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Tax Break Proposed For Storm Victims

A home hit by a large tree during hurricane hermine
Regan McCarthy WFSU News

Floridians impacted by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew could get a property tax break. A bill from Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) would allow those impacted by natural disasters to apply for a property tax reduction. Eagle says right now, people are hit with a double whammy.

“A: you’re not able to live in your home. B: We’re going to tax you for it. So we, working with committee staff have come up with this bill that would allow property appraisers to cut the taxes on somebody’s home, property taxes for the days that it was uninhabitable or for the damage that was done,” Eagle says.

The measure would apply retroactively to help people impacted by storms in 2016. Eagle says the idea came to him from his local property appraiser.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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