All Eyes on Tally days before Special Session

06/08/07 Mitch E. Perry
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4 days before the state Legislature convenes a special session to consider perhaps the biggest property tax cuts in Florida's history, several legislators themselves say they know little about what they are about to vote on.

Even while the respective leaders of the House and Senate boast of making substantial progress toward crafting a property tax plan, local legislators say they are still mostly in the dark about what is about to be put before them.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Democrat Keith Fitzgerald of Sarasota and Republican Ron Reagan of Bradenton admitted yesterday that they have no idea about what numbers or specifics are being discussed in Tallahassee. Governor Charlie Crist may or may know what will happen next week during the Special Session. But he said in his weekly radio address distributed to stations today that he expects there to be substantial tax relief (roll tape#1 o.q.”great state of Florida”) USF Political Science Professor Susan McManus says the pressure will definitely be on all 160 state legislators next week, as well as Governor Charlie Crist (roll tape#1 o.q.”state legislature”)

The biggest question around the tax plan remains the potential for a constitutional amendment that would replace the current Save Our Homes cap on property taxes with a tiered exemption program that would require a statewide vote.

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