Sarasota official slams lawmakers over tax cuts

10/12/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last night WMNF heard from a rental property owner and a representative from Canada, two people who say that the proposed new constitutional amendment on property taxes still will do nothing to help provide tax relief.

In working to give Florida homeowners property tax relief, state legislators have dismissed complaints from local officials about the mandatory budget cuts imposed earlier this year, and those still to come if the proposed amendment is approved in next January.

Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton is one local official who is tired of hearing lawmakers criticize local officials. He says that historically property tax revolts have occurred when state legislators nationally have shifted the burden of paying for schools to the cities and counties from the state.

Thaxton says if the amendment passes, the budget cuts will be much more dramatic than what played out in Sarasota County earlier this year.

Thaxton says he and his colleagues have presented different property tax cutting proposals that have gone nowhere.

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