Poll: Floridians prioritize affordable health care, school choice and property tax reform | Local News

A new poll conducted by the Center for Excellence in Polling, a project of the Foundation for Government Accountability, found that Florida voters support affordable health care options, education choice and tax reform. land, with “many issues studied enjoying broad support across the political spectrum.”

When it comes to health care, 84% of voters support making it easier for small businesses, entrepreneurs and others to provide more affordable health insurance to their employees and families. Support was high across the political spectrum with 89% of Republicans, 84% of Democrats and 78% of independents expressing support.

The majority of Floridians surveyed, 74%, also support property tax reform, including increasing the state property tax cut for those who pay early. Currently, those who pay early get a 4% discount. Voters voiced their support for increasing the rebate to 8%.

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According to tax-rates.org, the median property tax in Florida is $1,773.00 per year for a home with a median value of $182,400. Counties collect an average of 0.97% of a property’s estimated fair market value in property tax per year.

Florida’s average property tax rate is roughly in the middle of state rates based on the average amount of property taxes collected.

A slim majority surveyed, 59%, say they want to expand the state property tax exemption. Currently, the exemption can be used for the first $50,000 of the assessed value of the owner’s principal residence. Respondents support increasing the cap if or when the value of the home increases.

The first $25,000 of the exemption applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional $25,000 exemption applies to assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only non-school taxes, explains the Florida Revenue Department.

When it comes to educational requirements for government jobs, work-study programs, or the school curriculum, the majority of Floridians surveyed said they want more options.

On expanding work-study programs, which lower tuition for working students, 83% said they support it, including 85% Democrats and 85% Independents. Currently, college work-study programs are funded by federal and state taxes that allow students to reduce their tuition in exchange for on-campus work.

Another 68% expressed support for accepting on-the-job experience instead of college degree requirements for local and state government jobs.

When it comes to school choice, allowing parents to choose a different school – private or public – if a parent expresses a moral or religious objection to the curriculum being taught, 59% said they support parental choice.

Unlike other states, the Florida Department of Education has an Office of K-12 School Choice. Its goal is to “support quality public and private educational choice programs by providing information and assistance to promote positive outcomes for students, families, institutions, and communities.” It also provides a free survey for parents to find out what scholarships are available for their children.

Penny D. Jackson