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Manatee County 2011 property tax payment deadline March 31

Manatee County 2011 property tax payment deadline March 31

Manatee County, Florida -- March 31 is the last opportunity to pay 2011 Manatee County property taxes before interest, advertising charges and late fees are assessed.  However, because March 31 falls on a Saturday, the payment period is extended through April 2 provided the payment is received in one of our offices by 5 p.m. or paid online at www.taxcollector.com until 11:59 p.m.

McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013

McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013

Bradenton -- McKechnie Field, current spring home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, could soon be getting a $9-million makeover, if the Pirates get their way. The plan, which projects most renovations would be complete by Spring Training 2013, is currently being considered by local policymakers including Bradenton City Council and Manatee County Commissioners.

According to Spring Training Online,

Real estate sales fall in Sarasota, rise in Manatee

Real estate sales fall in Sarasota, rise in Manatee

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Real estate sales in Sarasota County over the past 12 months proved the local economy is still in a slump.

From June 2010 through June 2011, $2.91 billion dollars worth of real estate transactions occurred in the county. That's down more than 2 percent from the year before with nearly $3 billion in sales.

Making matters worse for Sarasota County, a substantial portion of the transactions involved local government. That means private transactions saw an even greater decline.

Property values plunge in Sarasota, Manatee Counties

Property values plunge in Sarasota, Manatee Counties

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Sarasota and Manatee property appraisers assessed huge drops in property value for nearly 200,000 homes in the area.

The lowered values will mean good news for homeowners' annual property tax bills, but it's certainly not good news for the local economy.

In all, nearly 90% of properties saw values decline, and three dozen homes dropped in worth by half a million dollars or more!

Domain taking postponed related to Tara Bridge project

Domain taking postponed related to Tara Bridge project

Manatee County Government has postponed until Sept. 20 an eminent domain taking related to the future construction of the proposed Tara Bridge.

During their Sept. 6 regular meeting Manatee Board of County Commissioners were set to consider a quick claim condemnation of a vacant property of 3.86 acres on the north side of Honore Avenue along the Braden River. The item has been deferred while funding details are being addressed.

Manatee County has plans to build a bridge over the Braden River connecting Tara Boulevard with Honore Avenue. The land taking is another step in the long range plan to build the bridge.

Taylor Morrison offers free upgrades

Taylor Morrison offers free upgrades

Palmetto, FL -- Taylor Morrison homebuilders is offering up to $9,500 worth of designer upgrades at no additional cost for a limited time in two Riverview communities.

The limited time offer from ends Aug. 31 and is available at Crystal Lakes and Old Mill Preserve in Palmetto.

Prices in these neighborhoods start as low as $110,000 and include a variety of floor plans for two, three and four bedroom single family homes.

Manatee Clerk warns homeowners of deed scam

Manatee Clerk warns homeowners of deed scam

Bradenton, FL—Some Manatee County homeowners are receiving letters from companies offering to sell them a certified copy of their deed.  These copies are being offered for prices ranging from $50 to $100 per deed. 

The letters periodically appear in Manatee County and are often concentrated in a specific zip code or neighborhood, so that neighbors receive the letters at the same time.

“Your deed is a public record and is permanently maintained and preserved by the Manatee Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s Office,” says Clerk R. B. “Chips” Shore.  “You do not have to pay a private company for a copy.  You can view and print, for free, a non-certified copy of your deed from our website:  www.ManateeClerk.com. Should you ever need a certified copy, the cost is $1.00 per page and $2.00 for the certification.  In most cases, the total cost will be between $3.00 and $5.00.”