ALACHUA COUNTY, FL. - A new economic study shows Florida's counties will be forced to slash funding for a wide range of “quality of life” programs such as parks, libraries, social services, arts/cultural, and transportation by a statewide average of 60 percent if the Legislature's proposed property tax reform plan is approved.
The study was conducted by economist Dr. Hank Fishkind of Orlando one of most knowledgeable sources on the economy and real estate activity in Florida. Dr. Fishkind is well respected by both government agencies and private developers. In this study he examines the impact on county programs and services if property tax revenues are cut by 20, 30, or 50 percent.
In speaking of the study Alachua County Manager Randall H. Reid said, "I would encourage all citizens to read the new study on the impact to our local quality of life of the current property tax reform proposals being discussed in special session. Depending on your perspective you may consider this report a scare tactic or you may consider it wise counsel but I ask you read the results of Dr. Fishkind's analytical review, consider his reputation, and envision the quality of life you desire in the future."
To read the most recent letter from the Florida Association of Counties to Governor Crist, Senate President Pruitt and Speaker of the House Rubio go to:
Immediately above the letter, you will see a link to the Dr. Fishkind study entitled, "Impact of Proposed Roll Back of Ad Valorem Tax Revenues on Florida's Counties."