State associations are weighing in on the rapidly approaching midterm elections in various ways.
Among them, is Florida, which the latest data from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports is #3 in recent years for new HUD Code home shipments in the United States.
The Florida Manufactured Home Association (FMHA) is encouraging their members, and residents, to support Amendment 2 to their state constitution.
An FMHA member tells MHProNews that “Florida voters passed the non-homestead 10 percent tax cap in 2008. This Constitutional amendment helped to stem the multi-billion-dollar tax shift from homestead to non-homestead properties and guaranteed that property taxes on manufactured home communities would not increase by more than 10 percent a year, unless the property changes ownership and is reassessed. The 10 percent cap on non-homestead properties is set to expire on January 1, 2019,” per the FMHA.
“Amendment 2 will make the 10 percent tax cap permanent,” said the FMHA. “According to Florida Tax Watch, failure to make the non-homestead tax permanent will result in Floridians paying as much as $700 million more in property taxes annually. Manufactured home communities and their residents will pay significantly higher taxes without the passage of Amendment 2. 60 percent of voters need to vote in favor of Amendment 2 for it to pass on November 6.”
Here’s the feedback from the Florida League of Cities on this topic, summarized in the screen captures below.
“Amendment 2 will make the 10 percent tax cap permanent. According to Florida Tax Watch, failure to make the non-homestead tax permanent will result in Floridians paying as much as $700 million more in property taxes annually. Manufactured home communities and their residents will pay significantly higher taxes without the passage of Amendment 2. 60 percent of voters need to vote in favor of Amendment 2 for it to pass on November 6. Florida manufactured home community owners are being requested to take an active role in pushing for the passage of Amendment 2 by educating and motivating their residents, employees, family and friends to vote YES on Amendment 2. FMHA has produced ads that can be resized and posted on bulletin boards in your clubhouse or inserted into your newsletter. Remember, everybody is for Amendment 2 because Amendment 2 is for everybody!” – says the FMHA.
Other Hot Issues Impacting MH Pros…
For those who own properties or have business interests in the state, this is a good time to book up on the issues and candidates.
For example, the Democratic nominee for Governor, Mayor Andrew Gillum is an openly socialist candidate who is getting support from Bernie Sanders, the Obamas and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. By contrast, the GOP opponent is supported by President Donald J. Trump, who has come to the state to campaign on his behalf.
ICYMI, or need a refresher on Gillum vs. DeSantis, see the related report, further below.
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