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Property Tax Hearing Void of Numbers

June 4th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Today in Tallahassee, State lawmakers held their last public meeting before a special session on property taxes set for next week. They say there is substantial agreement on a course of action, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, some big decisions, like how much youll save, are still up in the air.

Hear it here: Property Tax Negotiations

Police and fire officials from around the state came in droves. Mike Brown of the North Naples Fire District says they are worried about cuts to local governments and to needed services Were funded strictly by property taxes and theres no place to cut other than fire protection. says Brown.

At a last hearing before a special session that begins next Tuesday, negotiator Dean Cannon of Winter Park painted a picture of agreement. The agreement has been reached that we will endeavor to get immediate relief to the taxpaying citizens of Florida this fall. Cannon told fellow lawmakers.

The certainties are that local governments will see cuts in revenue, homes will be assessed as a percentage of their value, there will be a cap on future tax increases, but when it comes to dollars and cents, there is only a big question mark.

Dont look to see how much youll save after this last pre-session hearing. No one really knows and the numbers are not set in stone. House negotiator Dean Cannon says it is a matter of deciding policy first, then plugging in the numbers. Were really doing what we said at the beginning which is building all of the architecture of the plan first, then well be able to calculate the numbers. That will be the last thing decided.

Expect to vote on whats approved here the same day you choose your favorite for President January 29th. The governor has said taxes must drop like a rock. But so far, the numbers are in limbo. The special session on property taxes begins next Tuesday and is scheduled to last 11 days.

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