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Solar's double message: Voters should vote yes now, no later

A "Yes on 4, No on 1" yard sign.

Steve Bousquet - Times

A "Yes on 4, No on 1" yard sign.



Signs like this one will be popping up regularly across the Sunshine State, as pro-Amendment 4 forces urge voters to vote yes now -- and no later.

Many groups supporting Amendment 4 on next Tuesday's primary ballot are also working to defeat Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot. Amendment 1 is actually a business-backed ballot initiative that critics say is deceptively pretending to be a consumer-friendly proposal, when in fact it is pro-utility and anti-consumer.

Utilities are the biggest financial backers of Amendment 1. (Read this letter published in the Miami Herald by Sam Fields of Plantation).  

Back to these signs, it's unusual -- and potentially a bit confusing -- for any interest group to send voters two different messages at the same time. The sign above shows no disclaimer from a sponsoring organization but the identical sign appears on the web site of the official "Yes On 4" effort, led by Floridians for Solar Choice.

Polls show voters are strongly in favor of Amendment 4, which would exempt solar panels and other renewable energy devices from property taxes paid by businesses. Passage requires approval by 60 percent of voters, and a recent Florida Chamber poll showed 70 percent in favor.

[Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2016 12:00pm]


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