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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Florida Legislature to Debate Bill to Exempt Base Housing from Local Taxes

  • March 31, 2013
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A measure to exempt military housing owned by the private sector from local property taxes has been steadily moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature.

On Thursday the legislation cleared the last of several House committees and now will go to that chamber’s floor. A version of the bill also has moved through multiple Senate panels, and is expected to be debated in that chamber this week, reported the News Herald.

State Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R), who sponsored HB 531, said it is intended to shield developers that partner with DOD to build housing on installations for service members from tax assessments and demonstrate that Florida is a military-friendly state. In several instances across the state, property appraisers have sent bills for ad valorem taxes on military housing.

The measure does not apply to commercial development on a military installation such as stores and restaurants.

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