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Florida Conservation Property Tax Exemptions, Amendment 4 (2008)
- The amendment modified Article VII, Section 3 and 4 and Article XII, Section 28 of the Florida Constitution to require the state legislature to make a property tax exemption for property which is under perpetual conservation protection (as defined by general law). It also required the legislature to provide classification and assessment of land use for conservation. This applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.
- The measure was placed on the ballot on April 28, 2008, by the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission (TBRC), along with four other tax-and-budget ballot measures.
|Florida Conservation Property Tax Exemptions, Amendment 4 (2008)|
Election Results via: Florida Department of State Division of Elections
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
|“||CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS NOT AFFECTING THE ASSESSED VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY||”|
The ballot summary read:
|“||Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.||”|
The text of the amendment can be read in the ballot pamphlet.
- Governor Crist
- The Nature Conservancy
- Citizens for Conservation Land, a coalition of state and national environmental organizations that have joined together, including the Florida Wildlife Federation, Audubon of Florida and The Nature Conservancy.
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Allied Sportsmen's Association of Florida
- Bream Fishermen Association
- Jim Fowler, television host of Mutual Omaha's Wild Kingdom
- Sierra Club, Florida Chapter
- Reef Relief
- Tampa Audubon Society
Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:
- The measure provides a powerful incentive for more private landowners to engage in conserving Florida's forests, waters and wildlife.
- The measure would help to preserve the Everglades and protecting iconic species like the Florida panther.
- It's simple and low-cost
- League of Women Voters
Arguments in Opposition
Notable arguments made in opposition to the measure included:
- "This amendment does not link land-use planning to conservation and would further limit the ability of local governments to obtain revenue from real estate (their primary source of revenue)."
- Amendment 4 would create a property tax exemption for land under perpetual conservation protection. Although this measure will result in tax relief for some property owners, opponents argue that over the long term this policy could deter beneficial economic expansion as more land is taken out of development.
Media editorial positions
- Miami Herald
- Orlando Sentinel
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- Full text of the initiative
- Sample ballot (Monroe County)
- Florida Department of State
- Supporter Webpage
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- Herald Tribune: "Crist endorses Amendment 4," Oct 27, 2008
- The Nature Conservancy: "The Nature Conservancy Endorses Amendment 4 for Florida's Conservation," Sep 25, 2008
- Positions on the Issues, League of Women Voters, Sarasota County
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