Deadline For Homestead Exemptions is March 1

23 02 2004

Florida home buyers who purchased homes in 2003 should make sure they apply for the $25,000 homestead exemption before March 1, according to the Florida Association of Realtors.

Any Florida property owner with legal title to a home and who uses it as his or her permanent, primary residence by Jan. 1 is eligible for the exemption.

Generally the homestead exemption is a $25,000 deduction from a home’s assessed value (as determined by the county property appraiser.) Take the home’s assessed value, minus $25,000, and then apply the local millage rate to calculate the property taxes due.

Homeowners making their first claim have to go to their respective county property appraiser’s office, bringing along the deed to their property or a property tax bill — something to show they own the home.

Property appraisers’ offices will accept applications for homestead exemption until the March 1 deadline.

Once a homeowner has applied for and received a homestead exemption, it will be automatically renewed for that property each year on Jan. 1.

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Deadline For Homestead Exemptions is March 1

22 02 2004

Florida home buyers who purchased homes in 2003 should make sure they apply for the $25,000 homestead exemption before March 1, according to the Florida Association of Realtors.

Any Florida property owner with legal title to a home and who uses it as his or her permanent, primary residence by Jan. 1 is eligible for the exemption.

Generally the homestead exemption is a $25,000 deduction from a home’s assessed value (as determined by the county property appraiser.) Take the home’s assessed value, minus $25,000, and then apply the local millage rate to calculate the property taxes due.

Homeowners making their first claim have to go to their respective county property appraiser’s office, bringing along the deed to their property or a property tax bill — something to show they own the home.

Property appraisers’ offices will accept applications for homestead exemption until the March 1 deadline.

Once a homeowner has applied for and received a homestead exemption, it will be automatically renewed for that property each year on Jan. 1.





Jacksonville Ranks 8th in Nation for Entrepreneurs

22 02 2004

Jacksonville was one of three Florida cities ranked in the top 10 cities for entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Jacksonville was eighth on the list, while West Palm Beach was fifth and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach was seventh. The list is in the March issue of the magazine.

The magazine evaluated 277 cities across the country on factors including job growth, local support and overall affordability. Atlanta was the top-rated city, while the worst city for entrepreneurs was San Jose, Calif. The cities at the opposite ends of the rankings reflect a change in the climate for entrepreneurs since the crash of the tech industry.

Florida’s strength was based on job creation. The state now has 21 consecutive months of job growth. The state unemployment rate was a full point lower than the national rate of 5.7 percent, according the Agency for Workforce Innovation.





Jacksonville Ranks 8th in Nation for Entrepreneurs

21 02 2004

Jacksonville was one of three Florida cities ranked in the top 10 cities for entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Jacksonville was eighth on the list, while West Palm Beach was fifth and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach was seventh. The list is in the March issue of the magazine.

The magazine evaluated 277 cities across the country on factors including job growth, local support and overall affordability. Atlanta was the top-rated city, while the worst city for entrepreneurs was San Jose, Calif. The cities at the opposite ends of the rankings reflect a change in the climate for entrepreneurs since the crash of the tech industry.

Florida’s strength was based on job creation. The state now has 21 consecutive months of job growth. The state unemployment rate was a full point lower than the national rate of 5.7 percent, according the Agency for Workforce Innovation.





Custom Staffing Continues Expansion

19 02 2004

Custom Staffing Inc. has moved into the Iterra building in Deerwood Park and continues to add employees, a reflection of the company’s Jacksonville growth.

The company now employs 25 people in Jacksonville. Custom Staffing’s clients include such companies as Winn-Dixie Stores, Fidelity National Financial, Rayonier Inc., Iterra Communications and Convergys.

Maitland-based Custom Staffing Inc. has branched out in the last year to specific areas in the staffing industry with CSI Search Group, an executive search division; Healthcare Support Staffing; and Blue Chip Consulting, which focuses on the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and engineering industries.

Along the way, Custom Staffing increased its revenue from $8.7 million in 2002 to $17.6 million in 2003.

For more info, visit www.bizjournals.com.





Custom Staffing Continues Expansion

18 02 2004

Custom Staffing Inc. has moved into the Iterra building in Deerwood Park and continues to add employees, a reflection of the company’s Jacksonville growth.

The company now employs 25 people in Jacksonville. Custom Staffing’s clients include such companies as Winn-Dixie Stores, Fidelity National Financial, Rayonier Inc., Iterra Communications and Convergys.

Maitland-based Custom Staffing Inc. has branched out in the last year to specific areas in the staffing industry with CSI Search Group, an executive search division; Healthcare Support Staffing; and Blue Chip Consulting, which focuses on the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and engineering industries.

Along the way, Custom Staffing increased its revenue from $8.7 million in 2002 to $17.6 million in 2003.

For more info, visit www.bizjournals.com.





JEA Proposes Rate Increase in 2004

18 02 2004

JEA officials proposed water rate increases on top residential users and fixing rates for reclaimed water as it hits the residential market on a widespread basis.

The proposed rate and fee changes presented to the board also included raising rates on 44 commercial electric customers who have agreed to shut down during peak use times. The water increase would affect residential customers who use more than 22,000 gallons a month — about 3 percent of JEA’s 200,000 customers in Duval and parts of St. Johns and Clay counties.

If approved by the board, the water rate increase would be the first since JEA acquired the utility from the city in 1997. It would be the first electric rate increase for any type of customer in 13 years.

The utility plans to begin offering reclaimed water to large residential developments. Large commercial customers, such as golf courses and parks, comprise the majority of current users.

The board discussed a possible rate increase last summer. State regulators must approve rate increases. The JEA board plans to conduct a public hearing on the proposed water rates in May 2004.

For more info, visit www.bizjournals.com








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