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Orlando REALTORS® head to Tallahassee to protect private property rights

Monday, January 11, 2016  
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 A bus full of Orlando REALTORS® is making its way to Tallahassee for Great American REALTOR® Days, an annual trek to remind legislators about the powerful voice of real estate.

During Great American REALTOR® Days, REALTORS® from across the nation meet with their state legislators to discuss important real estate issues that impact both the industry and private property rights.

The 2016 Florida Legislative Session begins on Jan. 12, 2016. When it does, REALTORS® from Orlando and around the state will be on hand to pursue priorities identified by Florida REALTORS® such as these:

Vote YES for SB 722/HB 203

A positive vote here will restore fairness and predictability to real estate transactions by capping onerous estoppel certificate fees.

SB 722/HB 203 are almost identical to legislation that nearly passed last session to prevent community associations from imposing, in effect, their own Exit Tax.

Vote YES for SB 116

Two out of every three jobs in Florida are created by a small business. Lowering the business rent tax by 1 percent will provide capital to expand, hire more employees, improve benefits and raise salaries. An eventual full repeal of this tax has the potential to add 185,000 jobs and $21 billion back into the state’s economy.

Florida can afford this tax cut. State revenues are on the rise, and they continue to increase every month. The House and Senate have added $250 million of tax cuts into their long-range financial outlook. There is plenty of money to fund ALL state programs and still give businesses a break of 1 percent on their business rent.

Vote YES for SB 552 and HB 7005

These efforts seek to enact enact a comprehensive statewide policy that addresses keys aspects of water management, water quality, and water supply.

Florida Realtors® supports several goals of this legislation:

• Creation of the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act.

• Florida REALTORS® agrees that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should operate by a set of statewide standards when it comes to collecting and analyzing water supplies and water quality.

• Florida REALTORS® supports establishing water flow levels for the state’s natural springs, and concurs that the DEP should oversee pollution control measures for Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee Estuary, and the St. Lucie River and Estuary.

Affordable Housing

Increase funding of the Sadowski Affordable Housing programs! When housing values go up, it’s a wonderful thing for our industry. But, many hard working, low-income families can be squeezed out of the market.

In 2016, there will be more than $297 million available for affordable housing. The Florida Legislature has the opportunity to assist thousands of Floridians who have no place to call home. It’s time to use these trust funds for their intended purpose.

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