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Date of Issue: December 20, 2007

CART to host property tax proposal meeting

Islanders, mainlanders and anyone interested in the property tax situation in Florida are invited to a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19, to hear Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio present his plan for a maximum annual property tax increase of 1.35 percent.

Hosted by the grassroots tax group known as the Coalition Against Runaway Taxation, the meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at Dolphin Aviation at 8191 N. Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41) in Bradenton.

CART executive director Don Schroder said his organization “strongly” supports Rubio in his effort to gain the 600,000 signatures required by Jan. 31 to place the proposal before the electorate on the November 2008 ballot.

“This proposal protects all current homesteaded and Save Our Homes caps,” said Schroder, including the $25,000 homestead exemption, plus “all other exemptions such as widow/widower/veterans/age, etc.”

Rubio’s plan is simple. The 1.35 percent maximum annual increase applies to all Florida properties and does not include any sales tax increase. The speaker claims his measure will cut almost $8 billion in Florida property taxes.

Schroder said the public meeting is for Rubio and CART to receive input from concerned citizens, take questions and obtain signatures.

“This is a true grassroots movement led by citizen activists, not politicians,” said Rubio. “As such, it will take real activism to get it done.”

Rubio’s web site at explains his proposal in detail and provides the reader with an opportunity to place his or her signature on the petition.

For more information on the meeting and CART’s position, call Schroder at 941-720-7100 or Barry Gould at 941-448-5500. E-mails may be sent to Schroder at or Gould at