In a poll conducted by Quinnipac University in New York, it was revealed that voters in Florida favor a property tax proposal that will be voted on in January 2008, 57% to 17%. However, most admit that they do not really understand how it would work. At least 60% of the people who vote on the proposed change will need to support it in order for it to become law. Those persons who were polled felt that local government worries about cuts in services were either "not valid" or "not a reason to vote against the proposal".
The property tax cuts already enacted during the recent special session of the state legislature were felt to be insufficient by 47% of voters, too large by 8%, and just about right by 29%.
Meanwhile, Charlie Crist is riding a surge of popularity. 73% of voters approve of his performance so far, including many Democrats. However, many say they are not seeing the insurance savings that he promised when he first took office and called for a special legislative session to handle this concern of Floridians. No one I know is yet jumping for joy over lower premiums. It would seem that by now someone would see some positive results.
On the tax proposals, what concerns me personally is that it appears that so few voters know what the new plan will entail. As voters, it is our responsibility to be educated concerning the issues in play and to understand the choices that we are making in the voting booth. Hopefully more information will become available before January 2008 so that all of us can become better informed voters and do what is best for our state.
You can see the full poll results by clicking on the following link: Poll Results
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida