Sen. Mike Haridopolis has sent three letters to the TBRC. He's urged them to hold more hearings on the proposal to swap property taxes that pay for schools for higher sales tax increases. He's told them he doesn't like their numbers and he's asked for them to take the issue to up again.
But Taxation and Budget Reform Commission Chairman Allan Bense has responded that the issue has received more than enough hearings and Haridopolos is barking up the wrong tree. Then, at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, the Melbourne Republican was given three minutes to make a speech to the 25-member panel. "The numbers simply don't add up,'' he told them. "We are still $3.995 billion short of making that number work.''
Haridopolis, a non-voting member of the panel who was absent for much of the meeting, told them the Senate will hold hearings on the issue on Friday, when the Legislature is supposed to be taking a break for the Passover holiday. "The last thing we want is a tax increase,'' Haridopolos told the commission. The gave him no response.