Property Appraisers Push For Tax Breaks For Coastal N.W. Florida Counties

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Property appraisers from three northwest Florida counties and a state representative say the Legislature should allow tax appraisers to lower coastal property values immediately because of the oil spill.

Appraisers from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties and Rep. Dave Murzin says the state should then push oil giant BP to compensate the northwest Florida counties for their lost revenue. Otherwise, the tax burden would shift to inland property owners.

They say the Legislature should call a special session soon to deal with the oil spill crisis.

The spill began April 20 when a BP drilling rig off Louisiana exploded. Tar balls and other oil products from the spill began washing up on the far western Northwest Florida beaches last weekend.

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