Maybe it is time for a new approach to taxing real estate and still keep necessary funds coming into local government. Necessary is the operative word.
What is necessary?
How much money do we really need to operate the county? I think it is a lot less than we spend now. By the way, where is the budget? Is it printed for examination? I need to look into these things.
Ok, ask yourself, should voters have more of a say in certain county expenditures - like purchasing land for one thing or funding public enterprise like the Van Weezel. Do we need to buy land as a public body which is not intended to be used for public service? I don't think so.
Should certain services like trash pick-up be turned completely over to private enterprise including the billing? If I am gone for awhile, why should I pay for the trash truck to come by my house? I think this is one area we could cut out of the county budget and pay as you go.
Another service could be the park and beach maintenance service including the lifeguards. Private enterprise could do a lot better job and charge the county a lot less money. No jobs are being lost. They are just being transferred to private enterprise.
I have never seen a public service that could not be better served through private enterprise? How about schools? You want better results in schools? Get rid of the public administration and the teacher unions. Let private contractors run our public schools and for that matter our fire departments. The airport just saved a ton by going to a private fire department.
I think there are many answers to the outrageous real estate taxes in Florida, which are workable. We just have to have enough people stand up and say "no more".