Crist not so open about prop tax reformby Dara Kam | October 3rd, 2007
Gov. Charlie Crist continues to playing his property tax cards close to his vest, giving away little about what he hopes lawmakers will achieve in a yet-to-be scheduled special session revisiting the issue.
A Leon County judge threw a constitutional amendment placed there by the legislature off the Jan. 29 ballot because it was misleading and deceptive.
Now Crist, who promised months ago that property taxes would “drop like a rock,” says he and House and Senate leaders may opt for a different property tax reform than the proposed super-exemption that would gradually do away with the Save Our Homes property assessment cap.
Crist says he would like homeowners to be able to keep the popular Save Our Homes cap and take it with them when they move.
But he was mum about the reality of the legislature passing such a measure before the late October deadline to make it onto the Jan. 29 presidential primary ballot.
And, although Crist said he has an “open mind” about a new proposal, he revealed little if anything about what it should encompass.
“I want to do the will of the people. I think that’s exactly what we’ll do here. I’m not sure exactly what that’s going to be, every part and parcel of it. But I am encouraged that the House and the Senate want to work very hard,” Crist said.
Crist, whose first action was to create an Office of Open Government, said he doesn’t think he’s being coy about what he wants and that citizens should know where he stands.
“I’ve already read it. I’ve seen it in the paper already,” he said.