Florida Property Tax Update

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Our local Board of Realtors has sent out this notice to all members keeping us all up-to-speed on the progress of the Florida Property Tax issue now being debated and formed in Tallahassee.   I wanted to share this excellent summary with everyone. This article is from The Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors E-News.

Florida Property Tax Update
With the removal of Amendment 1 from the ballot on January 29th, the Governor and Legislature are working to get a new proposal ready for the ballot during the Special Session that has been prolonged through October 22nd.  The phase-out of Save Our Homes and the Super-Homestead Exemption portion of that amendment appear dead.

Proposals, ideas, and press conferences are at a breakneck pace on the property tax issue this week.  The Governor has outlined a plan and is personally asking Legislators to vote for it during special session next week.  You can read his proposal in bill form here:  Gov Crist language

His proposed constitutional amendment, which he wants the voters to see on January 29th, 2008, would:

  • Double the homestead exemption to $50,000 (though school board taxes would stay exempt at $25,000) that would increase with CPI each year
  • Offer a blanket 25% homestead exemption for owners of homestead properties who have never owned homestead property in Florida.
  • Allow unlimited statewide portability of Save Our Homes exemption to homesteaders (excluding the school board tax portion) by allowing the full amount to be carried to the next homestead if buying up; if buying down the new assessed value would be equal to the old homestead's assessed value to market value ratio.
  • Exempt the first $25K of the tangible personal property taxes paid by businesses and mobile home owners
  • Apply an across-the-board revenue cap on local governments, including property taxes (already in law), and collection of almost all fees and taxes - including impact fees, local business taxes, utility fees, and licenses.  This will provide additional protection across the board for all property owners.

That is how the plan is laid out now, but again - much is subject to change over the next few days.  Governor Crist seems open to exempting a higher portion of a homestead property value, and he's mentioned the third tier, from $50K - $75K.  This issue was specifically mentioned as an alternative in discussions between John Sebree and top aides to Governor Crist today.

The Senate plan will be unveiled later this week, but through FAR's meetings with top legislators and staff we've learned that it will likely:

  • Offer statewide portability of a limited amount of Save Our Homes savings, and have it limited over time.  EXAMPLE:  John Smith ports $200,000 in savings value to his next homestead, but every year his assessed value will rise by 8% (no matter what), and eventually (after 12-15 years) raising his assessed value to his purchase price.  At that point, his assessed value reverts back to the Save Our Homes value of 3%.  The Senate claims that this is a federal constitutionally-sound method of providing portability.
  • Offer a 50% homestead exemption to owners of homestead properties who have never owned homestead property in Florida, and have that phase out over 5 years OR offer a larger homestead exemption of $50,000 that phases out over 5 years (and leaves them with a $25,000 exemption).  This may ONLY apply to homes bought at or below median home price in the area.
  • Exempt the first $25K of the tangible personal property taxes paid by businesses and mobile home owners
  • A non-homestead and commercial assessment cap (similar to Save Our Homes) at 8 or 10 percent maximum per year


The House plan will be unveiled later this week as well, but so far we know the following:  the House Republicans want more dollar savings ($3 billion), and while not completely agreeing with all concepts the Governor has laid out, want the following to be included as well:

  • Total elimination of property taxes for low income seniors
  • Targeted relief for affordable housing
  • Targeting relief for working waterfront properties
  • Additional property tax relief for property owners making energy efficient improvements to homestead and non-homestead owners
  • Make the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser an elected - rather than appointed - position

Both the House and Governor insist that this is not the end of tax reform in any case, but the Senate is sending messages that they want to end most property tax reform talk until 2009 if a ballot proposal in January passes.  There is also some concern around Tallahassee that the House may throw up their hands and not be able to come to any agreement with the Senate on a ballot property tax reform measure. 

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Christine, We had John Sebree from FAR address our assoc during the day and the public at night to explain what is going on with the Tax reform.  You may want to get him to come yo your assoc.  He is a great speaker!

On another note, is Lisa Gurske your AE?  I just love her!

Oct 12, 2007 05:27 AM #1
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Christine Bohn
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That is a great idea....and yes, I will call Lisa Gurske and tell her. 

Oct 12, 2007 08:19 AM #2
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Rob Arnold
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Hopefully the legislature will actually do something to cut taxes.  It looks like all they are doing right now is switching around who pays how much, but no actual cut in revenues.
Oct 15, 2007 04:04 AM #3
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Christine Bohn
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Rob - we are all just waiting to see what will happen.  Our local paper is running alot of articles about how horrible it will be to the County Budget if taxes get cut to the homeowners.  I truly wonder and worry what they will decide to do - if anything.?! 
Oct 15, 2007 05:24 AM #4
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
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Christine, I don't see anything in the senate and house proposals addressing homeowners who are currently homesteaded and don't plan to move, unless its out of the crummy state!  Does that mean SOH stays at 3%?  I've been saying all along, property taxes were not even discussed during the last campaign, it was all about insurance reform.  What happened to that?  Oh sorry, the insurance industry financed Crist's campaign so how could he possibly propose to reform that industry.  Insurance premiums are what is killing homeowners in this state.  Would be nice if he would keep his campaign promise and make the industry let go of  a few billion dollars in profits and ease up on the insured.
Oct 15, 2007 02:55 PM #5
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Christine Bohn
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Terry - sometimes I forget how horrible the insurance issue is for "coastal" Florida people.  With us here in the middle, we don't have the quadruple insurance raises that coastal homeowners have dealt with.  And it's very true, some buyers can't get qualified with the escrow amounts for insurance and/or taxes. 
Oct 16, 2007 06:00 AM #6
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