Breaking Down Florida's Amendment 3

First Responders
Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 16:21:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- As Election Day draws closer, one amendment in the Sunshine State could mean a lot to former first responders.

"Amendment 3" is one of three ballot measures brought up by state lawmakers, and it's looking to expand property tax exemptions to first responders who've sustained permanent disabled injury.

The proposal is to amend a portion of Section 6 in the state constitution. Currently, only spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty can receive this tax exemption.

Those who support the amendment stress the importance of recognizing those who protect the public and sacrifice their lives. They argue Floridians are indebted to their service, and one way to help repay that debt is to vote "yes" to Amendment 3.

Opponents say it's unfair to set up exemptions based on a taxpayer's occupation. They argue all taxpayers should be treated objectively with the same standards, regardless of job category.

To clarify, voting "yes" to amendment 3 in Florida means supporting the tax exemption for disabled first responders. Voting "no" means no changes to their property tax bills.