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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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Sorry charlie

ha ha ha

The high school economics teacher who complained about high property taxes and who hosted Gov. Charlie Crist’s property taxes press conference in Miami Wednesday? Her property tax bill actually decreased $330.55 — 7.8 percent — from the previous year, according to the Miami-Dade County property appraiser’s records.

What’s more, her townhouse was appraised in 2006 at a market value of $230,625, even though she purchased it in 2005 for $315,000. Since then, the Save Our Homes protection gave her an assessed value of $236,390 in 2007, even though her appraised market value climbed to $265,185.

Broward Futurist

Governor Charlie.. note to self A PIG WITH LIPSTICK IS STILL A PIG! Don't bother trying to sell this non tax plan to the public it's a waste of time. Start working on a better solution for the next session instead or you may have real competition soon.

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