Florida's Amendment One in Trouble?

By: Chris Casquejo
By: Chris Casquejo

There are 98 hundred registered voters in tiny Jefferson County. A large number of them turned out for the annual MLK parade. Many we talked to were aware of the coming vote on property taxes and worry about the impact a tax cut would have on their small county.
"It would have an affect on our county being a small area. But we need the police force. We need the ambulances. So I would rather have all the protection in my area,” says amendment opponent Michael Mathis.
The plan would double the homestead exemption and allow homeowners take their Save Our Homes benefits with them when they move. Some voters want a bigger tax cut.
“I’ve heard average savings of $249 per household and 500 per household. I don’t think that’s quite enough,” says amendment opponent Ron Cave.
With so little time before January 29th , the key in both big cities and small towns, is swaying the undecided voters.“I might vote yes. I might vote no. I’m not sure right now. I’m just going to wait and see what everyone else is doing,” says undecided voter Robert Johnson.
“I’m still undecided because I haven’t done my research to the fullest extent,” says undecided voter Damian Gilbert.
This is the first time the 60 percent threshold for approving an amendment will be put to the test.
Voter approved the 60 percent threshold in November 2006. The poll of 500 voters was conducted last week. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.


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