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Tax swap amendment isn't the way to go

Tax swap leaves too many loose ends | Aug. 6, editorial

Amendment 5 isn't the way to go

Although the idea of lower property taxes is a positive one, having the voters approve Amendment 5 is not the direction Florida needs to head. Approving a constitutional amendment that will force the Legislature to find between $9-billion and $11-billion to replace lost revenue while holding schools harmless is only asking for problems.

Not only will this mandate begin two years from now, leaving the current situation untouched, but it will also require other taxes and revenue solutions that will be regressive and affect the elderly, the poor and those on fixed incomes disproportionately. Sales tax exemptions such as the famed luxury skyboxes should be evaluated, but services for the elderly in our senior living communities, affordable housing and assisted living should not.

The passage of Amendment 5 is no way to move Florida into the future or to treat its retirees. It is up to the citizens of Florida to step up and truly understand what Amendment 5 will do and the long-term consequences of a yes vote in November.

Luanne Reese, Dunedin

Tax swap leaves too many loose ends | Aug. 6, editorial

End the inequity

Of course it's a "swap." So? Taxpayers certainly know they must pay for the public school system.

Concurrent identification of equal alternative revenue sources may be significant to some. However, it should not be requisite to achieving its purpose, namely to eliminate the inequity of property tax as the main source of school funding.

I thought I would never live to see it proposed. I hope I live long enough to see it implemented.

Richards J. Lewis, Madeira Beach

What about Big Oil?

After another set of record oil company profits, it's amazing to me that nothing is forthcoming from our two major presidential candidates. As consumers continue to struggle with high gas prices, all we hear is how we can conserve energy but nothing about reining in big oil.

Charles Grunwald, New Port Richey

Petroleum uses are many

There has been a great deal of conversation recently about the need to properly inflate tires and conserving gasoline. At the same time, there's been no mention of the effect the price of oil has on the hundreds of thousands of everyday products that use petroleum in their manufacture.

Could it be that certain people have a vested interest in keeping the electorate in the dark about the need for even more development of petroleum offshore and in other parts of the country?

John Hungerford, Palm Harbor

Just showing off

How come the Republicans in Congress now want to follow "the will of the people" (polls indicating that a majority want offshore drilling)?

For years, a majority wanted our troops out of Iraq. No sit-in protest in Congress for that. How about polling the people about health care for all or control of insurance costs? Oh, that would be reining in this uncontrolled free market.

Will someone please ask these so-called representatives of the people how much this show-off protest will benefit the oil companies?

John Culkin, St. Petersburg

Require better mileage

I see that some in Congress want to give $7.5-billion of our dollars to Detroit to help them retool their cars.

If they're going to give our tax money to Detroit, let's insist that Congress tell Detroit to manufacture cars that yield 50-plus miles per gallon by 2012, and insist that the fleet average 40 mpg to get the gas- guzzling SUVs off the highway. (Or pick some really high number that will help the problem quickly).

Congress is really big right now on bailouts and giving away taxpayer money. Wouldn't it be nice if we had something to show for it in the end?

Rick Shale, Homosassa

A fair tradeoff

If politicians in states that are landlocked are so hot to have Florida take a chance on ruining its shoreline with a possible oil spill, I think they should put their money where their mouth is: Let's see if they are willing to support a national disaster fund just in case the unthinkable does happen.

I think that's a fair tradeoff: our shore for their money.

S. Diblasi, Spring Hill

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