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Friday, October 22, 2010

Amendment 4: Something to think about.

There has been a lot of talk about Amendment 4 here in Florida. Strong opinions from both sides campaigning, and both sides making valid points, may make it difficult to see the impact this legislature could have on every Florida resident.

This is one article that caught my eye. The article is based on an economic analysis by TaxWatch of what Amendment 4 could mean for Florida.

I can understand not wanting urban sprawl to get out of control, and I can understand not wanting to clog our coastlines with towers of condos. I am a native Floridian and I cherish my home state. I am an advocate for conservation.

However, the possibility of industries pulling out of the state, or never coming in the first place, because we have made it too difficult for them to be here is akin to a snowball at the top of a mountain. If there is little industry, then jobs are fewer, money does not enter our system, residents look elsewhere for employment, those left face higher taxes, and our economy gets worse.

Something to think about, to the sparkling tune of billions of dollars.

Kelly Reark, ABR, TRC, e-PRO
Licensed REALTOR in the State of Florida
Gasparilla Properties, Inc., Boca Grande

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