June 23, 2017


‘Tax Cap for Non-Homestead Properties’


By James D. York, P.A.


Back in 2008, Amendment 1 to the state constitution was approved by Florida voters. It put a 10 percent annual cap on property taxes for all non-homestead properties in the state, effective for ten years. (As defined by Florida law, non-homestead property is any property not used as a residence or vacation home—vacant land, for example.) So, unless the amendment is renewed in the 2018 general election, it will expire on January 1, 2019.


A new bill, HJR 21, sponsored by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, will give voters the opportunity to make the tax cap permanent. The Senate has also proposed CS/SJR 76, filed in November 2016, “Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to remove a future repeal of provisions in Section 4 of Article VII that limit the amount of annual increases in assessments, except for school district levies, of specified nonhomestead real property, etc.”  The joint resolution must be passed by three-fifths of each house of the Legislature before it goes up for vote; then, at least 60 percent of voters must approve for it to pass.


This sounds like a good thing for all of us. Just give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about how this might affect your property.


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