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Date of Issue: May 10, 2007

Tax issue to special session

As expected, the Florida Legislature failed to act on Florida's pressing property tax issues at the session that ended May 4 and scheduled a special legislative session in June to deal with the problem.

Florida's non-homesteaded property owners have been hard hit by dramatic rises in property taxes the past few years and reformers such as the Holmes Beach-based Citizens Against Runaway Taxation group have called for changes in the system of property appraisal and a rollback of the current ad valorem tax rate.  

CART has also criticized the accompanying rise in government spending, saying it’s precipitated by the increase in property tax revenues.