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Florida to Vote on Constitutional Amendment for Taxes – Tax & Accounting Blog

Floridians will vote on whether to add a supermajority vote requirement for taxes to the state constitution. The proposed constitutional amendment would require a supermajority vote in both chambers of the legislature for:

  • new state taxes or fees; and
  • increases in state taxes or fees.

The Proposed Supermajority Vote Amendment

The proposed amendment would require the approval of two-thirds of the Florida House and the Senate to impose, authorize, or raise any state tax or fee. It will be submitted to voters at:

  • the next general election; or
  • an earlier special election.

The amendment must approved by 60% of the voters.

Local Taxes

A supermajority vote would not be required for local taxes or fees such as those imposed by:

  • a count;
  • a municipality;
  • a school board; or
  • a special district.

Prohibited Taxes

The terms of the proposed amendment do not authorize the imposition of any state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Florida Constitution.

Effective Date of Proposed Supermajority Vote Amendment

If approved, the amendment will take effect on January 8, 2019. The proposed amendment does not contain an effective date. However, it would be effective on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January following the election, which is January 8, 2019.

H.J.R. 7001, as passed by the Florida Senate and enrolled on March 5, 2018

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