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Voters Hold the Key: Lock-in, Mobility and the Portability of Property Tax Exemptions

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  • Ron Cheung

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    (Department of Economics, Florida State University)

  • Chris Cunningham

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    (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)

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We examine support for a recent and novel Florida referendum to allow home owners with existing assessment caps to “port” their exemption to a new residence. Employing a rich dataset of all Florida real property, census-block data and precinct level voting results, we find that support for the law change was greater in high-mobility and high exemption precincts. Support was also greater in cities with more out-of-state migration or containing more second homes. Within cities, a precinct’s mobility relative to the rest of the city was more predictive suggesting that voters were savvy to the tax-share implications of the amendment.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Florida State University in its series Working Papers with number wp2009_03_01.

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Length: 38
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:fsu:wpaper:wp2009_03_01

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Keywords: tax limitations; property tax; assessment cap; referendum; voting; lock-in; mobility;

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