On November 3, 2020, Florida voters will not only be voting on who they would like to see be their next President of the United States, their next Congressperson, or their next State Senator or State House Rep, there are 6 amendments. The amendments would change Florida’s Constitution if we pass them. They need a 60 percent supermajority of votes for a proposed amendment on the ballot to change the state’s Constitution.
Voters will decide whether to pass Florida’s Amendment 6, which would allow a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran. The discount would be in effect until the spouse remarries, sells, or otherwise disposes of the property. If the spouse sells the property and does not remarry, the spouse’s new primary residence may receive a homestead tax discount not exceeding the dollar amount from the most recent ad valorem tax roll.
The summary language voters will see on the ballot states, “AD VALOREM TAX DISCOUNT FOR SPOUSES OF CERTAIN DECEASED VETERANS WHO HAD PERMANENT, COMBAT-RELATED DISABILITIES.—
Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2021.”
Both the Florida House and the Florida Senate passed this measure with no dissenting votes. This, along with Florida Amendment 5, are the two state constitutional amendments dealing with property taxes on the ballot for the 2020 election. There are four other constitutional amendments for Florida voters to vote for or against: Florida Amendment 1, Florida Amendment 2, Florida Amendment 3, and Florida Amendment 4.