Amendment One on agenda at Largo meeting listen01/16/08 Reif Russell Anderson
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Last night in Largo, citizens listened and learned as Amendment One information was shared in a town hall meeting at the local library.
The crowd of about 100 concerned citizens settled quietly in their seats and listened patiently to five guest speakers. The voters heard persuasive rationales for either accepting or rejecting the proposed Florida Constitutional amendment to cut property taxes for homesteaders and make Save Our Homes tax caps portable.
Both sides of the issue sparked enthusiastic responses from the audience, and afterward a sampling of citizens showed that voter opinions are split.
The issue of the inequities of the existing property tax laws and the proposed amendment seemed to be on the minds of many at last nightâ€™s town meeting. Darden Rice of the League of Women Voters spoke against the amendment.
Dr. David McKalip of Cut Property Taxes Now. acknowledged that the proposed amendment has serious flaws, but he is urging citizens to vote yes, and then support his effort to place another tax-cutting referendum on Novemberâ€™s ballot.
There was a strong sentiment among the crowd that the Legislature has not done a very good job in the crafting of this proposed change to the state constitution.