January 29, 2023


Anything but ordinary

Proposed Amendment Would Help Hometown Heroes

Florida Realtors will again a proposed condition constitutional modification that gives entrance-line staff, this kind of as police and lecturers, a residence tax break.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Realtors® announced it would assistance a proposed constitutional modification – HJR 1/SJR 1746, reinforcing its motivation to make housing a lot more affordable for some of Florida’s most focused employees.

The proposed constitutional modification grants an extra homestead exemption for academics, firefighters, law enforcement officers and other Floridians who have selflessly helped the state’s residents through the COVID-19 pandemic. If accepted by the Florida Legislature, the measure would go on the standard election ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment.

“For decades, Florida Realtors and its more than 225,000 members have been vocal advocates for inexpensive housing,” says Florida Realtors President Christina Pappas. “Our state owes so a great deal to the committed gentlemen and women who have carried out so a lot for us. HJR 1 and SJR 1746 will enable by delivering a great deal-essential property tax aid to hometown heroes in our state.”

In gentle of escalating housing charges, Florida Realtors has also supported the creation of a Florida Hometown Hero Housing Application (SB 788). If approved by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, it would offer zero-curiosity loans and help with down payments and closing prices for important professions like nurses, firefighters, teachers and regulation enforcement.

Pappas counseled Florida Property and Senate leadership for proposing HJR 1/SJR 1746, which would help several hometown heroes who now personal a dwelling.

“HJR 1/SJR 1746 and SB 788 pair correctly jointly and make a compelling statement to the guys and gals who serve our condition, our communities and our state that we help them. We want to make confident they have a possibility of reaching the American desire of homeownership,” suggests Pappas.

HJR 1, sponsored by Rep. Josie Tomkow and the Strategies & Means Committee, and SJR 1746, sponsored by Sen. Jason Brodeur and the Finance and Tax Committee, would boost the homestead exemption on non-school levies for house owned by lecturers, legislation enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, boy or girl welfare solutions gurus, lively-duty customers of the U.S. military services and users of the Florida Countrywide Guard.

According to Florida Realtors knowledge, the median sale rate of a Florida dwelling was just beneath $374,000 at the end of past calendar year – 21% larger than just a single year before and 47% larger in just a few years. The typical salary in many of the specific occupations is considerably less than what would be needed to manage such a dwelling.

“These committed hometown heroes have served Floridians non-end via the pandemic,” Pappas suggests. “However, amid skyrocketing housing charges, lots of uncover that they just can’t afford to pay for to reside in the communities they provide. Our aim is to make homeownership additional cost-effective for them, and we look ahead to working with lawmakers to give these personnel a serving to hand.”

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