Amendment #6

Official Title:
Increased Homestead Exemption

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Official Ballot Summary: (Click here for a PDF of the full text.)
Proposing amendment of the State Constitution to increase the maximum additional homestead exemption for low-income seniors from $25,000 to $50,000 and to schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2007.
 
Amendment Type:
Legislative/Joint Resolution, this amendment was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature during the 2006 Legislative Session.  It was required to pass both the Senate and House by a 60% vote to be eligible for the ballot.
 
Sponsor:
Florida Legislature
HJR 353 (2006 Session)
Sponsor:  Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R-Miami)
 
Known Proponents:
Unknown
 
Known Opponents:

Unknown
 

Were Paid Signature Gatherers Used to Place This on the Ballot?
N/A - Amendment was placed on the ballot via the Legislature.  It was required to pass both the Senate and House by a 60% vote.
 
Arguments:
FOR
Low-income seniors* are vulnerable to sudden increases in property tax assessments, because many live on fixed incomes and simply can’t keep pace with increasing property taxes. This amendment will authorize the Legislature to allow local government to potentially ease tax burdens on those most threatened by increasing property taxes.
AGAINST
Property taxes generate a major source of revenue for local government. Reducing property taxes could financially devastate counties resulting in massive tax increases to cover revenue needs for schools and other local priorities. Therefore, reducing property tax burden on owners could result in a shift of tax burdens from the homestead property owner to other taxpayers.
 
What Your Vote Means:
YES
If approved by voters, Amendment #6 would authorize the Legislature to allow counties to increase the maximum additional homestead exemption for low-income seniors* from $25,000 to $50,000 effective January 1, 2007. Local counties have an existing option of adding an additional $25,000, therefore, a low-income senior* could receive an exemption from property taxes as high as $75,000
NO
If Amendment #6 is not approved by voters, homestead exemptions would remain as currently listed in the Constitution:

• $25,000 homestead exemption to all owners of “homestead” properties
• Allows local governments the option of offering an additional exemption to low-income seniors* of up to $25,000 (established in 1982)
 
Financial Impact:
There is not a direct financial impact on state government. If all counties were to fully implement the increased exemption and millage rates remain the same, it could have an impact of negative $36 million to local revenues.

Note:  The Financial Impact Estimating Conference is not required to adopt and prepare official financial impact statements to accompany proposed constitutional amendments which are placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature.

 
*Low-income seniors: 65 years old or above with a household income that does not exceed $20,000
 
 

 

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