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File Number: 063426
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File Number: 063426 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-184-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: IMPLEMENT DOUBLE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS Introduced: 11/30/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/20/2007
Agenda Date: 2/20/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTING THE DOUBLE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PASSED BY VOTERS DURING THE FALL ELECTION
Indexes: HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
  SENIOR CITIZENS
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, 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 2/20/2007 11A5 Adopted P

County Manager 2/14/2007 Additions 2/20/2007

Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007 2I Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Benitez read the foregoing resolution into the record. He noted that Commissioner Souto asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. Commissioner Diaz asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Diaz. Commissioner Sosa asked the County Manager to provide each commissioner with a report on the impact of implementing the Double Homestead Exemption for Low-Income Seniors before this proposed resolution was considered by the County Commission. Chairman Martinez said he supported this for three years, and the last report he received said the impact was $814,000 of lost unrealized revenue. Commissioner Sosa noted that she first introduced this legislation in 1992 or 1993, the impact was a lot less which probably was a result of the increased assessments. Chairman Martinez asked staff to ensure that the reports requested by commissioners today be forwarded to the County Commission for review along with this proposed resolution. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 1/29/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007

County Attorney 11/30/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTING THE DOUBLE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PASSED BY VOTERS DURING THE FALL ELECTION

BODY
WHEREAS, during the 2006 session, the Florida Legislature enacted House Joint Resolution 353 sponsored by Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation that placed on the statewide ballot a constitutional amendment allowing cities and counties the local option to double the homestead exemption for low-income seniors from $25,000 to $50,000; and
WHEREAS, during the fall election, more than 76 percent of voters statewide approved this constitutional amendment; and
WHEREAS, the next step is for the Florida Legislature to implement this constitutional amendment and amend Florida Statutes to authorize cities and counties to double the homestead exemption for low-income seniors; and
WHEREAS, this Board has strongly supported property tax relief particularly for senior citizens over the last several years, including supporting a doubling of the homestead exemption for all homestead property owners from $25,000 to $50,000 phased in over four years, Resolution No. 473-04; supporting a freeze of the assessed value of homestead property of low-income seniors, Resolution No. 419-05; and allowing "empty nest" seniors and the disabled the option to move to a smaller, less expensive home within the same county without giving up their Save Our Homes differential, Resolution No. 1168-05,
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 pass legislation implementing the constitutional amendment approved by voters this fall that would authorize cities and counties to double the homestead exemption for low-income senior citizens from $25,000 to $50,000.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit copies of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chair and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbying team 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 2007 State Legislative Package.



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