Tallahassee Trend - The Amendments
Florida Amendment 9 - Surviving Spouses Tax Relief
The measure would give surviving spouses of veterans or first responders an extra tax break.
Main Sponsors: Sen. Jim Norman (R-Tampa) and Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Temple Terrace)
Title: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder
What It Does: Eliminates property taxes on the homes of surviving spouses of veterans or first responders killed in the line of duty
Proponents: The measure was unanimously approved by both the Florida House and Senate and has garnered the backing of the Florida Order of Police and the Police Benevolent Association.
Opponents: None known
Budget Impact: Assuming current millage rates, the tax break will cost $600,000 annually — $300,000 a year for schools and $300,000 a year for non-school local governments beginning in 2013-14 — according to an analysis by the Florida House of Representatives.