Senate President Ken Pruitt and House Speaker Marco
Jointly Call a Special Session to Reduce Property Taxes
Session to begin on June 12, 2007
Tallahassee - - Senate President Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie) and House
Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami) jointly called a Special Session today that
will begin on June 12, 2007. Both leaders expressed confidence that an
agreement will be reached during the Special Session that will result
in lower property taxes for Floridians.
There is no doubt property taxes are too high and must be reduced,
said President Pruitt. We are committed to doing everything we can
to provide meaningful and responsible relief to those who are being crushed
under the weight of soaring taxes.
The next property tax bill Floridians receive must be a bill they
can afford, said Speaker Rubio. Our property tax system is
hurting Floridas families and destroying our small businesses. It
must be reformed if we are going to protect and strengthen Floridas
economy for the future.
Included with this release is the official
proclamation for the 2007 Special Session. The Senate and House have
agreed to hold two interim joint committee meetings in Tallahassee on
Property Tax Relief and Reform.
The interim joint committee meeting schedule is as follows:
May 21 Joint committee meeting to review and discuss options.
June 4 Joint committee meeting to present proposed legislation.
June 12 22 -- Special Session
Members of the joint committee:
Senate: Senator Mike Haridopolos, Senator Daniel Webster, Senator
Steve Geller, Senator Lisa Carlton, Senator Jeff Atwater, Senator Ted
Deutch, Senator Ronda Storms;
House: Representative Dean Cannon, Representative Thad Altman,
Representative Frank Attkisson, Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff, Representative
Don Brown, Representative Joyce Cusack, Representative Anitere Flores,
Representative Luis Garcia, Representative Dan Gelber, Representative
Michael Grant, Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Representative Dave
Murzin, Representative Michael Scionti, Representative Jack Seiler, Representative
Taxpayers have been overcharged for far too long, and it is time
for them to get a refund, said Senate Finance and Tax Chairman Mike
Haridopolos. Government needs to go on a diet. Our comprehensive
plan will require cuts to wasteful spending and will result in lower property
taxes, both now and in the future.
Were working towards a plan that focuses on the taxpayer,
not the tax collector, said House Economic Expansion and Infrastructure
Chairman Dean Cannon. Its the taxpayers money, not governments,
and they deserve to keep more of it. We remain dedicated to giving Floridians
a choice on how they will be taxed on their homes and properties.
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