Florida state senator proposed tax break for senior citizens

Florida’s senior citizens who’ve owned a homestead exemption property for at least 25 years would be shielded from rising school taxes due to increasing property value, under a proposed Florida Constitution amendment proposed Monday by state Sen. Manny Diaz.

Diaz, a Republican from Hialeah Gardens, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 282. It proposes putting the question on the 2020 statewide ballot as a constitutional amendment proposal. His Senate Bill 284, also filed Monday, lays out the process that property owners could follow to earn the protection.

The measures propose the protection for Floridians who are at least 65 years old, who have homestead exemptions, and who have owned the home and lived there for at least 25 years.

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