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Some prominent activists today launched Floridians for Property Tax Reform "to advocate for comprehensive, meaningful and equitable property tax relief that can be put before voters this year." Jose Cancela of Miami, a principal in Hispanic USA and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council for the group, announced the organization in Tallahassee with tax reform advocates from around the state.
"Floridians are hurting and can no longer afford to pay their property tax bills. We need relief tax relief now," said Jose Cancela. "Comprehensive reform will protect our small businesses and give our families and seniors more opportunities to achieve the American dream."
Co-chairs: Deon Long, Attorney, Orlando; Jose Mallea, Consultant, Miami, Jamie Yarborough, Realtor, Tallahassee, Jose Cancela, Principal of Hispanic USA, Miami, Charles Hilton, CEO of Hilton Enterprises, Panama City, Maureen France, Volusia Tax Reform, Daytona Beach. Advisory board: Anne Ahrent, Deputy Property Appraiser, Wakulla, Carlos Alfonso, CEO, Alfonso Architects, Tampa, Mike Francis, County Commissioner, Sumter County, Tom Henning, County Commissioner, Collier County, Kimberly Mitchell, City Commissioner, West Palm Beach, Margie Patchett, Founder and Executive Director of Volusia Tax Reform, Daytona Beach, Stuart Patchett, Volusia County Tax Reform, Daytona Beach, Ardra Rigby, Citizen Activist, Vero Beach, Len Schlofman, Optometrist, Starke; ex-officio liaison David McKalip, Neurosurgeon and Chair of Florida Taxpayers Alliance, St. Petersburg.