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Tax Cap Plan Resurrected

March 10th, 2009 by flanews

Republican Lawmakers are trying to resurrect a tax cap plan, killed by the State Supreme Court last year.

The Senate Community Affairs Committee passed a joint resolution today aimed at allowing the plan on the 2010 ballot. If approved by the legislature and voters, property taxes would be capped at 2010 levels. Then, yearly increases would be limited to 1.35 percent a year. Resolution sponsor Mike Bennett said capping taxes would boost housing sales.

You have a huge glut of houses in our market. We want those people from Illinois and Michigan to take that inventory off the market and if they know their property tax increases are going to be capped at some level, it provides a little more certainty in their life, said Bennett.

Many County and city governments, as well as schools, oppose the plan because it could reduce their budgets.

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