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TBO.com Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:31 PM

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Taxpayers shouldn't pay

Regarding "Turner may ask Hillsborough County to defend him in lawsuit" (July 5): Rob Turner, the Hillsborough County property appraiser, should pay his own court costs. It is wrong for the taxpayers of this county to pay for legal expenses when he goes to court. This has got to stop. Didn't we learn anything from the Kevin White situation? These elected officials have nice jobs and plenty of money to pay their court costs. They shouldn't make taxpayers pay for their misdeeds.

Tom Chastain


TB going down

Inaccuracies in several recent media reports are outrageous. As soon as the Florida Department of Health saw a slight spike in the FL0046 Tuberculosis strain, we immediately reached out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and engaged stakeholders in the community.

As soon as the CDC site visit was completed, we re-formed The Jacksonville Community Tuberculosis Coalition, which enlisted several community partners, including the city of Jacksonville, the mayor's office, local officials and hospitals, the sheriff's office and homeless shelters. The purpose of the coalition is to ensure the homeless population is protected, the cluster is contained and the locally affected community is informed of the isolated strain within an isolated population.

Contacting these local government officials, community organizations and hospitals is a clear sign that these actions were conducted with the utmost level of transparency.

With the misinformation that has been reported, it is important for the public to know the number of TB cases in Florida has been trending downward for several years. The increase in this particular strain of non-drug resistant TB has affected approximately 99 people over the past eight years.

Dr. Steven Harris


The writer is deputy secretary for health for the Florida Department of Health.

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