Florida cities and counties raising fees to offset property tax reductions

Cities and counties across Florida are tightening their belts as they face a state-ordered cut in property-tax collections ranging as high as 9 percent this year.

But local governments are finding other ways to tap into residents’ wallets.

Scores are slapping higher fees on everything from water, sewer and fire protection to burial plots, overdue library books, admission to parks and pools and garbage pickup.

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