Amendment 2 Creates Opportunity

Letters

BY GREG OWENS SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY SEP 29, 2018

I am a Realtor in Sarasota and Manatee County and I am concerned that not enough people understand why Amendment 2 is so important to the state of Florida.

Amendment 2 truly affects everybody in Florida. Amendment 2 creates certainty that non-homestead property taxes do not increase unchecked. Stable non-homestead property taxes mean predictable rents for commercial renters and for people renting a home or apartment. It also means more opportunity for businesses to grow, creating more jobs and potentially lowering prices for consumers.

If Amendment 2 fails, many local businesses will either be put out of business or pass on their increased costs to their customers. Renters could also see their rents skyrocket as landlords pass the extra taxes on to them, forcing them to leave our communities. Also, Amendment 2 is simply a permanent extension of the current tax cap we have in place now. This Amendment passing will not reduce the amount of tax revenue Cities and Counties currently get already.

In Sarasota and Manatee County combined, 248,012 properties will be adversely impacted if Amendment 2 fails. I encourage you to learn more about Amendment 2 by visiting everybodyisfor2.com. I will be voting ‘Yes’ on Amendment 2 this November and I hope you will too.

Greg Owens is the 2018 President for the REALTOR Association of Sarasota and Manatee. He can be reached at greg@mytwre.com.

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