So many amendments, so little time: A quick run-down of 11 amendments on the ballot

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 17:29 PM.

Amendment 7 became Amendment 8 after changes.

Amendment 8, aka the Florida Religious Freedom Amendment, is a repeal of “The Blaine Amendment,” which banned public dollars for religious funding. Individuals would be able to participate in public programs even if they choose to use public funds at a religious provider. WCTA takes no position.

A yes on Amendment 9 would exempt surviving spouses of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty from paying property taxes. WCTA opposes.

If Amendment 10 is passed, it would provide an ad valorem tax exemption from local government entities on tangible personal property valued at greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. WCTA takes no position.

A yes on Amendment 11 would allow the state legislature to authorize counties and municipalities to give additional tax exemptions on the homes of low-income seniors. WCTA supports.

Amendment 12, if passed, would replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. The amendment also requires that the Board of Governors create a council of state university student body presidents. Nobody seems to understand the impact of this amendment, and nobody took any kind of stance.

Vote on the 11 amendments and the hopeful candidates Nov. 6 at your voting precinct. Visit VoteWalton.com for polling locations, as well as a sample ballot. For more amendment information, visit: votesmart.org/elections/ballot-measures/2012/FL#.UJGV891mOBU.



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