Whether you head to the polls Nov. 6 to cast your vote or you’re planning on voting early, you can count on having to decipher a very long ballot. In addition to national, state and local candidates, this year’s ballot also includes a number of proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution.
To help speed up the process at the polls, Clearwater Patch has created a guide on each of the amendments. Let’s take a look at Amendment 9 and what a yes vote on it means at the polls.
Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder
This amendment would give full homestead property tax benefits to the surviving spouses of military veterans and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. The new rule would require that the deceased be a Florida resident as of Jan. 1 of the year they died.
Opponents, including the League of Women Voters of Florida, say the amendment would cost local governments $1.8 million over the first three years of implementation and would take funding away from education and services.
Supporters say the measure helps families of veterans or first responders who have been killed in service to the public.
What a Yes Vote Means
A vote of yes on this amendment is a show of support for its passage.
For complete wording of the amendment, visit the Florida Division of Elections online.