Constitutional Amendment No. 2: Collins Center for Public Policy


Sponsor/Originator: The Florida Legislature

Title on Ballot: Homestead ad valorem tax credit for

deployed military personnel

Official Summary: Proposing an amendment to the

State Constitution to require the Legislature to provide

an additional homestead property tax exemption

for members of the United States military or military

reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its

reserves, or the Florida National Guard who receive

a homestead exemption and were deployed in the

previous year on active duty outside the continental

United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military

operations designated by the Legislature. The exempt

amount will be based upon the number of days in the

previous calendar year that the person was deployed.

The amendment is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

What it would do: Instruct the Legislature to enact an

additional homestead exemption for Florida homeowners

on active military service outside the country. The size

of the tax break would be based on the amount of time

served overseas in the previous year.

Arguments for: Military personnel based overseas

are performing important services for our country at

considerable sacrifice. This amendment would help

compensate them for that service.

Arguments against: Providing an additional exemption

to certain property owners would reduce tax collections

by hard-pressed local governments.

About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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