Florida Amendment 7, Property Tax Exemption for Veterans (2006)

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The Florida Property Tax Exemption for Veterans Amendment, also known as Amendment 7 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

The amendment modified Article VII, Section 6 of the Florida Constitution to lowered property tax for disabled veterans. It did this by allowing them to take a discount on their homestead property tax equal in proportion to the amount of disability (as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 7 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 3,552,441 77.83%
No1,011,95822.17%

Results via: the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections

Text of measure

The ballot title read:

PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS' DISCOUNT ON HOMESTEAD AD VALOREM TAX[1][2]

The ballot read:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to provide a discount from the amount of ad valorem tax on the homestead of a partially or totally permanently disabled veteran who is age 65 or older who was a Florida resident at the time of entering military service, whose disability was combat-related, and who was honorably discharged; to specify the percentage of the discount as equal to the percentage of the veteran's permanent service-connected disability; to specify qualification requirements for the discount; to authorize the Legislature to waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years by general law; and to specify that the provision takes effect December 7, 2006, is self-executing, and does not require implementing legislation.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

Support

Arguments

  • "This is a chance to give thanks to veterans who were wounded in combat serving our country. The amendment would provide substantial ad valorem or 'property tax' relief to Florida's military veterans who have fought in a foreign war. The proposed amendment would ensure the exemption is in proportion to the amount of disability a veteran receives."[3]

Opposition

Arguments

  • "Every permanent Florida resident who has legal title to and resides on real property is eligible for a homestead exemption of $25,000. Currently, disabled veterans receive an additional $5,000 homestead exemption. Providing an additional discount may cause some local governments to lose the income they would normally receive from these taxes."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Florida Constitution
  • Proposed Amendment 7 was referred to the ballot by a vote of both chambers of the Florida State Legislature on HJR 631 (2006 session). It was sponsored by State Senator Ray Sansom (R-Ft. Walton Beach).[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "PERMANENTLY DISABLED VETERANS' DISCOUNT ON HOMESTEAD AD VALOREM TAX," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Amendment #7," Florida Vote Smart