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The Florida Waterfront Property Tax Assessment Amendment, also known as Amendment 6 was a commission referral on the November 4, 2008 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

Election results

Florida Amendment 6 (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 4,983,313 70.63%
No2,072,04129.37%

Election Results via: Florida Department of State Division of Elections

Text of measure

The ballot title read:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

ASSESSMENT OF WORKING WATERFRONT PROPERTY BASED UPON CURRENT USE[1]

The ballot summary read:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas and drystacks that are open to the public; and water - dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.[1]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment can be read in the ballot pamphlet.

Support

Arguments

Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:

  • Access to public waterfront areas would more likely remain at current levels rather than continuing to diminish.[2]
  • This measure may reduce property taxes on working waterfront properties and thereby reduce pressure to sell those properties to developers.[2]
  • Amendment 6 would apply a "current use" assessment method for working waterfront property. This would be used in place of a "highest and best use" assessment system, which can mean high assessments for small businesses (e.g., fisheries) if their property could be used for other, more expensive purposes (e.g., luxury condos).[citation needed]

Opposition

Arguments

Notable arguments made in opposition to the measure included:

  • Local revenues would suffer.[2]
  • The measure allows the Legislature to define terms and impose conditions and limitations on any tax break working waterfront owners receive.[2]

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