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File Number: 090444
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File Number: 090444 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-299-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE FL LEGISLATURE TO PASS SJR 1302, HJR 833 OR SIMILAR LEG Introduced: 2/23/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/17/2009
Agenda Date: 3/17/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SJR 1302, HJR 833 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED ON ACTIVE DUTY OUTSIDE THE U.S.
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 3/17/2009 11A9 Adopted P

Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 3/10/2009 2X Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Commissioner Gimenez asked that he be listed as a co-sponsor. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. SPECIAL NOTE: Chairwomen Sorenson submitted a memorandum requesting that the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Chairman Dennis C. Moss waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow the foregoing proposed resolution to be heard at the March 17, 2009 BCC meeting.

County Attorney 2/23/2009 Referred Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 3/10/2009

County Attorney 2/23/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/2/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SJR 1302, HJR 833 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT ON HOMESTEAD PROPERTY FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED ON ACTIVE DUTY OUTSIDE THE U.S.

BODY
WHEREAS, according to the most recent data provided by the Florida Department of Military Affairs, approximately 25,000 military personnel who claim Florida as their home are currently deployed overseas on active duty; and
WHEREAS, joint resolutions have been filed for consideration during the 2009 session in both the House and Senate, SJR 1302 by Senator Andy Gardiner and HJR 833 by Representative Mike Horner, that would place on the statewide ballot an amendment to the Florida Constitution authorizing the Legislature to provide a tax credit on homestead property for military personnel deployed on active duty outside the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, the property tax credit would apply to members of the United States military or its reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves and the Florida National Guard who received a homestead exemption in Florida at the time they were deployed on active duty outside the continental U.S., Alaska, or Hawaii; and
WHEREAS, the property tax credit would be based on the number of days in a calendar year that the person is deployed on active duty outside the U.S. in support of military operations that are designated by the Legislature, and the credit could be applied to future property taxes on the person's homestead property until the amount of the credit is exhausted; and
WHEREAS, the cost of providing this property tax credit was estimated at less than $15million statewide; and
WHEREAS, the Florida House passed a substantially similar house joint resolution, HJR 7003, by a unanimous 115-0 vote during the 2008 session, but HJR 7003 died in messages when the Senate did not take it up before the end of the session; and
WHEREAS, the property tax credit proposed by SJR 1302 and HJR 833 would serve to help military families when one or more family members are deployed overseas, especially during these trying economic times,
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 SJR 1302, HJR 833 or similar legislation that would propose a constitutional amendment to allow a tax credit on homestead property for military personnel deployed on active duty outside the U.S.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the MiamiDade County State Legislative Delegation, Senator Andy Gardiner, and Representative Mike Horner.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2009 State Legislative Package to include this item.



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