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Oops. Crist's citizen-campaign prop says tax cut not enough

Gov. Charlie Crist made a warm sales pitch for a constitutional amendment on property tax cuts at a schoolteacher's Kendall home Wednesday -- only to hear her echo a major criticism of the plan: It's not enough.

The major component of the plan -- which will be on the Jan. 29 ballot -- would give portability to help people avoid high taxes when they move to a new home.

But since Coral Gables High teacher Stephanie Fay is staying put with her two kids, she's not going to see much in the way of savings. She'll save about $240 a year, slightly more than average, from a provision to increase the homestead exemption.

''This plan means about $20 a month to me,'' Fay said. ``I was hoping more could be done, but I'm not sure if that's a realistic possibility.''

Meantime, the state teacher's union said it wanted to clear up "misconceptions" about whether it supports the tax-cut plan. It doesn't, said cheif Andy Ford, who wouldn't say whether the union would actively oppose the measure.

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