Proposal would make it harder to raise local taxes

A Senate Republican on Thursday filed a proposal that would make it harder for cities to raise property taxes.

The bill (SB 272), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, will be considered during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

Under the proposal, cities would need to receive approval from 60 percent of the members of their governing boards before they could raise tax millage rates.

The bill also would affect local governments that hold referendums to approve discretionary sales taxes.

If local governments hold the referendums at times other than general elections, the bill would require approval of the taxes from 60 percent of voters.

Referendums held at the time of general elections would continue to require majority approval.