Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Half a Loaf

The Florida Legislature, those fucking wankers up in the grotesquely phallic state capitol up in Tallahassee, have finally managed to produce a property tax plan. Granted, it pleases almost exactly no one, and is far less than the crank-crazed House Speaker, GOP Marco Rubio, wanted.

When last we left this nest of greedheads, they were planning Phase Two of the Great Property Tax Reduction, which would guarantee that people would get about $200 a year back, gut municipal and county services, and basically piss everyone off.

Well, the Florida Supreme Court struck down the proposed ballot amendment (things like taxes have to be approved by 60% of the voters, which is a nice way of giving the Legislature the finger if they do stuff to anger us), forcing the various reps, Senators and lobbyists to set up another of their innumerable "special sessions" to hammer out a new bill that might pass Constitutional muster.

The new plan doesn't cause as much grief (doubles the homestead exemption and makes the Save Our Homes exemptions portable) as the original Phase Two, but as the midnight deadline approached the House was faced with a "take it or leave it" option.

They took it, and now it goes to court to get on the January ballot.

But wait! There's more!

Because it treats residents differently from non-residents who own property here, it may violate the US Constitution's requirement of equal treatment. Stay tuned, folks ...


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