Florida Local Option Sales Tax for Community College Funding, Amendment 8 (2008)
The Florida Local Option Sales Tax for Community College Funding Amendment, also known as Amendment 8 was a commission referral on the November 4, 2008 election ballot in Florida, where it was defeated.
- The amendment sought to modify Article VII, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution to allow communities to levy an additional sales tax to provide additional funding to community colleges.
- 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 Local Option Sales Tax for Community College Funding, Amendment 8 (2008)|
Election Results via: Florida Department of State Division of Elections
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
|“||LOCAL OPTION COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDING.||”|
The ballot summary read:
|“||Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.||”|
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 9. Local taxes. -
Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:
- Community colleges serve as a gateway to the university system and to greater employment opportunities; this amendment could increase their funding.
- Voters would have the option of denying any proposed local-option sales tax increase under the proposal.
Notable arguments made in opposition to the measure included:
- Amendment 8 would open the door for decreased state funding for community colleges over time.
- If the larger counties approve this measure, smaller counties may be coerced in the future to approve similar measures to pay for their own funding.
- Sales taxes impose a greater burden on lower income families.
- The measure shifts the burden of funding community colleges from state to local authorities.
- The amendment could create unequal opportunities for Florida residents based on the economy in their county of residence.
- Even though the tax hikes would require voter approval and sunset after 5 years, opponents are concerned that this amendment could open the door to more expansive and self-perpetuating tax burdens.
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- Florida Department of State
- "PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008 NOTICE OF ELECTION," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- League of Women Voters Tallahassee: "2008 State Ballot Initiatives"
- Miami Herald: "Education ballot measure deserves voters' approval," Oct 22, 2008
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