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The Sarasota County School District saw its overall property value rise 7.61 percent from 2013 to 2014. Photo by Norman Schimmel NORTH PORT, SCHOOL DISTRICT, SEE BIG JUMPS IN PROPERTY VALUES NEWS BRIEFS Sarasota County realized a slightly higher overall property tax value for this year than the earlier forecast showed, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser's Office. The total final value submitted to state offi- cials was $43,466,046,705, up 6.65 percent from the 2013 value and a slight increase over the preliminary figure of 6.5 percent that Property Appraiser Bill Furst conveyed to the County Commission during its June 25 budget workshop. The change translates into about $250,000 more for the county to incorporate into its 2015 fiscal year budget than staff had planned on as of June 25. The City of North Port saw the highest increase in value of all taxing entities, the Property Appraiser's Office reported. Its total property value of $2,655,030,789 for 2014 is 10 percent higher than the 2013 number. The Sarasota County School District was in second place. Its property value of $46,981,167,444 for 2014 is up 7.61 percent compared to the 2013 figure. In third place is the Siesta Key Lighting District, with its total value 7.47 percent higher than the 2013 number. The City of Venice saw its total property value rise by 6.95 percent, while the Town of Longboat Key realized an increase of 5.18 percent. As previously reported, the City of Sarasota's property value is up 5.53 percent this year. Rachel Brown Hackney

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