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On the Road: Property Tax Cuts



The Legislature is taking property tax reform on the road and will hold a series of town hall meetings starting at the end of the month and lasting until the Legislature convenes in March. The first one will be in Panama City sometime in late January.

The two lawmakers heading it up, Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Indialantic, and Rep. Frank Attkisson, R-Kissismmee, say they are looking for ideas from the people and "nothing's off the table."

That said, they've got a few ideas of their own. Namely, both said that they're not in favor of redoing the Save Our Homes tax cap, which has shifted more of the tax burden from homeowners to business and investment property owners over the years. The cap has also created great disparity in property taxes paid by newer homeowners compared to longtime homeowners.

House Speaker Marco Rubio is very interested in getting a property tax amendment on the ballot this year, Attkisson said. That means getting three-fourths of the Legislature to agree.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:25pm]


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