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Save Our Homes Challenge?

October 30th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Now that state lawmakers have passed a property tax plan, there are new
concerns the idea of limiting taxes on homesteads could be
unconstitutional. The argument was raised during debate, and today,
reporters asked the governor if he thought the new tax language, it
adopted by voters, could be ruled unconstitutional. He called on his
chief of staff George Lemiux, who answered the question this way:

Itís been the position of this office and of our legal council that the
current system of Save Our Homes as well as making it portable, which is
just really taking the current system with you, is constitutional. It
does not treat out-of-state folks any different then it treats in-state
folks. What it does is it prefers homesteaders, whether theyíre in-state
or out-of-state. So we believe itís constitutional and it will be defended.”

To date, there has been no aggressive court challenge to the
constitutionality of the Save Our Homes provisions, but making the
difference even larger between homestead and non homestead properties
might draw such a challenge.

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