Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 080813
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File Number: 080813 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-313-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ALLOW COUNTIES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY TO DEFER TAXES Introduced: 3/18/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/18/2008
Agenda Date: 3/18/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING COUNTIES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY RELATED TO THE DEFERRAL OF PROPERTY TAXES FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS OR OTHERWISE SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC SETBACKS AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
Indexes: LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, 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 3/18/2008 11A7 Adopted P

County Attorney 3/18/2008 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/18/2008

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION ALLOWING COUNTIES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY RELATED TO THE DEFERRAL OF PROPERTY TAXES FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS OR OTHERWISE SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC SETBACKS AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

BODY
WHEREAS, the recent economic downturn has resulted in many people losing their jobs, as well as small businesses not producing the income they once did; and
WHEREAS, this economic downturn shows few signs of improving over the near term, and as such, many more homeowners and small business owners may face the loss of their means of livelihood; and
WHEREAS, the loss of a job may mean homeowners may have trouble paying their property taxes; and
WHEREAS, small business owners may also face significant challenges in paying their property tax bills as a result of the economic downturn; and
WHEREAS, Florida law currently allows for the deferral of property taxes when the household income is less than $10,000 per year for any homeowner; and
WHEREAS, Florida law also currently allows for the deferral of that part of the property tax bill that exceeds three percent (3%) of the homeowner's household income for homeowners 65 years of age or older; and allows for the deferral of that part of the property tax bill that exceeds five percent (5%) of the homeowner's household income for homeowners less than 65 years of age; and
WHEREAS, the application for the above-reference property tax deferrals must be received by January 31 of the year in which the homeowner seeks to defer property taxes; and
WHEREAS, a county does not have the option to defer property taxes in any circumstances other than those set forth above; and
WHEREAS, Florida law should allow counties more flexibility related to the deferral property taxes during this time of economic uncertainty,
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 allowing counties additional flexibility related to the deferral of property taxes for homeowners who have lost their jobs or otherwise suffered substantial economic setbacks as a result of the current economic downturn.
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 legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 State Legislative Package.



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