Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063131
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File Number: 063131 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1449-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: GIVE HOMEOWNERS 55 & OLDER OR DISABLED TRANSFER OF PROP TAX Introduced: 10/30/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2006
Agenda Date: 12/19/2006 Agenda Item Number: 14A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT A JOINT RESOLUTION PLACING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT THAT PROVIDES HOMEOWNERS THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER THE ''SAVE OUR HOMES'' ASSESSED VALUE IN THEIR PRESENT HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES TO A LESS EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT HOME
Indexes: PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 12/19/2006 14A9 Adopted P

County Manager 12/18/2006 Additions 12/19/2006

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006 2I Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation 12/19/2006 P

County Attorney 10/30/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006

County Attorney 10/30/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT A JOINT RESOLUTION PLACING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT THAT PROVIDES HOMEOWNERS THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER THE ''SAVE OUR HOMES'' ASSESSED VALUE IN THEIR PRESENT HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES TO A LESS EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT HOME

BODY
WHEREAS, property values in Miami-Dade County have increased dramatically over the past decade; and
WHEREAS, the "Save Our Homes" provision of the Florida Constitution, Article VII, Section 4(c)(1), provides that the annual increase in assessed value of homestead property shall not exceed the greater of three (3) percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower; and
WHEREAS, the "Save Our Homes" provision has resulted in the assessed value of homestead property rising at a far lower rate than the market value of such property; and
WHEREAS, particularly in the case of long-term homeowners, this growing difference between the market value and the assessed value has resulted in assessed values that can be less than half the market value of the property; and
WHEREAS, "Save Our Homes" has played an important role in keeping property taxes from driving people from their homes as property values have increased; and
WHEREAS, under current law, this "Save Our Homes" assessment limitation is lost when a homeowner moves to a new home because the new property is assessed at its then-current value; and
WHEREAS, this loss of the "Save Our Homes" assessment limitation has had the unintended consequence of discouraging people from moving when their housing needs change, because even if they are moving to a smaller and less expensive home, townhouse or condominium unit, their property taxes could double or triple; and
WHEREAS, this effect frequently arises in the context of owners of large homes whose children have reached adulthood and moved out; and
WHEREAS, this effect can also arise when a homeowner loses his or her job, becomes disabled, or gets divorced, any of which might lead to the need to move to a less expensive home; and
WHEREAS, providing homeowners portability of "Save Our Homes" assessment limitation to move to a less expensive home may not have the substantial impact on local government revenues that broad portability proposals do,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to enact a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot that provides homeowners the ability to transfer the "Save Our Homes" assessed value in their present homestead properties to a less expensive replacement home.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation and the implementation of the reforms set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 State Legislative Package.



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