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Pushing Amendment 1 on the First Coast



Img_0883 Gov. Charlie Crist campaigned for the property tax amendment in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton Thursday, and will be in Orlando and southwest Florida Friday. He met with a group of Realtors who hope a higher homestead exemption and a portable Save Our Homes tax cap will jump-start a slack housing market. But the people have to vote to cut their own taxes.

"We're giving the people to power to do it," Crist said. "I don't know what else I can do." When a local reporter asked why a conservative group like Florida TaxWatch would oppose the Amendment, Crist replied: "Maybe the tax watchdog wants more taxes. I don't understand their analysis."

Jacksonville, surprisingly, is a hotbed of Amendment 1 opposition, with Mayor John Peyton and business leaders opposed to it. The governor cited overnight tracking polls showing the Amendment drawing a 60 percent support of 60 percent of voters -- just enough to pass next Tuesday. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:18pm]


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