Property Tax Break for Military on Florida Ballot

By: AP
By: AP

Miami, Florida (AP) --

Military personnel serving overseas would get a
property tax break if Amendment 2 on the Nov. 2 ballot passes.

It would create a new homestead exemption for troops serving in
certain conflict areas outside the United States. If it passes, the
Legislature would decide exactly which conflict regions qualify.

Republican state Rep. Mike Horner said he proposed the amendment
after hearing stories of Florida-based soldiers serving in
Afghanistan who were worried about paying property tax bills back
home.

The measure passed the state House and Senate unanimously and
there is no organized opposition. Like all amendments, it must be
approved by 60 percent of the voters to pass.

The price tag is pegged at about $14 million in lost tax
revenue.


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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 16, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    And just where do you want those National Guard and Reserve peronnel to live? Got a spare bedroom? Better yet, lets pay these men and women by the hour commensurate to the responsibilty, skill, education and technical ability that they would recieve in the civilian community. Make sure that there are compensatiry awards for poor food, family seperation and substandard quarters while your at it.
  • by me Location: tally on Oct 10, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    I'm all for helping service members but if they don't want to pay property taxes...they shouldn't buy property. Just live in base housing.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 8, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Glad to see someone who deserves a break getting one. I have watched enough tax money diverted to subsidize coastal property owners insurance premiums to know that not only can we afford to give our servicemen and women a respite, it's the right thing to do.. If you didn't understand my post " your insurance costs are yours, not mine ". But every floridian is paying a percentage of your insurance because you choose to live in a high risk area. Before you open your mouth, engage your brain..
  • by AlligatorGar Location: Panacea on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    NO MORE TAX BREAKS! YOUR taxes are YOUR responsibility, Mr. or Ms. Military. They are NOT MINE!
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