Amendment 4 Sponsor Promises To Blunt Impact

Feb 8, 2017

Voters didn’t hesitate to expand tax breaks for renewable energy, but some smaller counties are raising concerns as the Legislature decides how to implement Amendment 4.

Voters overwhelmingly favored tax cuts for renewable energy, but some smaller counties are worried about revenue shortfalls.

Republican Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg is promising to help local governments that stand to lose tax dollars from existing solar and renewable energy facilities. 

“Our goal is to work with stakeholders over the next couple of months to determine what the right policy is as it relates to rural counties, with the understanding that we don’t want to be too restrictive with the rural counties.”

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee unanimously approved Brandes’ implementing bill.

It would begin offering the tax breaks in January of next year.