Crist stumps for Amendment One in Tampa

01/16/08 Seán Kinane
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Gov. Charlie Crist arrived by bus at a South Tampa home this afternoon to tout the Yes On 1 campaign. Floridians vote in less than two weeks on Amendment 1, which could lower the property taxes of most Floridians by an average of about $240 per year.

One argument against Amendment 1 is that local governments will have to lay off even more police officers and firefighters because of revenue shortfalls. But Crist doesn’t buy that.

Florida’s public schools will lose an estimated $1.6-billion if Amendment 1 passes, because the portability provision will reduced school tax revenues. But Crist said he would make sure public education would be adequately funded.

Dozens of supporters of the property tax cut amendment gathered at the home of Evelio and Nancy Prieto. Some held signs saying ‘Vote Yes on 1.” Gov. Crist said that the Prietos would save nearly $3,500 on their annual tax bill if Amendment 1 passes and they move to a smaller home. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco likes the fact that Amendment 1 would make the Save Our Homes assessment cap portable.

Nola Altieri is a real estate agent who attended the rally. She told WMNF that if Amendment One passes, it would help jump-start the real estate business in Florida.

Floridians can weigh in on Amendment 1 on Jan. 29 or in early voting that has already begun.

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