Explaining Florida Amendment 6: Tax discount for spouses of certain deceased veterans
This is the last of six on this year’s ballot, and its full name is: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities. Here’s how:Veterans with combat-related disabilities already get an extra homestead property tax discount. Amendment 6 would allow that tax break to pass along to those veterans' spouses after the veterans' passing, as long as that spouse is still the homeowner and still lives in the home. A “Yes” vote = If you think it’s worth the costs to continue the tax breaks for the surviving spouses of disabled veterans. A “No” vote = If you believe that specific property tax discount should end with a veteran’s passing.
Explaining Florida Amendment 5: Limitation on Homestead Assessments
Local 10′s “Amendments 101” series explains each Florida constitutional ballot question on the 2020 ballot, to ultimately help you make an informed decision. Amendment 5 is the first of two on the ballot that has to do with your property taxes — and this one is simply about extending a deadline. First, some background:The taxes on property you actually live in — your home — are capped at 3% a year, with what Florida calls the “homestead” exemption. The downside is for the local governments that rely on property taxes for revenue. A “Yes” vote = Extending moving homeowners' deadline to move their homestead tax exemptions.
Amendments 101: Glenna Milberg breaks down Florida’s ballot questions
On your Florida ballot in November, you’ll find six constitutional amendments that can be complicated and confusing. In Local 10′s “Amendments 101” series, reporter Glenna Milberg breaks down what you need to know about each constitutional ballot question — to ultimately help you make an informed decision. See all of them here:Amendment 1: Citizenship Requirement to VoteAmendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum WageAmendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and CabinetAmendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional AmendmentsAmendment 5: Limitation on Homestead AssessmentsAmendment 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities
Analyzing Florida Amendment 4: Voter approval of constitutional amendments
Local 10′s “Amendments 101” series explains each Florida constitutional ballot question, to ultimately help you make an informed decision. This and all constitutional amendments need a supermajority 60% support to pass. Amendment 4 proposes to make it more difficult to get future amendments into the Florida Constitution. By requiring two votes, the same ballot question would require two separate elections, two sets of votes, and two voter approvals exceeding 60% thresholds. Opponents argue that the process to get a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot is already difficult enough — expensive, technical, and time-consuming.
Breaking down Florida Amendment 3: All voters vote in primary elections
Florida is one of only 11 states that have totally closed primaries, and Amendment 3 proposes to open them to all voters. Amendment 3: Click here for the full textAmendment 3 would fundamentally change Florida’s primary process by opening primary elections to all registered voters. Amendment 3 proposes opening primary voting to all and changing the process to a listing of all candidates on one ballot, including major party candidates, third-party candidates, and NPA candidates. Finally, elections are funded by taxpayers, currently requiring NPA voters to pay for elections in which they are prevented from participating. A “Yes” vote = Opening Florida primary elections to all registered voters and changing the process to top two winners.
Amendment 2 would raise Florida’s minimum wage. Here’s what you need to know.
Amendment 2 asks whether to raise Florida’s minimum wage. Florida’s minimum wage is currently $8.56 per hour. After that, minimum wage increases would be tied to annual inflation adjustments, as it is currently. A “Yes” vote = ramping up Florida’s minimum wage over the next five years. A “No” vote = keeping minimum wage increases tied to annual inflation.
Breaking down Florida Amendment 1: Citizenship Requirement to Vote
Amendment 1 appears to address a question about who is eligible to vote in Florida. The organization that worked to get Amendment 1 on the 2020 ballot is the Political Action Committee “Florida Citizen Voters,” whose principals have explained that they want to ensure non-citizens don’t ever vote in Florida. Opponents of Amendment 1 describe the PAC’s effort as political baiting. State data analysts confirm the word change in Amendment 1 will change nothing; and it will cost the public nothing. A “Yes” vote = a word change in the Constitution with no practical effect.