By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
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.
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.
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.
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.
issue will not be on the ballot in Dade County this year unless Deffenbaugh has
a last minute change of heart.