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Rock, feather, YouTube



It has the feel of a late-night infomercial, but designers of the 1.35 percent property tax cap have created a YouTube video to explain and promote the proposal.

The man in the video is Blaise Ingoglia, a Spring Hill homebuilder who organized "Government Gone Wild" seminars that helped lead to a record budget cut in Hernando County this year. "We were promised taxes would drop like a rock and they actually dropped like a feather," Ingoglia says, leaving out that a second round of cuts are on the Jan. 29 ballot. (Some argue that still falls well short of 'a rock.')

The citizen group Cut Property Taxes Now is trying to gather enough signatures for the November 2008 ballot, though that's an uphill climb.

House Speaker Marco Rubio has endorsed the 1.35 percent plan and was supposed to do a four-city flyaround on Saturday. But that has been pushed back. A new date has not been set.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:10pm]


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