Florida Property Tax Swap Off Ballot for Good After State Supreme Court Ruling

September 3, 2008

Florida’s tax swap ballot initiative will not appear on the November ballot. The Florida Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling removing it from the ballot because summary materials were confusing.

We commented on tax swaps here:

As we have stated before, tax swaps are not sound tax policy for three specific reasons. First, local control of schools gets shifted to the state level, harming local autonomy. Second, increasing the sales tax is a more problematic source of revenue and makes the state less competitive in relation to rates found in neighboring states. Third, and most importantly, if the swap means a zero net change in revenue, it won’t actually reduce Floridians’ overall tax burden, as they think it will.

Past blog posts on this initiative:


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