May 13, 2006
SJR7: It's still not over

Just when you thought it was safe to blog about other stuff this weekend, the Senate Finance Committee managed to slip through a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap school property taxes at $1.15 per $100 valuation. The bill is SJR7, authored by Steve Ogden, and passed out of Finance on a 10-2 vote (three absences), with a plan to do committee hearings tomorrow, Mother's Day, at 5:00 PM. The full Senate would be reconvened on Monday to vote on it.

Here's a little tidbit from the fiscal note to grab your attention:

Local revenue reduction due to the maximum tax rate reduction is $4.6 million in FY 2008 growing to $5.3 billion in FY 2011. The resolution does not speak to a replacement of this local revenue. The state cost would depend on the enabling legislation affecting school funding formulas.

The provision relating to the rate of appraisal increase is not self-enabling, and therefore does not have a fiscal impact within the context of this estimate.

In conjunction with the tax rate reduction described above, the provision increasing the local homestead exemption would reduce local revenue by $497 million in FY 2008, increasing to $500 million in FY 2011. There would be a corresponding cost to the Foundation School Program beginning the year following the increase in the exemption.

The net effect of the homestead exemption increase and the maximum tax rate reduction results in the amounts reflected in the tables above; local revenue is reduced by $5.1 billion in FY 2008 increasing to $5.8 billion in FY 2011.

Emphasis mine. Is it just me, or does anyone else think we've done plenty to reduce revenues for schools this session, and not nearly enough to ensure them for the future? The good news is that since this is a constitutional amendment, it'll take 100 votes in the House to pass. You might consider giving your rep a call to make sure he or she doesn't screw this one up.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 13, 2006 to Budget ballyhoo | TrackBack

Since my rep hasn't listened to me since the end of his first session, I think I will let him screw this one up like most of his other votes. That way I will have even more ammo to use against him when I run for his seat.

Posted by: sabestian on May 13, 2006 9:56 PM

Yeah, right. I'll give Krusee a call... (OR Cruisie, or wahatever he goes by today)

Posted by: Amerloc on May 14, 2006 9:00 AM