Florida Veterans Property Tax, Amendment 2 (2012)
|Constitution:||Section 6, Article VII|
|Referred by:||Florida State Legislature|
|Topic:||Taxes on the ballot|
The measure was proposed by Senator Michael Bennett.
The measure required 60 percent voter approval for adoption.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Florida Amendment 2|
These results are certified and final.
Results via the Florida Department of Election's website.
Text of measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT.—Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013.
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
According to the Collins Center for Public Policy, supporters argued that the amendment is intended to benefit older veterans who were injured in combat but did not live in Florida at the time they entered the military. They further said that the property tax discount is needed to help with medical bills and may allow disabled veterans to stay in their homes longer as they age. It has also been stipulated that the amendment could improve the state's housing market by enticing more veterans to move to Florida.
According to the Collins Center for Public Policy, opponents of the measure said that state and local governments face mounting budget deficits at least partly due to diminished property tax returns brought about by the collapse of the housing market. They argued that tax breaks should not be given out right now in order to maintain roads, schools, and other public services.
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment required approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the House and the Senate. The bill was referred to the ballot following unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate. On May 2 the Senate voted 38-0, while the House voted 117-0 on May 4.
The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:
|Approval||May 2, 2011||Florida Senate approved the measure unanimously with a vote of 38 to 0.|
|Final Approval||May 4, 2011||Florida House approved sending the measure to the ballot unanimously, 117 to 0.|
- The Miami Herald, "Lawmakers ask voters to weigh in on abortion, taxes and more issues in 2012," May 11, 2011
- The Herald Tribune, "Legislature passes 7 ballot items for 2012," May 6, 2011
- Florida State Senate, "CS/SJR 592: Veteran's Property Tax Discount," accessed May 9, 2011
- Southwest Florida Blog, "Florida Real Estate: 2011 Legislative Update," May 7, 2011
- TaxTV "Florida Amendment 2 Would Allow Tax Breaks for Disabled Veterans," January 2, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State, "Amendment 2," accessed September 25, 2012
- Collins Center for Public Policy, "Amendment 2," accessed October 2, 2012
- Florida State Senate, "Vote History SJR 592," accessed May 9, 2011