In The Legislature Today: Property Tax Reforms And Drone Regulation


I posted earlier today about the reduction in the state sales tax proposed by Rep. Rick Becker which will be heard before the House Finance and Tax Committee. Here are some other bills also being heard today:

HB1199, introduced by Rep. Jeff Delzer, would require that cities, counties and school districts pass their budget and tax levy in a manner that allows them to be referred by the public if a petition with signatures amounting to 10% of the qualified electors of that city/county/school district is filed.

HB1239, introduced by Rep. Ben Koppelman, would cap property valuation increases at no more than 3% a year. From the bill:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the taxable valuation on any parcel of taxable property may not exceed by more than three percent the amount of the taxable valuation on that parcel of taxable property in the preceding taxable year, except to the extent improvements to the property have been made which were not included in the taxable valuation of the property in the previous taxable year.

HB1373, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, would regulate law enforcement’s use of surveillance drones requiring them to obtain a warrant except in exigent circumstances such as a natural disaster or while searching for a missing person.

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  • Captjohn

    HB1199 and HB1239 are good starts at real property tax relief. In Florida the 3% cap is actually on the total of property tax on a citizens main residence. The cap does not apply to rental properties or to properties owned by non-residents. The political subs went crazy when it was enacted predicting all kinds of doom and gloom. This was especially true of our county school districts.
    We have suffered under one of the worst economies since the depression. The housing market here is just starting to rebound but has a long way to go. Guess what, all the political subs have weathered the storm. Some have done quite nicely well those which are managed poorly haven’t( read Miami-Dade).
    If I were to do anything different I would amend Rep. Koppelmans bill to read 3% on total tax levied on a piece of property. I would always fear the political subs, if limited on evaluation, would just raise the mill levy if they felt they needed to spend more money,

    • Rob

      I agree. I think both of these property tax proposals are steps in the right direction.

  • Game

    HB1199 is yet another bill to lead us towards a direct democracy.
    If we don’t like the budgets being passed by our elected officials, we should elect different officials. To think that every budget should be put to public vote by a disgruntled (and easy to obtain) 10% of the electorate is completely unnecessary and a recipe for gridlock.