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Florida Amendment 6: Tax break for spouses of deceased veterans who had permanent, combat disabilities

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This would amend Section 6 of Article 7 of the Florida Constitution to allow a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran. This would be in effect until the spouse remarries, sells or disposes of the property.

Ballot language: “Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect Jan. 1, 2021.”

Background and details on Amendment 6

| A YES vote would:|A NO vote would:
- Extend additional tax relief to surviving spouses of deceased veterans’ who were permanently disabled by combat-related injuries
- Reduce property tax revenue available for funding local schools and other services like police, fire and infrastructure
- Add tax law to the Florida Constitution making it difficult to alter in response to changing or emergency economic conditions
- Limit the ability of local governments to control their budgets based on their county needs.
- Continue the policy of discontinuing additional property tax relief for surviving spouses of deceased veterans’ who were permanently disabled by combat-related injuries
- Not impact current level of property tax revenue available for funding local schools and other services like police, fire and infrastructure
- Leave property tax law out of Florida’s Constitution
- Preserve local governments’ control over county budgets
- Preserve the ability of local governments to efficiently respond to current and future community needs