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$178 million county budget headed for approval

$178 million county budget headed for approval

Santa Rosa County is set to approve its largest budget in more than 15 years, but County Commissioners say that’s not the whole story. The board unanimously approved Sept. 12 a roughly $178 million tentative budget for fiscal year 2020. The final public hearing and budget adoption is set for Sept. 24.   Read the full […]

Keep public notices in media

Keep public notices in media

As fellow, red-blooded Americans who cherish the freedoms this nation provides, we at Florida Tax Watch hold dear the independent and unfiltered manner of governmental entities placing public notices in local newspapers of record. Such notices further a citizen’s right to know about their elected official’s decisions affecting their daily lives–a bedrock principle of our […]

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

State under pressure to cut Business Rent Tax

Florida businesses that rent their spaces are at a disadvantage compared to any other state, according to Florida TaxWatch. That is because Florida is the only state in the country to charge a tax on property rented for commercial use. Read the full article in the Oct. 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Property tax burden could shift under ballot proposals

Non-homestead properties in Santa Rosa County could see their taxes automatically rise next year if a ballot initiative known as Amendment 2 fails in November. Voters will be presented with 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Read the full article in the June 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

2017 Taxpayer Independence Day

On Monday, April 17, Florida TaxWatch joined the taxpayers in our state in celebrating Florida Taxpayer Independence Day 2017. On that day, Floridians are finally earning money for themselves–not for the tax collector. This symbolic date assumes that every dollar earned since Jan. 1 goes to pay federal, state and local tax obligations. This measure of tax […]

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect taxpayers’ daily lives. As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on […]

Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO Florida Taxwatch Small businesses truly are this nation’s backbone. They account for 94 percent of all the country’s businesses and are owned by a diverse array of Americans from all backgrounds. The ability to build a small business is the cornerstone of the American dream. Unfortunately, the United […]

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect everyone’s daily lives. As a non-partisan research taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in […]