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Mayors Oppose Amendment One

January 11th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist plans a bus trip across Central and Southwest Florida next week to push his controversial plan to cut property taxes. Today the Governor got new opposition, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us, even if the tax plan passes, taxes may not go down as much as predicted.

Hear it here: Mayors Oppose Amendment One

The Florida League of Mayors is the latest group to oppose the January 29th Property Tax referendum. Florida Cities have already given a thumbs down, but for the first time, the Mayors say taxes for many could go up if voters approve the plan.

Under certain circumstances, this proposal may spark a rise in local property taxes, which will erode savings for homeowners and increase tax bills for other property owners, Sunrise Mayor Steve Feren said.

The group also took aim at the money behind the plan…Donald Trump and used car dealers.

We know that Donald Trump is used to saying youre fired, Feren said. So he doesnt care what happens, hes just interested in saving money on his mansion.

The independent watchdog Florida Taxwatch also got into the fray, saying the tax amendment could do more harm than good.

It doesnt target the relief to people whove been hurt the most with the recent runup in property taxes, Kurt Werner with Taxwatch said. It basically perpetuates and exacerbates an already bad system.

Despite the opposition, the governor remains confident.

The governor is telling reporters that he has an internal poll showing the amendment will pass. But when asked for it, he wouldnt give it up.

Early voting begins Monday, and a large number of absentee ballot requests suggest heavy interest for an unusual January election

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