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Forum on Proposed Property Tax Reform Constitutional Amendment

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


The political and public policy issue of the day and some believe the foreseeable future is property tax reform in Florida. Florida’s tax system is viewed as antiquated, inequitable, and at best, inadequate to meet the future social, educational, environmental, and economic development needs of the state. In an effort to address needed property tax reform, the Legislature has approved a Constitutional Amendment to be placed before the voters of Florida on January 29, 2008; but does this Amendment create true tax reform or simply employ more tax cuts? Does the initiative address critical flaws in the state’s tax system, have no real impact, or exacerbate the current problems? Instead of bringing you political posturing, the Tiger Bay Club’s next program will include representatives from organizations that have analyzed this Amendment specifically, as well as property tax reform needs generally, in an effort to better understand the implications of the January 29, ballot issue. The participants reflect both opposing and supporting views for the initiative and include Mike Sittig, Executive Director for the Florida League of Cities, Trey Price, Public Policy Representative for the Florida Association of Realtors, and Dominic Calabro, Executive Director for Florida TaxWatch. Please join us on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at the Silver Slipper to hear informed perspectives on this critical issue facing Florida and have your own questions ready to fire at the participants.


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