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Tax Battle Heats Up

January 7th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Early voting begins a week from today. In addition to potentially choosing the next president, voters will also decide the fate of a controversial change to property taxes. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Florida’s first responders say what you’ll actually be voting on is your safety.

Here it here: Tax Battle Heats Up

Nearly 3 hundred thousand absentee ballots have been mailed out across the state. Early voting begins on Monday, January 14th…which means the fight over a controversial property tax amendment is about to go into high gear.

Opponents mailed out thousands of flyers like this one…all timed to hit in the mailbox over the weekend. The mailing paints a grim picture. Fewer police, fire, and medical personnel when you need them.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell says the mailer is not an exaggeration. If the amendment passes, he expects to lose 100 deputies’…all of them from the road.

You can’t get a phone call that you are having a heart attack, or your house is on fire, or you are being robbed, and you get a recording that says you call is very important to us, and the first available fireman will come to you house as soon as he can”.

We showed the mailer to the Governor. He remains optimistic the amendment will pass.“Well, it’s ridiculous. I mean, the reality is you can’t fool the people. They know that before we had this run up in property tax, you know, we had policemen, we had firefighters, and the people are smart, they get it” says Crist.

Charlie Crist is clearing his schedule to push for a yes on one vote. This email asking for ten dollars from average citizens to help pass the amendment raised just 780 dollars from 45 people. But hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring in from corporations.

The governor had hoped to raise as much as 5 million dollars to push the amendment.

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