Millage Limitation/Local Tax Referenda (Watch)

Millage Limitation/Local Tax Referenda (Watch)

CS/SB 272 (Brandes) and CS/HB 317 (Ingoglia) amend when a local government may put a ballot question before the voters for a local discretionary surtax. CS/SB 272 requires that a referendum to adopt or amend the local discretionary surtax that is held at any date other than a general election, as defined by Section 97.021, Florida Statutes, would require 60 percent of voter approval for passage. A referendum held at a general election would require a majority for passage. CS/HB 317 requires that a referendum to adopt or amend the local discretionary surtax that is held at a general election, as defined by Section 97.021, Florida Statutes, would require a simple majority of voter approval for passage. A referendum held at a primary election would require 60 percent voter approval for passage. (Hughes)