Five of 11 amendments on ballot give voters chance to put more tax breaks into state constitution

October 21, 2012, Written by Melissa E. Holsom, TC Palm – Among the 11 referendum questions put on the Nov. 6 ballot by the Florida Legislature, five give voters the opportunity to put more tax breaks into the state constitution. Like many Americans, Floridians love lower taxes and, even with the 60 percent approval required, the tax breaks are expected to pass easily. Only once in recent history have they opted not to reduce taxes, said Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political science professor who studies constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives. “Other than rejecting a constitutional amendment in 1998 that would have granted tax-exempt status to certain municipal properties and allowed a tangible personal property tax exemption for attachments to mobile homes, Floridians have jumped at the opportunity to cut their taxes,” he said.