 2, 11, AND 12 (Legislative) Ballot Title: STATE COURTS.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing a revision of Article V of the State Constitution relating to the judiciary. The State Constitution authorizes the Supreme Court to adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts. The constitution further provides that a rule of court may be repealed by a general law enacted by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. This proposed constitutional revision eliminates the requirement that a general law repealing a court rule pass by a two-thirds vote of each house, thereby providing that the Legislature may repeal a rule of court by a general law approved by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature that expresses the policy behind the repeal. The court could readopt the rule in conformity with the public policy expressed by the Legislature, but if the Legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, this proposed revision prohibits the court from further readopting the repealed rule without the Legislatures prior approval. Under current law, rules of the judicial nominating commissions and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. Under this proposed revision, a vote to repeal those rules is changed to repeal by general law enacted by a majority vote of the legislators present. Under current law, the Governor appoints a justice of the Supreme Court from a list of nominees provided by a judicial nominating commission, and appointments by the Governor are not subject to con“rmation. This revision requires Senate con“rmation of a justice of the Supreme Court before the appointee can take of“ce. If the Senate votes not to con“rm the appointment, the judicial nominating commission must reconvene and may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the Senate. For the purpose of con“rmation, the Senate may meet at any time. If the Senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice will be deemed con“rmed and will take of“ce. The Judicial Quali“cations Commission is an independent commission created by the State Constitution to investigate and prosecute before the Florida Supreme Court alleged misconduct by a justice or judge. Currently under the constitution, commission proceedings are con“dential until formal charges are “led by the investigative panel of the commission. Once formal char g es are “led, the formal char g es and all further proceedings of the commission are public. Currently, the constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to impeach a justice or judge. Further, the Speaker of the House of Representatives may request, and the Judicial Quali“cations Commission must make available, all information in the commissions possession for use in deciding whether to impeach a justice or judge. This proposed revision requires the commission to make all of its “les available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives but provides that such “les would remain con“dential during any investigation by the House of Representatives and until such information is used in the pursuit of an impeachment of a justice or judge. This revision also removes the power of the Governor to request “les of the Judicial Quali“cations Commission to conform to a prior constitutional change. This revision also makes technical and clarifying additions and deletions relating to the selection of chief judges of a circuit and relating to the Judicial Quali“cations Commission, and makes other nonsubstantive conforming and technical changes in the judicial article of the constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE V JUDICIARY SECTION 2. Administration; practice and procedure.„ (a) The supreme court shall adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts including the time for seeking appellate review, the administrative supervision of all courts, the transfer to the court having jurisdiction of any proceeding when the jurisdiction of another court has been improvidently invoked, and a requirement that no cause shall be dismissed because an improper remedy has been sought. The supreme court shall adopt rules to allow it the court and the district courts of appeal to submit questions relating to military law to the federal Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for an advisory opinion. Rules of court may be repealed by general law that expresses the policy behind the repeal enacted by twothirds vote of the membership of each house of the legislature The court may readopt the repealed rule only in conformity with the public policy expressed by the legislature. If the legislature determines that a rule has been readopted and repeals the readopted rule, the rule may not be readopted thereafter without prior approval of the legislature. (b) The chief justice of the supreme court shall be chosen by a majority of the members of the court; shall be the chief administrative of“cer of the judicial system; and shall have the power to assign justices or judges, including consenting retired justices or judges, to temporary duty in any court for which the judge is quali“ed and to delegate to a chief judge of a judicial circuit the power to assign judges for duty in that circuit. (c) A chief judge for each district court of appeal shall be chosen by a majority of the judges thereof or, if there is no majority, by the chief justice. The chief judge shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the court. (d) A chief judge in each circuit shall be chosen from among the circuit judges as provided by supreme court rule. The chief judge of a circuit shall be responsible for the administrative supervision of the circuit courts and county courts in the his circuit. SECTION 11. Vacancies.„ (a) Whenever a vacancy occurs in a judicial of“ce to which election for retention applies, the governor shall “ll the vacancy by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. (b) The governor shall “ll each vacancy on a circuit court or on a county court, wherein the judges are elected by a majority vote of the electors, by appointing for a term ending on the “rst Tuesday after the “rst Monday in January of the year following the next primary and general election occurring at least one year after the date of appointment, one of not fewer than three persons nor more than six persons nominated by the appropriate judicial nominating commission. An election shall be held to “ll that judicial of“ce for the term of the of“ce beginning at the end of the appointed term. (c) The nominations shall be made within thirty days from the occurrence of a vacancy unless the period is extended by the governor for a time not to exceed thirty days. The governor shall make the appointment within sixty days after the nominations have been certi“ed to the governor. (d) Each appointment of a justice of the supreme court is subject to con“rmation by the senate. The senate may sit for the purpose of con“rmation regardless of whether the house of representatives is in session or not. If the senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice shall be deemed con“rmed. If the senate votes to not con“rm the appointment, the supreme court judicial nominating commission shall reconvene as though a new vacancy had occurred but may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to “ll the same vacancy was not con“rmed by the senate. The appointment of a justice is effective upon con“rmation by the senate. (e)(d) There shall be a separate judicial nominating commission as provided by general law for the supreme court, one for each district court of appeal, and one for each judicial circuit for all trial courts within the circuit. Uniform rules of procedure shall be established by the judicial nominating commissions at each level of the court system. Such rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. Except for deliberations of the judicial nominating commissions, the proceedings of the commissions and their records shall be open to the public. SECTION 12. Discipline; removal and retirement.„ (a) JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION.„A judicial quali“cations commission is created. (1) There shall be a judicial quali“cations commission vested with jurisdiction to investigate and recommend to the Supreme Court of Florida the removal from of“ce of any justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise, occurring on or after November 1, 1966, (without regard to the effective date of this section) demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce, and to investigate and recommend the discipline of a justice or judge whose conduct, during term of of“ce or otherwise occurring on or after November 1, 1966 (without regard to the effective date of this section) warrants such discipline. For purposes of this section, discipline is de“ned as any or all of the following: reprimand, “ne, suspension with or without pay, or lawyer discipline. The commission shall have jurisdiction over justices and judges regarding allegations that misconduct occurred before or during service as a justice or judge if a complaint is made no later than one year following service as a justice or judge. The commission shall have jurisdiction regarding allegations of incapacity during service as a justice or judge. The commission shall be composed of: a. Two judges of district courts of appeal selected by the judges of those courts, two circuit judges selected by the judges of the circuit courts and two judges of county courts selected by the judges of those courts; b. Four electors who reside in the state, who are members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be chosen by the governing body of the bar of Florida; and c. Five electors who reside in the state, who have never held judicial of“ce or been members of the bar of Florida, and who shall be appointed by the governor. (2) The members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall serve staggered terms, not to exceed six years, as prescribed by general law. No member of the commission except a judge shall be eligible for state judicial of“ce while acting as a member of the commission and for a period of two years thereafter. No member of the commission shall hold of“ce in a political party or participate in any campaign for judicial of“ce or hold public of“ce; provided that a judge may campaign for judicial of“ce and hold that of“ce. The commission shall elect one of its members as its chairperson. (3) Members of the judicial quali“cations commission not subject to impeachment shall be subject to removal from the commission pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 7, Florida Constitution. (4) The commission shall adopt rules regulating its proceedings, the “lling of vacancies by the appointing authorities, the disquali“cation of members, the rotation of members between the panels, and the temporary replacement of disquali“ed or incapacitated members. The commissions rules, or any part thereof, may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the legislature, or by the supreme court, “ve justices concurring. The commission shall have power to issue subpoenas. Until formal charges against a justice or judge are “led by the investigative panel with the clerk of the supreme court of Florida all proceedings by or before the commission shall be con“dential; provided, however, upon a “nding of probable cause and the “ling by the investigative panel with said clerk of such formal charges against a justice or judge such charges and all further proceedings before the commission shall be public. (5) The commission shall have access to all information from all executive, legislative and judicial agencies, including grand juries, subject to the rules of the commission. At any time, on request of the speaker of the house of representatives or the governor the commission shall make available to the house of representatives all information in the possession of the commission, which information shall remain con“dential during any investigation and until such information is used in the pursuit for use in consideration of impeachment or suspension, respectively (b) PANELS.„The commission shall be divided into an investigative panel and a hearing panel as established by rule of the commission. The investigative panel is vested with the jurisdiction to receive or initiate complaints, conduct investigations, dismiss complaints, and upon a vote of a simple majority of the panel submit formal charges to the hearing panel. The hearing panel is vested with the authority to receive and hear formal charges from the investigative panel and upon a two-thirds vote of the panel recommend to the supreme court the removal of a justice or judge or the involuntary retirement of a justice or judge for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of judicial duties. Upon a simple majority vote of the membership of the hearing panel, the panel may recommend to the supreme court that the justice or judge be subject to appropriate discipline. (c) SUPREME COURT.„ The supreme court shall receive recommendations from the judicial quali“cations commissions hearing panel. (1) The supreme court may accept, reject, or modify in whole or in part the “ndings, conclusions, and recommendations of the commission and it may order that the justice or judge be subjected to appropriate discipline, or be removed from of“ce with termination of compensation for willful or persistent failure to perform judicial duties or for other conduct unbecoming a member of the judiciary demonstrating a present un“tness to hold of“ce, or be involuntarily retired for any permanent disability that seriously interferes with the performance of j udicial duties. Mala“des scienter or moral turpitude on the part of a justice or judge shall not be required for removal from of“ce of a justice or judge whose conduct demonstrates a present un“tness to hold of“ce. After the “ling of a formal proceeding and upon request of the investigative panel, the supreme court may suspend the justice or judge from of“ce, with or without compensation, pending “nal determination of the inquiry. (2) The supreme court may award costs to the prevailing party. (d) REMOVAL POWER.„ The power of removal conferred by this section shall be both alternative and cumulative to the power of impeachment. (e) PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.„ Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions of this section, if the person who is the subject of proceedings by the judicial quali“cations commission is a justice of the supreme court of Florida all justices of such court automatically shall be disquali“ed to sit as justices of such court with respect to all proceedings therein concerning such person and the supreme court for such purposes shall be composed of a panel consisting of the seven chief judges of the judicial circuits of the state of Florida most senior in tenure of judicial of“ce as circuit judge. For purposes of determining seniority of such circuit judges in the event there be judges of equal tenure in judicial of“ce as circuit judge the judge or judges from the lower numbered circuit or circuits shall be deemed senior. In the event any such chief circuit judge is under investigation by the judicial quali“cations commission or is otherwise disquali“ed or unable to serve on the panel, the next most senior chief circuit judge or judges shall serve in place of such disquali“ed or disabled chief circuit judge. (f) SCHEDULE TO SECTION 12.„ (1) Except to the extent inconsistent with the provisions of this section, all provisions of law and rules of court in force on the effective date of this article shall continue in effect until superseded in the manner authorized by the constitution. (2) After this section becomes effective and until adopted by rule of the commission consistent with it: a. The commission shall be divided, as determined by the chairperson, into one investigative panel and one hearing panel to meet the responsibilities set forth in this section. b. The investigative panel shall be composed of: 1. Four judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Three non-lawyers. c. The hearing panel shall be composed of: 1. Two judges, 2. Two members of the bar of Florida, and 3. Two non-lawyers. d. Membership on the panels may rotate in a manner determined by the rules of the commission provided that no member shall vote as a member of the investigative and hearing panel on the same proceeding. e. The commission shall hire separate staff for each panel. f. The members of the commission shall serve for staggered terms of six years. g. The terms of of“ce of the present members of the judicial quali“cations commission shall expire upon the effective date of the amendments to this section approved by the legislature during the regular session of the legislature in 1996 and new members shall be appointed to serve the following staggered terms: 1. Group I.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one judge from the district courts of appeal and one circuit judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 1998. 2. Group II.„The terms of “ve members, composed of one elector as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, two members of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b. of Article V, one circuit judge and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1) a. of Article V shall expire on December 31, 2000. 3. Group III.„The terms of “ve members, composed of two electors as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)c. of Article V, one member of the bar of Florida as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)b., one judge from the district courts of appeal and one county judge as set forth in s. 12(a)(1)a. of Article V, shall expire on December 31, 2002. g.h. An appointment to “ll a vacancy of the commission shall be for the remainder of the term. h.i. Selection of members by district courts of appeal judges, circuit judges, and county court judges, shall be by no less than a majority of the members voting at the respective courts conferences. Selection of members by the board of governors of the bar of Florida shall be by no less than a majority of the board. i.j. The commission shall be entitled to recover the costs of investigation and prosecution, in addition to any penalty levied by the supreme court. j.k. The compensation of members and referees shall be the travel expenses or transportation and per diem allowance as provided by general law. NO. 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 28 (Legislative) Ballot Title: PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF ABORTION RIGHTS.„ Ballot Summary: This proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-bene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, p h y sical in j ur y, or p h y sical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest. This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 28. Prohibition on public funding of abortions; construction of abortion rights.„ (a) Public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for healthbene“ts coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This subsection does not apply to: (1) An expenditure required by federal law; (2) A case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering, physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, which would, as certi“ed by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed; or (3) A pregnancy that results from rape or incest. (b) This constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. NO. 8 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE I, SECTION 3 (Legislative) Ballot Title: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental bene“ts, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. Full Text: ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 3. Religious freedom.„There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace, or safety. Except to the extent required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, neither the government nor any agent of the government may deny to any individual or entity the bene“ts of any program, funding, or other support on the basis of religious identity or belief. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. NO. 9 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouses homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment de“nes a “rst responder as a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exem p tion shall be allowed an y individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars. The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant this additional exemption, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. (f) By general law and subject to conditions and limitations speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount or a portion of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property to the: (1) Surviving spouse of a veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces. (2) Surviving spouse of a “rst responder who died in the line of duty. (3) As used in this subsection and as further de“ned by general law, the term: a. First responderŽ means a law enforcement of“cer, a correctional of“cer, a “re“ghter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. b. In the line of dutyŽ means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a “rst responder. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Ad valorem tax relief for surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty.„This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII permitting the legislature to provide ad valorem tax relief to surviving spouses of veterans who died from service-connected causes and “rst responders who died in the line of duty shall take effect January 1, 2013. NO. 10 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32 (Legislative) Ballot Title: TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to: (1)Provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments on tangible personal property if the assessed value of an owners tangible personal property is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. This new exemption, if approved by the voters, will take effect on January 1, 2013, and apply to the 2013 tax roll and subsequent tax rolls. (2) Authorize a county or municipality for the purpose of its respective levy, and as provided by general law, to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This is in addition to other statewide tangible personal property tax exemptions provided by the Constitution and this amendment. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 3. Taxes; exemptions.„ (a) All property owned by a municipality and used exclusively by it for municipal or public purposes shall be exempt from taxation. A municipality, owning property outside the municipality, may be req uired b y g eneral law to make p a y ment to the taxing unit in which the property is located. Such portions of property as are used predominantly for educational, literary, scienti“c, religious or charitable purposes may be exempted by general law from taxation. (b) There shall be exempt from taxation, cumulatively, to every head of a family residing in this state, household goods and personal effects to the value “xed by general law, not less than one thousand dollars, and to every widow or widower or person who is blind or totally and permanently disabled, property to the value “xed by general law not less than “ve hundred dollars. (c) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant community and economic development ad valorem tax exemptions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses, as de“ned by general law. Such an exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality, and only after the electors of the county or municipality voting on such question in a referendum authorize the county or municipality to adopt such ordinances. An exemption so granted shall apply to improvements to real property made by or for the use of a new business and improvements to real property related to the expansion of an existing business and shall also apply to tangible personal property of such new business and tangible personal property related to the expansion of an existing business. The amount or limits of the amount of such exemption shall be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which such exemption may be granted to a new business or expansion of an existing business shall be determined by general law. The authority to grant such exemption shall expire ten years from the date of approval by the electors of the county or municipality, and may be renewable by referendum as provided by general law. (d) Any county or municipality may, for the purpose of its respective tax levy and subject to the provisions of this subsection and general law, grant historic preservation ad valorem tax exemptions to owners of historic properties. This exemption may be granted only by ordinance of the county or municipality. The amount or limits of the amount of this exemption and the requirements for eligible properties must be speci“ed by general law. The period of time for which this exemption may be granted to a property owner shall be determined by general law. (e)(1) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, twenty-“ve thousand dollars of the assessed value of tangible personal property is subject to tangible personal property tax shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation. Tangible personal property is also exempt from ad valorem taxation if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars. (2) A county or municipality may, for the purposes of its respective tax levy, provide additional tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance, subject to this subsection and as provided in general law. (f) There shall be granted an ad valorem tax exemption for real property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes, including real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or by other perpetual conservation protections, as de“ned by general law. (g) By general law and subject to the conditions speci“ed therein, each person who receives a homestead exemption as provided in section 6 of this article; who was a member of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard; and who was deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature shall receive an additional exemption equal to a percentage of the taxable value of his or her homestead property. The applicable percentage shall be calculated as the number of days during the preceding calendar year the person was deployed on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature divided by the number of days in that year. ARTICLE XII SCHEDULE SECTION 32. Tangible personal property; ad valorem tax exemption.„ The amendment to Section 3 of Article VII providing that property is exempt from tangible personal property tax if the assessed value of such property is greater than twenty-“ve thousand dollars but less than “fty thousand dollars shall take effect January 1, 2013, and applies to assessments for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. NO. 11 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 (Legislative) Ballot Title: ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED VALUE.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law and subject to conditions set forth in the general law, to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption equal to the assessed value of homestead property if the property has a just value less than $250,000 to an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for not less than 25 years, who has attained age 65, and who has a low household income as de“ned by general law. Full Text: ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND TAXATION SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.„ (a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special bene“ts, up to the assessed valuation of twenty-“ve thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than “fty thousand dollars and up to seventy-“ve thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owners or members proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is “rst determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value. (b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property. (c) By general law and subject to conditions speci“ed therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law. (d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant either or both of the following an additional homestead tax exemptions: (1) An exemption not exceeding “fty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income, as de“ned by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars; or. (2) An exemption equal to the assessed value of the property to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate with a just value less than two hundred and “fty thousand dollars and who has maintained thereon the permanent residence of the owner for not less than twenty-“ve years and who has attained age sixty-“ve and whose household income does not exceed the income limitation prescribed in paragraph (1). The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant these this additional exemptions exemption within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living. (e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related, the veteran was a resident of this state at the time of entering the military service of the United States, and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veterans permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, proof of residency at the time of entering military service, an of“cial letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veterans service-connected disability and such evidence that reasonably identi“es the disability as combat related, and a copy of the veterans honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection shall take effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation. NO. 12 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE IX, SECTION 7 (Legislative) Ballot Title: APPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.„ Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. Full Text: ARTICLE IX EDUCATION SECTION 7. State University System.„ (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through teaching students, advancing research and providing pubContinued from the previous page PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued on the next page 20 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012

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lic service for the bene“t of Floridas citizens, their communities and economies, the people hereby establish a system of governance for the state university system of Florida. (b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shall be a single state university system comprised of all public universities. A board of trustees shall administer each public university and a board of governors shall govern the state university system. (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each local constituent university shall be administered by a board of trustees consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The board of governors shall establish the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the governor and “ve citizen members appointed by the board of governors. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of “ve years as provided by law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the president of the student body of the university shall also be members. (d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The board of governors shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible for the management of the whole university system. These responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, de“ning the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its articulation with free public schools and community colleges, ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or programs. The boards management shall be subject to the powers of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The appointed members shall be con“rmed by the senate and serve staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the chair of the council of student body presidents, which council shall be organized by the board of governors and consist of all the student body presidents of the state university system president of the Florida student association, or the equivalent shall also be members of the board. PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012 NOTICE OF ELECTIONI, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 6, 2012, for the ratication or rejection of proposed revisions to the constitution of the State of Florida.Continued from the previous page NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD154 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 30 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008 Description of Property: LOTS A & B TRACT 14 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 & W1/2 OF E1/2 OF N1/2 OF N1/2 OF TRACT 14 08 34S 33E 1-08-34-33-0A00-00014-A000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CFS PROPERTIES INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426400 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2012TD159 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that JOSEPH FREDERICK GAZZA the holder of the following certi cate has led said certi cates for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certi cate No: 490 Year of Issuance: June-01-2009 Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 11 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 & W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF S1/2 OF TRACT 11 17 34S 33E 1-17-34-33-0A00-00011-K000 Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida Name in which assessed: CFS PROPERTIES INC Unless said certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law the property described in such certi cate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okeechobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M. on the 1st day of November, 2012 SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Robin R. Parrish Deputy Clerk NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990; In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 within two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8770. 426408 ON 9/21,28;10/5,12/2012 21 Okeechobee News September 28, 2012 By Rodney L. ClouserUniversity of FloridaThis is one in a series of six fact sheets intended to provide information on proposed constitutional amendments having direct individual or government tax impacts. As some details of the proposed changes may not have been discussed due to space limitations, the series should not be considered an all-inclusive assessment of the proposed constitutional changes, and any opinions, ndings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily re ect the views of University of Florida. IntroductionAdoption of the constitutional amendment requires a vote in favor of the amendment by a minimum of 60 percent of those voting. Voters are reminded, however, that because the proposed amendments are subject to legal challenges by various individuals, groups, and organizations, they could still possibly be removed from the ballot if challenged successfully.Proposed Constitutional Amendment 4When people go to their polling place in November 2012, they will see information on the amendment, references to the portion of the constitution that will be altered, sponsor of the amendment, the ballot title, and the ballot summary. The information for Amendment 4 will be similar or identical to the following and the ballot title and ballot summary are direct quotes from the Florida Department of State website: Proposed Constitutional Amendment: No. 4 Reference: Article VII, Sections 4, 6 & Article XII, Sections 27, 32, 33 Sponsor: The Florida Legislature Ballot Title:Property Tax Limitations; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Nonhomestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal Ballot Summary: (1) This would amend Florida Constitution Article VII, Section 4 (Taxation; assessments) and Section 6 (Homestead exemptions). It also would amend Article XII, Section 27, and add Sections 32 and 33, relating to the Schedule for the amendments. (2) In certain circumstances, the law requires the assessed value of homestead and speci ed nonhomestead property to increase when the just value of the property decreases. Therefore, this amendment provides that the Legislature may, by general law, provide that the assessment of homestead and speci ed nonhomestead property may not increase if the just value of that property is less than the just value of the property on the preceding January 1, subject to any adjustment in the assessed value due to changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to such property which are assessed as provided for by general law. This amendment takes effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or if approved at the 2012 general election, shall take effect January 1, 2013. (3) This amendment reduces from 10 percent to 5 percent the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property. This amendment takes effect upon approval of the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or, if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (4) This amendment also authorizes general law to provide, subject to conditions speci ed in such law, an additional homestead exemption to every person who establishes the right to receive the homestead exemption provided in the Florida Constitution within 1 year after purchasing the homestead property and who has not owned property in the previous 3 calendar years to which the Florida homestead exemption applied. The additional homestead exemption shall apply to all levies except school district levies. The additional exemption is an amount equal to 50 percent of the homestead property's just value on January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional homestead exemption may not exceed an amount equal to the median just value of all homestead property within the county where the property at issue is located for the calendar year immediately preceding January 1 of the year the homestead is established. The additional exemption shall apply for the shorter of 5 years or the year of sale of the property. The amount of the additional exemption shall be reduced in each subsequent year by an amount equal to 20 percent of the amount of the additional exemption received in the year the homestead was established or by an amount equal to the difference between the just value of the property and the assessed value of the property determined under Article VII, Section 4(d), whichever is greater. Not more than one such exemption shall be allowed per homestead property at one time. The additional exemption applies to property purchased on or after January 1, 2011, if approved by the voters at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, or to property purchased on or after January 1, 2012, if approved by the voters at the 2012 general election. The additional exemption is not available in the sixth and subsequent years after it is rst received. The amendment shall take effect upon approval by the voters. If approved at a special election held on the date of the 2012 presidential preference primary, it shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2012, or if approved at the 2012 general election, takes effect January 1, 2013. (5) This amendment also delays until 2023, the repeal, currently scheduled to take effect in 2019, of constitutional amendments adopted in 2008 which limit annual assessment increases for speci ed nonhomestead real property. This amendment delays until 2022 the submission of an amendment proposing the abrogation of such repeal to the voters.Effects and impactsConstitutional Amendment No. 4 has several potential changes recommended: For homestead properties, the proposed amendment allows the legislature by general law to prohibit an increase in the tax assessment of the homestead if the just value is less than the just value assessed the prior year, except in cases where there were changes, additions, reductions, or improvements to the property. For non-homestead properties, the proposed constitutional amendment limits the annual assessment increase in a year to ve (5) percent (rather than 10 percent) on non-homesteaded property. The change also allows the legislature by general law to prohibit an increase in the assessment of the non-homestead property if the just value is less than the just value assessed the prior year. The third component allows for an additional homestead tax exemption under the conditions that the owner is entitled to the homestead exemption within one year of the property purchase, has not owned property in the three (3) previous calendar years, and has not received a homestead exemption. The additional exemption is applied to all taxing units except for school district tax levies. If passed, the additional exemption allowed by the amendment is equal to 50 percent of the homesteaded property just value in the year the homestead was established. The additional exemption cannot exceed the median just value of homesteaded property in the county and the additional exemption is applied for a period of ve years or until the property is sold. The additional exemption decreases over the ve-year timeframe by 20 percent annually of the initial exemption, or the difference between the just and assessed value, whichever is larger. Only one exemption is allowed per homesteaded propert y and the proposed changes are only applicable for property purchased on or after January 1, 2012. The effective date of the amendment is identi ed as January 1, 2013. Amendment 4, if passed, would have impacts that would be felt at the local level of government (county, city, school board, and special districts) and at the individual taxpayer level. The state estimates (at current millage rates) that statewide impacts would range from a decrease in tax revenue of $156.2 million in state scal year (FY) 20132014 to a decrease of $565.8 million in FY 20152016. In addition, the state estimates additional tax impacts from the "recapture provision" (point 1 above) would be an additional decrease of $6.2 million for school property tax revenues beginning in FY 20132014, with a recurring (yearly) impact of $17.7 million, and for non-school property tax revenue a decrease o f $10.3 million in FY 20132014, with a recurring impact of $32.5 million. Units of local government and individuals concerned with the quantity and quality of local government services might argue that this amendment results in further inability to provide needed services at the levels desired. Local governments also might suggest that they have had several years of declining property values that impact local revenues to fund local services, coupled with increased federal and state mandates they have been required to fund, and they cannot continue to operate effectively with continued nancial stress. Some Floridians may believe changes proposed in this amendment represent a "classic example" of problems with the state's current property tax structure: piecemeal policy changes that are not fair, that provide "tax breaks" to special interest groups, and although made for shortterm problems, have long-term impacts. Owners of non-homesteaded property may see changes proposed in this amendment differently since the amendment lowers the annual assessment increase allowed. Relative to the existing law, this could potentially lower their tax bill if propert y values rise rapidly at some point in the future. It may be assumed that any property owner who had been impacted by the "recapture provision" that resulted in his/her property's market / just value declining but his/her assessed value for tax purposes increasing is supportive of this amendment. In the popular press, it is clear that a group of individuals championing passage o f the amendment is involved in the real estate industry. Naturally, these individuals are concerned with the poor performance and unemployment conditions that have existed in the industry during the recession and still linger post-recession. The y would argue that anything to stimulate the real estate and housing industries is bene cial and necessary. However, other individuals believe that the real estate sector is slowly improving like most other sectors of the economy and it should continue that recovery without government intervention that carries with it a long-term scal impact. Finally, it needs to be recognized that the state analysis on revenue change is based on the assumption that units of local government would not change the current millage rate level. However, if local governments did change the tax millage rate to offset the changes proposed in this constitutional amendment, those not eligible to bene t from the proposed changes would have higher local property tax bills because of a shift in the relative tax burden. Amendment 4 would addresses Homestead Exemption rules

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Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Martin County (2-2) comes to Okeechobee High School tonight with a completely different opinion of themselves then they had two weeks ago. The Tigers lost to South Fork 46-0 and to Vero Beach 48-15 in the rst two w eeks before they rebounded and defeated Eau Gallie 10-6 and Clewiston 35-0 last w eek. They are led by quarterback Nolan Mullen who has struggled in the rst four games w ith just 12 completions. Running back Dan Fillhaber has been a big part of their single w ing offense with 412 yards rushing, over 6.3 yards per carry. He has three touchdowns. Mitchell Patterson is a dual threat with 5.2 yards per rush and 108 yards in receptions. Nate Simmons leads the defense. He had a blocked eld goal return last week for a touchdown. Okeechobee (1-3) has a three game losing streak. Quarterback Jack Radebaugh was questionable this week after a neck injury suffered at Sebastian River. He has thrown for 374 yards and two touchdowns this year. If he can't go, LaVonte Spivey gets another start. He leads the Brahmans in total offense with 281 total yards. Coach Chris Branham is frustrated with the team's play in the red zone. He said they must start making plays near the goal line. He said the team has not been rewarded by the fact they have played close games this year. "We can't give up. We have been in position to score but we have to start making plays. There are no moral victories here," he added. The Tigers will use an I-formation and a power run game tonight. The two teams are pretty familiar with each other as they attend camps together in the summer and face off in 7-on-7 passing league games. Branham said the rivalry means a lot in this game. He remembers when Okeechobee was (8-2) one year and had to go to overtime to defeat Martin County. He said you can throw out the records when these two teams play. The Tigers' domination of Clewiston was a surprise. 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Bolan took second in the 50 free, and Gamiotea took second in the 100 yard breast stroke race. It was an exciting afternoon for the Lady Brahmans who were cheered on by a nice turnout of local fans. The Brahman boys had a tougher time but hung tough in the close w in over the Panthers. Dalton Hodges won the 200 free and the 500 yard free, Lucas Penido nished second in both the 200 and 500 yard free and Michael Muros nished third in the 200 free style. Nathanael Bean won the 200 yard IM. Brandon Ball won the 50 yard free and the 100 yard free and Will Castillo nished second in the 100 yard butter y. Cameron Whitlock took third place in the 100 yard back stroke and Muros took third place in the 100 yard breast stroke race. The Brahmans also did well in the relay races as the 200 medley relay team nished third. Relay tembers included Danny Usry, Byron Byrd, Trey Howard and Whitlock. In the 200 freestyle relay, the OHS boys team of Castillo, Muros, Ball and Hodges won rst and the OHS team of Howard, Byrdm, Penido and Bean took third. The 400 yard free relay was won by the Brahman team of Penido, Castillo, Ball and Hodges. The team of Howard, Bean, Usry and Muros took third place. Swim coach Stephen Neafsey said the girl's squad won due to a number of great swims which highlighted the team's depth. He was the boys race came down to the last event and was very exciting. The swim teams will host John Carroll on Monday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. to replace a meet that was postponed by weather earlier this month. OHS swimmers swamp Panthers in home meet

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