Legislature Considers Amendment to Extend ‘Save Our Homes’
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Voters could be asked in November to give people more time to transfer homestead exemptions to new homes under a proposal approved Tuesday by the House Ways & Means Committee.
The Save Our Homes benefit caps increases taxable assessment increases on homesteaded property at 3% a year, and it allows sellers to take their current savings with them when buying a new Florida property, providing they do so within the designated timeframe.
Sponsor Rep. Rick Roth, R-West Palm Beach, said the so-called “portability” of Save Our Homes was approved to give property owners up to two years to complete the transfer paperwork, but the law sets the timeline based on the calendar year. “This could be as little as one year and one day,” Roth said.
The state Revenue Estimating Conference has estimated the proposed change would trim local property taxes by $1.8 million next fiscal year. The proposal must now be approved by the House State Affairs Committee before it could go to the House floor. The Senate version has cleared the Community Affairs Committee and will be considered Thursday by the Finance and Tax Committee.
If the proposed amendment makes it through the Florida Legislature, it will then need to be approved by 60% of voters in November. If that happens, the law would take effect Jan. 1, 2021.
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