Tax Swap Challenge Goes to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is getting a challenge against a ballot proposal that would trade a massive property tax cut for increases in other taxes.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Tuesday agreed to pass the case directly to the justices without a ruling. The state is appealing a trial judge's decision to remove the proposal from the Nov. 4 ballot.

Amendment 5 would cut property taxes about 25 percent by eliminating a portion that goes to schools. The Legislature would be required to replace that money - about $9 billion a year - from other sources.

A circuit judge ruled Amendment 5's ballot summary is misleading because it fails to say the replacement requirement would be for only one year. After that lawmakers could cut school spending.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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