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This Election Day, Broward County voters are being asked to consider two half-cent sales tax increases. The proceeds would be split between the county and its cities, funding county transportation improvements and city infrastructure. But it's not just a question of, "Do we want higher taxes?" Voters have to decide whether they trust officials to carry out plans for the extra money.

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Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech on Tuesday that was focused almost entirely on creating jobs and cutting taxes, boasting that Florida has added more than a million jobs since he took office.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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As Floridians ring out the old and ring in the new for 2015, there’s one thing they can say “farewell” to: a tax on their insurance bills that goes toward paying hurricane damage claims.

Insurance policies issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2015, will no longer include the hurricane tax for the Florida Catastrophe Fund. The charge shows up on most insurance bills including homeowner and auto insurance policies.

But watchdog groups are urging policyholders to check their insurance bills, anyway. 

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The next time you open your cellphone bill and feel it's overpriced, don’t blame your carrier alone.

Florida ranks fourth in the nation with the highest state-local taxes imposed on cellphones at 16.55 percent, according to a recent study.

The Tax Foundation tracked tax rates across different states to see how much customers were paying on their phone bills.

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  Broward County school leaders have unveiled a $900 million list of projects they want to complete over the next five years.

That includes turning portable rooms housed in mobile trailers into permanent classrooms, replacing aging air-conditioning systems and upgrading art, music and athletics facilities.

Broward County schools superintendent Robert Runcie said the district scrutinized every project on its wish list and chose those that were most important.

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Broward County property owners could pay a little more for public schools next year.

The county school board tentatively approved a $3 billion spending plan Tuesday.

The Broward County schools’ budget cuts tax rates slightly, but rising property values will mean larger tax bills for homeowners. The owner of a $225,000 home would pay $14 more per year, district officials said.

The school board is expected to take a final budget vote in September.

In November, Broward County voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow $800 million.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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4/10/14 - Topical Currents begins with an at your service edition on tax preparation.  There are new rules and new deductions for 2013.  The tax laws are composed of some 70,000 pages, so it’s easy to make mistakes.  We’ll speak with tax expert Keith Hall.

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A Financial Impact Estimating Conference report concluded Monday that the cost of medical marijuana in Florida could not be determined due to uncertainty regarding taxation of the plant.

Although the Department of Health estimates the annual cost for Florida would be roughly $1 million, the FIEC report would be more-accurate if marijuana sales taxes were clear.

"The extent to which medical marijuana would be tax-exempt is unclear without legislative or state administrative action," the report said.

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“It’s your money, it’s no one else’s money," said Governor Rick Scott to an audience at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. “So we have to spend it in a manner that makes sense.”

The governor launched his “It’s Your Money” tour in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, just days after announcing his plans to cut taxes and fees by $500 million in the 2014 proposed budget.

The governor’s office says the tour offers a chance for Floridians to discuss taxes they want to see reduced.

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06/17/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents addresses the bleak responsibilities of dealing with the death of a loved one. We’ll speak with attorney Scott Taylor Smith about his book, WHEN SOMEONE DIES:  The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death. Smith was pained by the unexpected passing of his mother . . .

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04/11/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with income tax tips from experts.  The deadline for 2012 tax filing is Monday.  We’ll also look ahead to important changes in the tax code for 2013, especially those which affect small businesses.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining . . . with wine columnist Fred Tasker and “Dinner in Minutes.”  That’s Topical Currents, Thursday at one o’clock on WLRN.

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