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SOH portability passed a significant hurdle

Author johnbsims3
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#1 | Posted: 21 Apr 2007 10:20 
Congratulations

You will be reading in tomorrow's newspapers that SOH portability passed a significant hurdle with its near unanimous passage in the Policy and Budget Committee. A companion bill which would put it on the ballot this November in a special general election also passed.



Hopefully it will be debated on the floor and agreed upon by the Senate.



Once again thanking Chairman Samson for hearing the bill would be helpful in getting it heard by the full house.



Continue encouraging your Representative and Senator to support this legislation. Letters to your local newspaper will begin to get the support required for passage this fall.



Representative Carl J. Domino

District 83
http://www.floridahomesteadservices.com

Author johnbsims3
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#2 | Posted: 26 Apr 2007 08:59 
SAVE OUR HOMES UPDATE!

Things are moving rapidly and in a very favorable direction. Yesterday evening
Gov. Crist re-iterated his determination that our portability legislation be put on
the ballot this fall. This follows a meeting I had with him on Monday, explaining
more fully the benefits to be derived. Our biggest enemy is portability "light"
proposals - I continue to have dialogue with Appraiser Lori Parrish's office
as well as the Florida Association of Realtors, to encourage them to support
"full "portability.

Also, we have commenced discussions to organize support for the passage of
the constitutional amendment when it comes to a vote.

While we are not over the finish line, I believe that if we can get full portability on
the floor for a vote, we will get little opposition.

Thank you for your help, Contact your State Senator to advocate his/her
support of full portability.

Rep. Carl J. Domino
District 83
http://www.floridahomesteadservices.com

Author johnbsims3
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#3 | Posted: 26 Apr 2007 08:59 
Crist raps property-tax jumps, vows to help irate homeowners
By Brian E. Crowley
Palm Beach Post Political Editor
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
PALM BEACH GARDENS Gov. Charlie Crist told a crowd of more than 300 angry homeowners Tuesday that he will not back down until Florida lawmakers reduce property taxes dramatically.
And Crist showed little sympathy for city and county government officials who worry that lowering property taxes will mean a reduction in services.
"How much money do they need?" Crist shouted while striding across a stage at Palm Beach Community College's Eissey campus.
Crist said local governments have reaped a fortune from rising property assessments and are more interested in paying for bigger government than helping people who need tax relief.
When someone in the crowd complained loudly that the Palm Beach County Commission has $2.3 billion in reserves and set-asides, Crist acted shocked.
"County government ain't a bank," Crist said. "It's your money, and they ought to give it back to you."
Crist and Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who was in Punta Gorda, are having a series of town hall meetings around the state to stir support for lowering property taxes.
Florida lawmakers, who have less than two weeks left in their 60-day session, have explored a variety of ideas but the House and Senate remain far apart.
Jeanette Waddle, a Greenacres resident who is married with three children, told Crist that her property taxes increased from nearly $2,600 in 2005 to more than $4,600 in 2006.
"It's taking money away from us for going on a trip, taking a vacation," she said. "And more important, it is taking money we could apply to college" for the children.
Some in the crowd also complained about rising prices for property insurance.
State Sen. Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, who was on stage with Crist, said lawmakers will continue to push legislation forcing insurance companies to reduce rates.
Some in the crowd wanted more than just promises of lower taxes and property insurance. Several kept asking: "When?"
"Enough is enough. We got the message," Crist said repeatedly, adding that he expects lawmakers to get the job done by the time the session ends next week.
"We want to drop property taxes, and we want to drop them like a rock."
http://www.floridahomesteadservices.com

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