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Lawmakers push tax break for homeowners who upgrade wind-resistance and renewable energy

By Regan McCarthy


Tallahassee, FL – Homeowners looking to upgrade their houses by adding wind resistance or renewable energy devices could see a tax break. Regan McCarthy reports a bill that would do just that is under consideration in the legislature.

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee has given the okay to a bill that would implement a constitutional amendment passed by Florida's voters in 2008. Senator Jack Latvala, a Republican from St. Petersburg is sponsoring the bill. Under Latvala's measure homeowners' proper taxes wouldn't be upped because they made their homes more wind resistant or energy efficient.

"The bill could lead to a recurring tax benefit for homeowners and lower energy cost for homeowners."

If the bill passes it would apply to assessments beginning in January 2013. Homeowners would be required to apply for the benefit.