TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Three amendments to Florida’s Constitution are on the ballot in the November midterm. All three focus on different facets of the state’s statutes. For the amendments to pass, 60% of voters need to approve each item.
With the Associated Press reporting more than 90% of precincts reported at time of update, it appears that all three Constitutional Amendments on the Florida ballot failed to pass.
While Amendment 1, a property tax freeze related to storm-proofing home renovations, and Amendment 3, a homestead tax exemption for those in critical public service professions, neared the 60% waterline, but have so far not crossed through to approval.
Amendment 2, which would abolish the state’s Constitutional Revision Commission, was the furthest from passage, though it still garnered more than 50% of the vote.
While the results are preliminary, and not yet certified, as more precincts reported vote tallies to the state election offices, the percentages did not change by much, each update showing minor fluctuations but none quite closed the gap to the 60% needed to pass, as of the reported vote tallies as of 10 p.m. EST.
Amendment 1 would have created a property tax adjustment exemption for renovations that improve resistance to storm and flood damage.
Amendment 2 would have abolished the state’s Constitution Revision Commission. If the commission is retained, it would remain in place through 2037.
Amendment 3 would have given a tax exemption on homesteads, allowing thousands of dollars in savings to teachers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, child welfare services professionals, active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, and Florida National Guard members.
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