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Amendment One In Danger

January 22nd, 2008 by flanews

A new poll shows that only 45 percent of likely voters support an amendment to cut property taxes, well short of the 60 percent needed for approval. The poll from the Jacksonville Times Union and South Florida Sun-Sentinel shows 34 percent are opposed. As Chris Casquejo tells us, the fate of the tax cut lies in the hands of undecided voters now.

Hear it here: Amendment One In Danger

There are 9,800 registered voters in tiny Jefferson County. A large number of them turned out for the annual MLK parade. Many we talked to were aware of the coming vote on property taxes and worry about the impact a tax cut would have on their small county.

It would have an affect on our county being a small area,” said voter Michael Mathis. “But we need the police force. We need the ambulances. So I would rather have all the protection in my area.

The plan would double the homestead exemption and allow homeowners take their Save Our Homes benefits with them when they move. Some voters want a bigger tax cut.

Ive heard average savings of $249 per household and 500 per household,” said voter Ron Cave. “I dont think thats quite enough.

With so little time before January 29th , the key in both big cities and small towns, is swaying the undecided voters.

I might vote yes. I might vote no,” said voter Robert Johnson. “Im not sure right now. Im just going to wait and see what everyone else is doing.

Im still undecided because I havent done my research to the fullest extent, said Damian Gilbert.

This is the first time the 60 percent threshold for approving an amendment will be put to the test.

Voters approved the 60 percent threshold in November 2006. The poll of 500 voters was conducted last week. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

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