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Property Tax Campaign Begins

October 30th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Three months from today, voters will go to the polls to decide if they want to lower their property taxes. The plan was passed yesterday by the state legislature and will appear on the January 29th ballot. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, a number of groups may be lining up to tell you lowering your taxes may not be such a good idea.

Hear it here: Property Tax Campaign Begins

For Charlie Crist, Tuesday was day one in the campaign to convince voters the property tax cuts approved by legislators are a good idea.

“Well campaign like the dickens to make sure that they understand the truth of whats happened here, how good this will be for them, how good this will be for Florida families, ” says Crist.

Florida schools stand to lose an estimated 2.7 billion dollars over the next five years if the amendment passes. So one of the first calls the governor made was here..to the President of the Florida Education Association. “I talked to them, pleaded with them to hear us out before they launch.”

Mark Pudlow of the Florida Education Association, which represents teachers, says you should be worried about cuts if the amendment passes. “Its going to have an impact on programs and classes. It may have an impact on jobs”.

In addition to the teachers, there are four likely opponents to the amendment: the firefighters, the police unions, the cities and the counties. On the other side of the debate: Realtors…who already said they would spend up to a million dollars to pass an amendment they hope jump starts sales.

It is an argument Charlie Crist will use to sell the amendment to voters.

“This is going to fire up Floridas economy. This economic engine that has been held back, ” says the Governor.

In the end the amendment may prove to be too popular to oppose…or too expensive.

The tax cut is estimated to be about 12 billion dollars. It comes on top of a 15 billion dollar cut his past June.

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