Florida House set to consider tax breaks for first responders, teachers and military personnel – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A proposal that would increase property tax exemptions for teachers, the military and first responders is ready for consideration by Florida House.

The State Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a pair of related measures (HJR 1 and HB 1563) that could reduce nonschool property tax revenue by more than $90 million a year.

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Sponsor Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City, said the proposal is “one piece of the puzzle” to make Florida “the most desirable state for homeownership not just for these people, but for everyone.” those who want to come to our great state”. Rep. Dotie Joseph, a North Miami Democrat who voted for the measures, said the state must do more to make Florida affordable for all residents.

“The issues addressed in this bill are not just about the professions that have been selected in this bill,” Joseph said. Bob McKee, a lobbyist with the Florida Association of Counties, said the proposal would shift the tax burden further to non-landlords, businesses and some people in targeted occupations who are tenants.

Currently, homeowners can qualify for a property tax exemption on the first $25,000 of the property’s appraised value.

They may also qualify for a homestead exemption of $25,000 on a value between $50,000 and $75,000.

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Any higher land value is taxable. According to the proposal, residents could qualify for an additional $50,000 exemption if they are teachers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, child protective services professionals or members of the armed forces Americans or the Florida National Guard.

The exemption would apply to property values ​​between $100,000 and $150,000. The current exemption for value between $50,000 and $75,000 does not apply to property taxes collected for school districts, and neither does Tomkow’s proposal.

If lawmakers pass the proposal in the legislative session that ends next month, it will have to receive voter approval in the November election.

The Senate version (SJR 1746 and SB 1748) was approved by a committee.

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