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Senate passes "super" homestead exemptions



Ot_269040_zupp_taxes_3_2The Senate, on a 25-12 party line vote, has passed the plan to ask voters to approve new homestead exemptions worth $50,000 to $195,000.  Homeowners could choose to go with the new exemption or keep Save Our Homes - a change introduced today to make the plan more attractive.

Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres was emblematic of Democrats’ objection. “I support tax cuts, but I will not vote for a tax cut on the backs of our students,” he said. “They said ‘We’ll we promise to make it up somewhere.’ But you can’t fund schools on hollow promises, no matter how well intentioned.”

The House is expected to pass the bill later today. The separate rollback and cap is also expected to pass.

[Times photo by Chris Zuppa: Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, congratulates Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden. The two men then walked over to the House and shook hands with Speaker Marco Rubio.]

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:28pm]


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