Fla. property taxes down in each of last 2 years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - New reports say non-school property
taxes have dropped in the past two years after three decades of
steady increases.

The reports presented Tuesday to the Senate Finance and Tax
Committee largely credited tax relief measures adopted by lawmakers
and voters in 2007 and 2008. Declines in property values, though,
also contributed.

Property taxes had gone up an average of 10 percent for 32
years, but those increases ended in 2007 when the Legislature
ordered a tax rate rollback. Non-school tax collections dropped by
2.1 percent that year. In 2008 they dropped 3.8 percent after
voters approved a tax-cutting constitutional amendment.

School taxes are exempt from parts of the tax relief measures.

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