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By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


State Representative John Deffenbaugh announced last week that he would not be taking the Dade County Board of Education Resolution on HB 302 to the House this year meaning that it will not appear on the ballot in 2014.

HB 302, also known as 65/5 or Senior Exemption, excludes seniors from paying school taxes on their home and up to five acres of property.

The Bill was passed in 2006 by a three to one margin.

Several residents spoke at last week’s Board of Education meeting, both for and against the resolution that was passed unanimously by the school board in November.

The school board and Superintendent Shawn Tobin expressed their disappointment in Rep. Deffenbaugh for not moving the resolution forward and letting the voters of Dade County decide the issue.

The resolution was requesting the bill be changed to exempt seniors for the first $125,000 in value of their home but then pay taxes on the additional value.

Regardless the issue will not be on the ballot in Dade County this year unless Deffenbaugh has a last minute change of heart.


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