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Counties, cities launch anti-Amend 4 campaign

by Dara Kam | September 27th, 2012

Florida cities and counties have launched a “Tax Breaks 4 Snowbirds” campaign in opposition to Amendment 4, a proposed constitutional amendment with a smorgasbord of property tax breaks pushed by Realtors.

The Florida League of Cities and the Florida Association of Counties are fighting back against the Realtors, who’ve dumped more than $3.5 million into a campaign pushing the amendment that includes a cheeky “Tax Your Assets Off” marketing blitz.

“Amendment 4 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, president of the FAC, said in a press release announcing the new campaign.

State economists predict the measure will cost more than $1.7 billion over four years. The loss in tax revenue will be shifted to local governments and long-time property owners, who already benefit from the state’s Save Our Homes cap but won’t gain from the new proposal, the counties and cities say.

But Realtors and other supporters of the amendment put on the ballot by the legislature say it will boost Florida’s real estate market. They say the state economists didn’t take into consideration the potential positive impact real estate sales the measure could bring.

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2 Responses to “Counties, cities launch anti-Amend 4 campaign”

  1. NO on ALL AMENDMENTS Says:

    A simple fact on these amendments:

    YOU as a taxpayer will have to pick up the slack from those whom you give a taxbreak to.

    These amendments are to lessen the taxes on cops and firefighters.

    If you want to PAY MORE, then vote Yes on these amendments-because those who get the taxbreak won’t have to pay the taxes…YOU will pick up the missing tax money.

    SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. AND YOU WILL HAVE AN INCREASE IN TAXATION.

    NO! ON ALL AMENDMENTS.

    IF YOU VOTE, Yes, you belong to one of the many groups seeking a TAX BREAK

    If you VOTE, NO, that means that everybody pays taxes and there are no ‘special groups’-cops and fire fighters, who would get a lesser tax bill.

    And as usual, those “First Responders”, who are paid to sleep, paid to grocery shop, get free take home vehicles to use as a personal vehicle for family errands, shopping, eating out, taking kids to school and those with high pensions and free healthcare now want to pay LESS TAXES…and expect the rest of the public to pick up their portion of taxes.

    It’s simple: NO on ALL Amendments=equal taxation!

    Don’t give special groups-cops and firefighters the opportunity to pay LESS TAXES and still retain all their perks.

    Firefighters work 8 days a month! That’s wrong. They grocery shop using fire rescue vehicles-you see them in grocery parking lots!- they buy their groceries and are paid for grocery shopping.

    Cops get free police vehicles to travel back and forth to work. They use the vehicles to cart their families around.

    Now, they want to pay less in taxes.

    NO on ALL AMENDMENTS!

  2. All that said Says:

    We should be fighting for an amendment to double tax snowbirds. It is freaking impossible to drive in the area when they get here. You cannot go to a restaurant, go shopping or anything else. I say stay in the North.

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