Gov. Rick Scott promised to cut property taxes that pay for schools by $1.4 billion during his first year in office, and then another $1.4 billion in the next seven years. (He repeated that promise as recently as four days ago.)
But in the budget released today, Scott's cut would be $656 million in the first year. Collections would increase the second year, but the two-year cut would be about $1.3 billion.
Property taxes have been a hot political issue since the high-drama show down in 2007 between then-House Speaker Marco Rubio and then-Gov. Charlie Crist, who famously promised property owners that he'd make their taxes "drop like a rock."