Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063452
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File Number: 063452 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1465-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: HOMEOWNERS 55 & OLDER SAVE OUR HOMES REPLACEMENT HOMES Introduced: 11/30/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2006
Agenda Date: 12/19/2006 Agenda Item Number: 14A25
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PLACE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT PROVIDING HOMEOWNERS AGE 55 AND OLDER OR WHO ARE TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED A ONE-TIME TRANSFER OF THE “SAVE OUR HOMES” ASSESSED VALUE IN THEIR PRESENT HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES TO SMALLER, LESS EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT HOMES IN THE SAME COUNTY WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE SALE
Indexes: DISABLED
  HOME PROGRAM
  SENIOR CITIZENS
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-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 14A25 Adopted P

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

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006 2QQ Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation 12/19/2006 P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Maldonado read the foregoing resolution into the record. Commissioner Edmonson requested to be added as a co-sponsor to the foregoing resolution. There being no discussion or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 11/30/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006

County Attorney 11/30/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 12/6/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PLACE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT PROVIDING HOMEOWNERS AGE 55 AND OLDER OR WHO ARE TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED A ONE-TIME TRANSFER OF THE “SAVE OUR HOMES” ASSESSED VALUE IN THEIR PRESENT HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES TO SMALLER, LESS EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT HOMES IN THE SAME COUNTY WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE SALE

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 tax increases 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 thencurrent 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 who are 55 and older and whose children have reached adulthood and moved out; and
WHEREAS, this effect also arises in the context of those who become totally and permanently disabled thus dramatically changing their housing needs; and
WHEREAS, while smaller homes, townhouses, condominium or otherwise differently-configured units might be more appropriate for these “empty-nest” and disabled homeowners with changing needs, having to give up their “Save Our Homes” assessment limitation in their current homes discourages many such homeowners from moving to more appropriately-sized housing; and
WHEREAS, such a narrow “empty nest” proposal would allow homeowners 55 and older to downsize without having the significant negative effects on local government revenues of general proposals that allow the portability of “Save Our Homes” assessment limitation under all circumstances; and
WHEREAS, allowing “empty nesters” to downsize to smaller homes also serves to open up a supply of larger homes for younger families with children living at home who are currently in need of such large homes,

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 place a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot allowing homeowners age 55 and older or who have a total and permanent disability a one-time transfer of the “Save Our Homes” assessed value in their present homestead properties to smaller, less expensive replacement homes in the same county within one year of the sale.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and 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 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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