Senior State Senator Opposes Amendment 5
It's known as the "Tax Swap" Amendment, and the next senate president says it's more of a "bait and switch." so, he set out to do forum's around the state, and even invited tax swap supporters to debate. Gainesville is one of 14 cities on his tour. So far, no supporters have made it to the podium.
"This is not a tax cut yet," said Sen. Haridopolos. "It's a property tax cut that's a net tax increase."
Haridopolos says the plan sounds great. It has all the bells and whistles Florida voters would find appealing, but he says what's in the fine print should sound alarm bells.
"You're going to pay 900 more dollars in taxes," said Sen. Haridopolos. "That's pretty significant I think."
The amendment was created by a committee that meets every 20 years to propose changes to Florida's tax structure. But, if Haridopolos is right, people wanted to know why an amendment that promises to cut their property taxes by 30 percent will cost the state billions of dollars in services and cut education.
While the details are generating controversy, Senator Haridopolos is gaining traction, local Senator Steve Oelrich is behind Haridopolos.
"This is really not going to be good for education, not going to be good for the citizens of the state of Florida," said Oelrich.
It will take 60-percent voter support for the amendment to pass. The amendment is currently being appealed in court.
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