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Homeowners Divided

January 9th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

YesOn1, the group created by the Governor’s to help pass Amendment One on January 29th released its first TV commercial today. The ad is designed to assure people the cap on their taxes is permanent, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us,  the change allowing homeowners to take their tax savings with them when they move has some homeowners seeing red.

Hear it here: Property Tax Amendment Continues to Spark Debate

Mark Jones and his growing family moved to Tallahassee eighteen months ago. His tax bill is twice that of some of his neighbors. Because of that Mark says he is going to vote No on January 29th. He worries it will only make the disparity worse.

“Well if it passes, it permanently sentences our family to always pay higher property taxes than our neighbors,” Jones said.

A block down the street Theodore Budd will cancel out Marks no vote. He likes Amendment One

“I feel that it’s out of control,” Budd said. “And if you give these people the money, they’ll find a way to spend it. We’ve got to find a way now to make due.”

Yes on 1, the group founded by the governor to support the increased property tax exemptions, released it’s first TV commercial.

The Governor hosted 20 business writers from around the state for lunch here at the Governor’s mansion. He used the opportunity to push a yes vote. He told them he will boost Florida’s sagging economy.

“It gives people the opportunity to go to that new house, to go to that different dwelling,” Governor Crist said. “And look what it would do to the real estate market in Florida.”

But Mark Jones won’t be swayed. And if the tax package passes, he may be one of the first to challenge it in court.

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