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Florida Amendment 4: Florida Property Tax

Take a closer look at the proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution before you vote.

Amendment 4: Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Non-Homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal

This amendment would limit the allowable growth in the assessments on certain non-homestead properties from 10 percent to 5 percent. It would also prohibit increases in assessed value on homestead properties and some non-homestead properties when market values decrease. It also intends to give first-time homesteaders an extra exemption. The amendment also provides homestead tax exemption benefits to out-of-state residents.

Opponents, including the League of Women Voters of Florida, say the amendment would cost the state $1 billion over its first three years of implementation.

Supporters say the measure would make Florida’s property taxes more fair and that the amendment might stimulate the real estate market.

For complete wording of the amendment, visit the Florida Division of Elections online.

Steve October 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Want to see how this works out? Just look at California,,,it's about the same thing a Proposition 13, the 1978 amendment they put through which has ruined schools and is slowly strangling the state…..
JDMcC October 16, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This proposed amendment is a recipe for fiscal ruin. It would drain the city and county coffers of badly needed revenue at a time when consecutive years of budget shortfalls are already the new normal. Enough already. Most of us are responsible adults who would like to live in a civilized society where people pay their taxes to support the kinds of government services which, in the aggregate, keep our property values stable and accrue to the benefit of the whole community. What do you think will happen to your property value if this amendment goes through? Who will you blame when businesses refuse to locate to Florida because the state government is so corrupt that it forces our counties and cities to gut public services and sell every public resource off to the highest bidder (i.e., cronies who contribute to the campaigns of the crooks in the legislature who put this ill-conceived proposition on the ballot in the first place)? ENOUGH! If you want to live in a civilized city rather than a savage, Darwinian dystopia where the craven politicians and their crony benefactors make out like bandits at the expense of everyone else, VOTE NO!
Bill Stokes October 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Keep it simple and tell your friends in doubt. The lobbyists have written the ammendments to appease their employers, the corporations. The legistature rolls over without reading them oftentimes. VOTE NO on ALL ammendments and VOTE YES to retain the judges to avoid giving Rick Scott the power to appoint new ones. This will send a message to Tallahassee to start listening to the people.This is recommended by the League of Women Voters also.
Wesley Whittaker October 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Unfortunately, history has shown that most of us are NOT responsible adults, especially when we are given political power. Most people live in a self-indulgent LaLa Land where property values are either stable or always increasing. That is the grand delusion de jour. A property is only worth what the market says it is worth. If a giant sinkhole opened up on the third fairway of PYCC revealing a buried toxic waste dump, would you really care what the Assessor said those homes are worth? Really? Limit the governments power to tax you unfairly and irrationally. Vote YES on 4.

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