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Rubio gets behind 'Prop 13'-like citizen petition




House Speaker Marco Rubio, unsatisfied with the Legislature's proposed tax reform, has thrown his weight behind a citizen petition that boasts a 26 percent average property tax cut statewide.

The plan would restrict taxes to 1.35 percent of the taxable value of any parcel of property. On a property with a taxable value of $100,000 with no exemptions, the owner would pay $1,350 in taxes.

"This plan is simple, it applies to all properties, it keeps Save Our Homes, and it cuts almost $8-billion in property taxes," Rubio said Tuesday in an e-mail to friends and associates.

Story here. (and see below for his message in full)

"As many of you know, over the last six months we have been working to lower property taxes in the state of Florida.  The Florida House passed a number of measures that would have lowered property taxes and stimulated our economy. However, none of them became law. Instead, on January 29th voters will have the chance to vote for a property tax amendment that falls short of what we so desperately needed.

After our last special session, I reached the conclusion that only a citizen led petition drive will ever result in meaningful tax reform and relief.  Today, I am writing you to encourage each of you to support a grassroots petition drive which is underway in Florida. This plan calls for a maximum tax of 1.35% of the taxable value of a parcel of property. This plan is simple, it applies to all properties, it keeps save our homes and it cuts almost $8 billion in property taxes.

I encourage all of you to go on the groups website . Look over the plan and learn more about it. From the website, you can print and sign the petition. They need over 600,000 signatures by January 31st in order to put this question on the November 2008 ballot.

This is a true grassroots movement, led by citizen activists, not politicians. As such, it will take real activism to get it done. I encourage each of you to print as many copies of the petition as you can and get your family and friends to sign it as well. I encourage you to forward this e-mail to others as well. Share it with your co-workers, at church, and with your neighbors.  If each of us gets 100 people to sign we will be well on our way to clearing the first hurdle, the more than 61,000 signatures we need to get Supreme Court approval.

I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:28am]


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