Lawmakers in Tallahassee are still talking about property tax relief, but so far it’s just talk. Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives are backing off on their ambitious plan to cut six billion dollars in property taxes and replace that money with a higher sales tax.
Now they’re working on plan “B” and there’s no sign of consensus in the capitol.
Gov. Charlie Crist never did embrace the house plan and he wants to hear more options.
“What makes sense to me is lowering property taxes significantly. That’s what makes sense to the people of Florida. And as I’ve said often, we’ll see a lot of good ideas come out during this session. I hope that they all get floated fairly soon, to be honest with you, so we have time to form consensus… uh… and that’s very important to me because we need to do that and we need to do it before the end of the session so that we can have a very good proposal to put before the people of Florida.”
House leaders say they decided to change plans because the senate was unwilling to go along with their original proposal to eliminate property taxes on homestead property.
House Democrats are suggesting their own alternative that targets middle class homeowners and renters.