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Rubio Ups Tax Cut Ante

October 10th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

House Speaker Marco Rubio said Floridians would be disappointed in the Governorís doubling of the homestead exemption because it did not go far enough and suggested sweetening the tax cuts by three billion dollars. The Speaker would assess affordable housing at less than just value, eliminate property taxes for 500,000 low-income seniors, and create exemptions for homeowners who make energy efficiency upgrades.
The speaker noted next weeks special session would not be the end of the debate.
ďThis is about people not being able to afford what theyíre being charged, people upset that their appraisals are much higher than they think they should be. This is about our economy thatís suffering because the entire real estate market has come to a grinding halt, for a number of factors admittedly, but this being a big one. So this is not an issue thatís going to vanish, even after Iím gone.Ē

Rubio also called for changing the way people challenge assessments — putting the burden of proof not on the homeowner but the property appraiser. He also took a shot at the Miami Dade property appraiser…who is the only appointed appraiser in the state, calling for the election of all property appraisers.

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