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Misplaced priorities?

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October

Maybe lawmakers should spend more time fixing the state's property insurance woes than its property tax concerns. That's what more Floridians say, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the state teachers union.

Coming three months before a property tax initiative on the Jan. 29 ballot (assuming it stays on the ballot; see St. Petersburg Times story here), the survey of 800 likely voters statewide found 50 percent said lowering homeowners insurance is most important, while 37 percent said it should be cutting property taxes. Two percent said neither; 9 percent said both.

The Legislature's ballot proposal would ask voters to replace the $25,000 homestead exemption currently in place with a percentage-based system that would exempt up to $195,000 on the first $500,000 of property value. Legislative leaders say the proposal would save taxpayers $10 billion to $15 billion over four years, but critics say it would also knife school funding by $7.1 billion over five years. To see the poll results in detail, click here.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]

    

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