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Crist the campaigner stretches tax-cut truth

Gov. Charlie Crist is in Miami today on a two-day statewide flyaround ''campaign like the dickens'' for a new property-tax plan that was roundly trashed -- yet still passed -- by the Florida Legislature.

Like any seasoned campaigner, Crist is reaching out to potential opponents, like the teachers' unions. And he's staging press events with citizen taxpayers, while exaggerating the plan's scope and effect.

''This is going to fire up Florida's economy,'' Crist said in Tallahasee. He said that ''portability'' will free people ''trapped in their homes'' by the fear of buying a high-tax house, but doesn't mention that many people say the high sales cost of homes is the primary reason for staying put.

Those who plan to stay put would save an average of $220 when their homestead $25,000 homestead exemption is increased. Crist said the plan to ''double'' the exemption is ``very clear. Very straightforward.''

It isn't. The plan doesn't double the homestead exemption for anyone. And he touts the tax plan's five-year statewide savings of $12 billion -- though legislative analysts say that number is unreliable and possibly too high.

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calfloridia

I love the whining by the media over the current tax plan - give me a break! We have been fighting for portability for a long time and we want it.

Sorry Domino, We really don't want it.

He also said the new 10% assessment cap assures that a property's taxes won't increase more than 10%. It doesn't mean that at all.

Crist For Dog Catcher

The Miami Herald SABOTAGED the $195,000 SUPER EXEMPTION with LIES and DISTORTIONS because it cut taxes by $4200 a year and would help the real estate market recover! The distortions by Miami Herald reporters included:

1. The SUPER EXEMPTION ended SOH. NOT TRUE...all current homeowners could keep SOH FOREVER under the Super Exemption.

2. The SUPER EXEMPTION only cut $88 from your tax bill. NOT TRUE...The $195,000 SUPER EXEMPTION cut a staggering $4,200 a year in tax.

3. Your taxes would skyrocket under the SUPER EXEMPTION. NOT TRUE...the tax calculator used by The Herald, Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel used a unrealistic 7-10% annual appreciation factor given the market, a realistic 3% factor would have given homeowners a 30 year tax reduction before taxes increased a penny.

4. There is no cap under the SUPER EXEMPTION. NOT TRUE...local government spending WAS CAPPED at 2-3% annual increases under the Super Exemption.

Now The Herald is SHILLING for this WORTHLESS tax plan that DOESN'T CUT TAXES because the news media wants homeowners to continue paying for all the FREELOADERS and DEADBEATS in Florida!

"the news media wants homeowners to continue paying for all the FREELOADERS and DEADBEATS in Florida!"

Yes, you seem like a reasonable and logical person. Laughing... just kidding. You are a loon to think that everyone is out to get you, that homeowners that bought before you are "freeloaders and deadbeats", and that what you say counts.

It doesn't get any simpler than this: if you can't afford your taxes, then sell. If you made a mistake and didn't figure what your taxes would be, it is no one's fault but your own.

Got it? Good.

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