Hooper: Don’t trade progress for pennies. Reject Amendment 1

Former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief spoke out against Amendment 1 in 2017, but in Tampa Bay, county commissioners and city council members have been relatively quiet about the proposal that could make it more difficult for municipalilties to provide basic services. TIMES FILES
Former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief spoke out against Amendment 1 in 2017, but in Tampa Bay, county commissioners and city council members have been relatively quiet about the proposal that could make it more difficult for municipalilties to provide basic services. TIMES FILES
Published September 24 2018
Updated September 24 2018

A lot of Tampa Bay city and county elected officials should be sounding the alarm about Amendment 1.

The amendment, one of 12 voters will find on the November ballot, increases the maximum homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, but the devil is in the details. In some cases, itís asking residents to trade progress for pennies.

Most experts rightfully note that if approved, the amendment will make it vastly more difficult for municipalities to provide critical services. And, if Amendment 1 passes, it likely will have a disproportionate impact on low-income residents and communities of color.

The Florida League of Cities designed a toolkit for elected officials to challenge passage of the amendment. I hope officials use it to convince residents theyíre not against lower taxes, theyíre for better governance. Ö

Seen on a bumper sticker: Avoid Cliches Like The Plague. Ö

Kudos to former Tampa Bay Times staff writer Brianna Kwasnik, who courageously shared her story about battling an eating disorder on the pages of the Timesí Floridian section. It reflected incredible perseverance and journalistic promise. She can write. Ö

Weíre on pace to experience the warmest September in area history. Think about that.

This is a little premature, but if the USF and UCF football teams both enter their season-ending battle undefeated, Raymond James Stadium should sell out. I know Iíll be there. Ö

The shrimp and grits at Tripís Diner? Get some today. Ö

Some day Iím going to understand peopleís obsession with fear. Call me chicken, but you couldnít pay me to go to Busch Gardensí Howl-O-Scream.

Thatís all Iím saying.

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