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For Immediate Release:
April 25, 2016
Media Contact:
Robert Rodríguez

Proposed Amendment will help Low Income Seniors

During this past legislative session, Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia worked closely with Senator Anitere Flores, Representative Bryan Avila, the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, and the Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA) to help Miami-Dade County’s low income seniors.  The Florida Senate and House unanimously passed a Constitutional amendment that will allow seniors to maintain their Long Term Resident Senior Exemption, even if their property value surpasses $250,000.

“I am thankful for the laborious effort and commitment that both Senator Flores and Representative Avila displayed in passing this important property tax legislation,” said Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia

Additionally, this amendment will retroactively restore over 1,300 exemptions to seniors who had to forfeit their Long Term Resident Exemption over the last 3 years.  The amendment must receive 60 percent approval from voters in the 2016 general election.  The general election is set for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Mr. Garcia continued by stating, “The proposed amendment will provide much needed relief to low income seniors allowing them to afford their homes without the fear of mounting property tax costs.  I strongly urge all citizens to vote in favor of this amendment.”