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2016 State Legislative Session Report
CS/SB 190 – relating to Conservation Easements
This bill provides once an original application for an ad valorem tax exemption for property subject to a perpetual conservation easement has been granted, the property owner is not required to file a renewal application until the use of the property no longer complies with the restrictions and requirements of the conservation easement.
HB 193 relating to Solar or Renewable Energy Source Devices/Exemption
This Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, and by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar devices or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit the consideration of the installation of such devices in determining the assessed value of residential and nonresidential real property for the purposes of ad valorem taxation.
HB 195 relating to Special Election
This bill provides for a special election to be held August 30, 2016, pursuant to Section 5 of Article XI of the State Constitution, for the approval or rejection by the electors of this state of amendments to the State Constitution, proposed by joint resolution, relating to an exemption from the tangible personal tax for solar or renewable energy source devices, a limitation on the assessed value of real property used for nonresidential purposes for the installation of such devices.
HB 275 relating to Homestead Tax Exemption/Senior, Low-income, Long-term Residents – 2016
This Joint Resolution proposes amendment to State Constitution to specify the calculation county or municipality may use in determining just value for purposes of homestead tax exemptions for certain persons age 65 or older; provides for retroactive applicability.
HB 277 relating to County and Municipality Homestead Tax Exemption
This bill provides long-term, low-income senior exemption for homesteads with a just value under $250,000, the $250,000 limitation is measured at the time the property owner first applies and is eligible for the exemption and shall apply retroactively to the 2013 tax roll for any person who received the exemption under s. 196.075(2)(b), F.S., before the effective date of this act.
HB 499 relating to Ad Valorem Taxation
This bill revising procedures for the revision of an erroneous or incomplete personal property tax return; requiring the property appraiser to serve notice of intent to record a notice of tax lien under certain circumstances a petitioner owes ad valorem taxes or is owed a refund of overpaid taxes; revising requirements for an entity that may represent a taxpayer before the value adjustment board, etc.
CS/CS/SB 752 relating to Public Records/Agency Inspector General Personnel
This bill exempts from public disclosure property record information relating to personnel of an agency’s office of inspector general or internal audit department. The bill exempts certain personal identifying and location information of the employee, the employee’s spouse and the employee’s child and children. The exemption is subject to the open Government Sunset Review Act (October 2, 2021).
HB 773 relating to Special Assessments on Agricultural Lands
This bill prohibits counties & municipalities from levying special assessments on certain agricultural lands for fire protection services; provides specified exemptions.
HB 1009 relating to Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders
This Joint Resolution proposes an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize a first responder, who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty, to receive relief from ad valorem taxes assessed on homesteaded property, if authorized by general law.
HB 7023 relating to Ad Valorem Taxation for Deployed Servicemembers
This bill expands military operations qualifying certain servicemembers who receive a homestead exemption and where deployed during the previous calendar year to receive additional ad valorem tax exemption on their homestead property; provides procedures for granting of exemption.
Florida Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Measure, Amendment 4 (August 2016)
Florida Tax Exemption for First Responders Measure, Amendment 3 (November 2016)
Florida Property Tax Breaks for Senior Citizens Measure, Amendment 5 (November 2016)