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Amendments & Referendums

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Amendments

There are 3 Amendments on the ballot.

Yes on Amendment No. 1

Constitutional Amendment Article VII, Section 4; Article XII, Section 42

Limitation on the Assessment of Real Property used for Residential Purposes
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2023, to authorize the Lefiglature, by general law, to prohibit the consideration of any change or improvement made to real property used for residential purposes to improve the property’s resistance to flood damage in determining the assessed value of such property for ad valorem taxation purposes.

No on Amendment No. 2

Article II, Section 5; Article XI, Sections 2 and 5
Abolishing the Constitution Revision Commission
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission, which meets at 20-year intervals and is scheduled to next convene in 2037, as a method of submitting proposed amendments or revisions to the State Constitution to electors of the state for approval. This amendment does not affect the ability to revise or amend the State Constitution through citizen initiative, constitutional convention, the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, or legislative joint resolution.

No on Amendment No. 3

Constitutional Amendment to Article VII, Section 6; Article XII
Additional Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Specified Critical Public Services Workforce
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to grant an additional homestead tax exemption for non-school levies of up to $50,000 of the assessed value of homestead property owned by classroom teachers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, child welfare services professionals, active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, and Florida National Guard members. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2023.

Keys Democrats Note:   This is a cynical attempt to avoid a more serious problem. We underpay and under-support our teachers and other community servants, who often cannot afford to own a house. To give those who do the equivalent of an extra $50 a year is demeaning. We need to step up and give them the salaries and supplies they deserve.

For more information and another opinion about the amendments, click on this link for the League of Women Voters explanation. https://lwvfl.org/amendments-2022/

Yes on County Referendum 

Referendum On Extending The One Cent Infrastructure Sales Surtax Through 2048

Shall the existing one cent infrastructure sales surtax be extended through 2048 (it otherwise expires in 2033) with the proceeds used for the following projects: wastewater facilities and, only if those wastewater projects are completed or fully funded, recreation and conservation lands, marinas, courthouses, parking, offices, roads, bridges, airports, libraries, piers, auditoriums, riprap/seawalls, solid waste, jails, police/fire facilities, land acquisition, storm water and any public purpose authorized by law?

Keys Democrats Note: This is an easy yes since tourists mostly pay for it.

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