Pushing Amendment 1 on the First Coast
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.