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SARASOTA COUNTY -- Local civic and business leaders want to rally taxpayers to demand elected officials stop cutting funds earmarked for low-cost housing.
Since 2003, the state Legislature has siphoned money from an affordable housing trust fund for the state's general fund. The money comes from a tax on real estate transactions that developers and agents agreed not to oppose, on the condition that the money go to affordable housing.
Sarasota County is getting less than $3 million from the state trust fund. According to the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development, the county is being …