Florida's Local Budget Approval Initiative (2008)

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The Local Budget Approval did not appear on the November 4, 2008 statewide ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have established that before a local government may adopt a new budget, or amend a budget with any annual increase in revenue/spending beyond the lesser of 5% or inflation, the proposed budget or amendment shall be subject to vote of the electors of the local government by referendum, following preparation by the local budget agency, consideration by the governing body and notice. Local budget voting would have been part of the biannual election process.[1]


The Hurricane Insurance Creation sponsored the initiative, a companion initiative to HometownDemocracy, however not issued by the same PAC. The term "Hometown Budget" could apply as short hand. The design is local voter control. As Hometown Democracy stated "hence we set the issue of voter control statewide at the highest level, the state constitution."

"Hometown Budget" acted as a cap on the municipality rather than protecting or exploiting a group of property taxpayers. The focus was on the municipal functions not the individuals' tax bill.


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The initiative was approved for circulation by the Florida Secretary of State. To be placed on the November 2008 ballot, 611,009 valid signatures were required by January 25, 2008. In Florida, signatures are only valid for up to four years, however, the initiative can be circulated indefinitely. The initiative did not make the ballot.

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Other measures sponsored by Hurricane Insurance Creation