St. Petersburg, Florida - The November election is now less than a month away. There are 11 amendments on the ballot and to become an expert, you may want to start reading them now! It's a long ballot, so we're helping you out.
Amendments 2, 9 and 11 deal with the tax code and what political experts call "valence issues" - an issue that no one opposes... but perhaps should think twice about.
We'll begin with Amendment 2: It's a constitutional amendment which would allow for property discounts for disabled veterans. USF Professor Seth McKee says it's an extension of a loophole that already exists.
"People who were military that are in the state at the time, they get a reduction in property tax. This broadens that loophole to include anybody who is a military vet, even if they just came to Florida."
Now to Amendment 9:
"This could mean maybe no property taxes for you if you are the surviving spouse of a military vet who was in the line of duty when they were deceased, or a first responder, a firefighter... that sort of thing. [For] these brave men and women who lose their life in these situations, their spouse doesn't have to pay property tax or pays very little."
Amendment 11 is an additional homestead exemption. It says if the value of a property owned by a low income senior is $250,000 or less, they would get a tax exemption.
"You had to have the property that you're living on for 25 years or more. If that's the case and you're a low income senior, you get an exemption. You get to pay less in taxes at the local level," says McKee.
McKee says you can bet the budget isn't going to shrink along with the tax exemption. So a yes vote for these groups to pass less in property taxes means you'll probably pay more.
Here's a look at the sample ballot.
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