Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 050666
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File Number: 050666 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-419-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGE LEGISLATURE TO FREEZE THE TAX ASSESSMENTS FOR SENIORS Introduced: 3/8/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/5/2005
Agenda Date: 4/5/2005 Agenda Item Number: 11A24
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ADOPT HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 79 AND SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 1430, WHICH WOULD PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO FREEZE THE TAX ASSESSMENTS ON PROPERTY OF QUALIFYING SENIOR CITIZENS RECEIVING HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Natacha Seijas, Prime Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/5/2005 11A24 Adopted P

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 3/9/2005 2J Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Commissioners Gimenez and Seijas spoke in support of increasing the income level of qualifying senior citizens from $20,000 to $30,000, however, upon Chairwoman Heyman’s suggestion, agreed not to support a specific amount in the resolution. Commissioner Moss asked for a fiscal impact analysis on this proposed resolution and similar proposals on the agenda relating to a one-time carry-over of the Save Our Homes value and security bars. Commissioner Jordan asked that the analysis include its impact on small municipalities. Chairwoman Heyman suggested that staff utilize the economic impact assessment conducted last year on this issue when preparing the analysis.

County Attorney 3/8/2005 Referred Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 3/9/2005

County Attorney 3/8/2005 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/8/2005

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ADOPT HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 79 AND SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 1430, WHICH WOULD PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO FREEZE THE TAX ASSESSMENTS ON PROPERTY OF QUALIFYING SENIOR CITIZENS RECEIVING HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

BODY
WHEREAS, property values continue to rise at a healthy pace in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, senior citizens, particularly those on fixed-incomes, are least able to afford the resulting increased property taxes even with the additional $25,000 homestead exemption provided by Article VII, Section 6(f), of the Florida Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the Board does not have the authority under the Florida Constitution to freeze tax assessments on property of qualifying senior citizens receiving homestead exemption; and
WHEREAS, a constitutional amendment approved by the Florida voters would be necessary to freeze tax assessments on the property of senior citizens meeting the requirements set forth in Article VII, Section 6(f), of the Florida Constitution; and
WHEREAS, Representative Juan Zapata (R-Miami) has filed House Joint Resolution 79 and Senator Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne) has filed Senate Joint Resolution 1430 for the 2005 legislative session; and
WHEREAS, H.J.R. 79 and S.J.R. 1430 would put the issue of freezing tax assessments on the property of senior citizens before the voters of Florida at the next statewide election,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that
Section 1. This Board urges the Florida Legislature to pass House Joint Resolution 79 and/or Senate Joint Resolution 1430, which would propose a constitutional amendment freezing tax assessments on the property of senior citizens meeting the requirements set forth in Article VII, Section 6(f), of the Florida Constitution.
Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chair and members of the Miami- Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. This Board directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the federal and state legislative packages.



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