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Tampa Bay Business Journal

A higher Homestead Exemption is a giant game of Jenga

News that the Florida Legislature approved a bill to let voters decide whether to raise the Homestead Exemption to $75,000 might seem like a cause for celebration among property owners staring down hefty annual tax bills. It could be welcome tax relief, especially for seniors and others still under water from the Great Recession. While a lower tax bill is tempting, pause the party. News that the Florida Legislature approved a bill to let voters decide whether to raise the Homestead Exemption to $75,000 might seem like a cause for celebration among property owners staring down hefty annual tax bills.

Palm Beach Post

Scott signs 16 bills, including one tied to homestead exemption

No word yet on what Gov. Rick Scott plans to do with the state budget. But he has signed 16 other bills into law, including one that would implement an expansion of the homestead exemption if 60 percent of voters approve that change next year. The bills Scott signed Tuesday range from one that clarifies when a court may award attorneys fees in public record disputes, increases penalties for shark finning, reduces registration fees for boats equipped with a personal locator beacon and revises definitions and requirements for the termination of timeshare plans.

Florida Times Union

Ron Littlepage: Schellenberg was right to criticize Legislature’s takeover of local financing options

Apparently City Councilman Matt Schellenberg has offended the delicate sensibilities of the members of the Duval Legislative Delegation. In a letter published last week in the Times-Union, Schellenberg called the delegation ineffective, which for the most part it is. When it comes to setting agendas in Tallahassee, there are puppeteers and there are puppets. Let’s just say that legislators from Jacksonville aren’t the ones pulling the strings, and they haven’t been since John Thrasher left to be the head Seminole at Florida State University.