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The accidental tax amendment




[The faces of Marco Rubio and Dan Gelber say it all. Times | Scott Keeler]

The property tax amendment on the Jan. 29 ballot was hastily assembled out of spare parts and leftovers by a Legislature short of time. It's a cautionary tale of power politics. ... the actual constitutional amendment citizens will vote on - a plan that deeply expands those inequities - was thrown together in a hardball game of politics with events linked by a chain of unintended consequences.

The result is a plan that provides meager savings to the average homeowner and exposes the state to a lawsuit. Still, in the bizarre vortex of property taxes, it is a plan that has a better chance of getting the 60 percent approval. (More here.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:26am]


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