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Voters, new tax cuts up to you
By CHARLIE CRIST, Special to the Times
Published September 2, 2007
Last year, I traveled across our great state listening to the people of Florida. I heard from men, women, young and old of the burden Florida's property taxes have on the American Dream. As your governor, I have made property tax relief a priority of my administration.
Today, 18-million Floridians rely on my commitment to protecting their ability to achieve the American Dream. I want each and every one of you to know that we are working hard every day to do just that. We will not give up and we will not allow the burden of government spending to shatter that dream.
Floridians across our state have received TRIM notices from their local property appraiser. Based on these estimates, some Floridians have experienced relief while others have expressed concern that their tax rate has not decreased. Help is on the way.
Thanks to the tremendous work of the Florida Legislature, led by Senate President Ken Pruitt and House Speaker Marco Rubio, one of the greatest cries of the people of our state was heard this year and the work of providing property tax relief began.
In June, they passed and I signed a two-part property tax cut package aimed at bringing the relief that Floridians need and deserve. The first part of this legislation rolls tax rates back to last year's levels - relief that many taxpayers will see this year. This rollback was just the first step.
The final decision lies with the people of Florida. On Jan. 29, 2008, Floridians have the power to cut their taxes even more. Voters will be able to vote on a constitutional amendment that will affect their property taxes in 2008. Current Save Our Homes and $25,000 exemptions may be replaced with an exemption equal to 75 percent of the first $200,000 of the homes value.
I am an optimist. In recent days, skepticism has begun to distract the focus at hand. Property taxes will drop, as long as the people exercise their right to vote on Jan. 29.
Here in Tallahassee and around the state, we will continue to work hard every day. We will stand our ground and we will hold our resolve that Floridians need and deserve property tax relief. We will do our part and I encourage you to do yours by voting to cut your taxes on Jan. 29.