Lakeland city commissioners are considering raising property taxes from $5.43 to $5.76 per $1,000 of assessed value in order to hire 13 additional police officers — the police chief had asked for 31 — and hire 12 firefighters for a planned new fire station north of I-4. A decision comes in September. If the higher rate is approved, city taxes would rise about $33 for a homestead assessed at $100,000, The Ledger reports. ALSO: City of Lakeland news release

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