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Florida Voters Vote to Further Limit Property Taxes

1 min readBy: Gerald Prante

The anti-property taxA property tax is primarily levied on immovable property like land and buildings, as well as on tangible personal property that is movable, like vehicles and equipment. Property taxes are the single largest source of state and local revenue in the U.S. and help fund schools, roads, police, and other services. fervor that has swept the nation over the past couple of years has registered another victory. This time it was in the State of Florida. On Tuesday night, the voters approved Amendment 1, a measure that would scale back property taxes in the Sunshine State, mostly on primary homes. This was in addition to the property taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. cut that the state legislator and Gov. Crist put into law in 2007. For more on the vote, here is an Orlando Sentinel article discussing the vote, as well as providing a good brief overview of the issue in Florida.

An interesting question for local political pundits to answer is what was the role of the importance of the Republican Primary compared to the Democratic Primary in driving turnout and thereby influencing the vote on this measure, given that the former would be more likely to vote in favor of Amendment 1 to cut taxes. To what extent would the final result have been different, and would it have even made a difference?