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Date of Issue: August 18, 2005

Dreaded TRIM notices 'in the mail'

The precursor of property tax bills, the Truth In Millage, or TRIM notices, started arriving in Islanders’ mail boxes from the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s office this week.

The notice - clearly marked "This is not a bill" - provides information on pertinent taxing and assessment authorities for each of the Island cities.

The TRIM notice states last year’s property tax, the tax for the year 2005-06 if proposed changes are made by the various entities, and the tax if no budget changes are made.

It also includes information on September’s budget hearings for each taxing entity and/or a phone number for more information.