Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102418
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File Number: 102418 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE LEGISLATURE TO HOMESTEAD PROPERTY OF SENIOR CITIZENS Introduced: 10/5/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 10/19/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: SEE ALTERNATE 102462 Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT ANY INCREASES IN THE ASSESSED VALUE OF HOMESTEAD PROPERTY OF SENIOR CITIZENS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime 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Board of County Commissioners 10/19/2010 11A5 Withdrawn
REPORT: See Agenda Item 11A5 Substitute (Legislative File No. 102478).

County Attorney 10/5/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROPOSE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT ANY INCREASES IN THE ASSESSED VALUE OF HOMESTEAD PROPERTY OF SENIOR CITIZENS

BODY
WHEREAS, senior citizens retire to lower or often fixed incomes, and have few opportunities to increase their incomes; and
WHEREAS, the current economic downturn has hit senior citizens particularly hard; and
WHEREAS, Social Security payments did not have a cost of living increase this year for the first time in over two decades; and
WHEREAS, many senior citizens who thought they had saved enough money for retirement saw their investments plummet as the stock market declined; and
WHEREAS, senior citizens often have higher health care, insurance, and energy costs than their younger counterparts; and
WHEREAS, Florida law currently provides some property tax relief to senior citizens allowing them to remain in their homes despite rising property values and property taxes; and
WHEREAS, homeowners 65 years of age and older can receive a homestead exemption of $25,000 if they do not surpass certain household income limits that is in addition to† the homestead exemptions available to all homestead property owners; and
WHEREAS, options are also available to some senior citizens to defer property taxes; and
WHEREAS, senior citizens with a homestead exemption also benefit from the Save Our Homes cap, which limits increases in the assessed value of the property each year by 3 percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower; and
WHEREAS, for 2010, the CPI was set at 2.7 percent, so even though the market value of most homes declined, the assessed value of homestead property still has increased so long as the market value of the property is still higher than the assessed value under Save Our Homes; and
WHEREAS, despite the Save Our Homes cap, the cumulative effect of small annual increases in assessed value over many years has lead to significantly higher property taxes for senior citizens who have lived in their homes for many years; and
WHEREAS, many senior citizens are still in need of property tax relief particularly during the current economic downturn; and
WHEREAS, some states have prohibited increases in assessed value of homestead property of senior citizens receiving homestead exemption, essentially capping the assessed values of senior citizensí homes; and
WHEREAS, while this prohibition would not ban property tax increases based on increases in millage rates by various taxing authorities, it would prohibit the assessed value of property from increasing so long as the senior citizen lives in the homesteaded property; and
WHEREAS, a constitutional amendment approved by the Florida voters would be necessary to prohibit increases in the assessed value of homestead property of senior citizens,
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature has the authority to place such a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot to provide property tax relief to senior citizens,

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 propose a constitutional amendment that would prohibit any increases in the assessed value of homestead property of senior citizens.
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 legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2011 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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