With surveys indicating that the passage of a property tax amendment is no sure bet, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist spent Wednesday barnstorming across the state and trading accusations with opponents about the true impact of the measure that goes before voters on Jan. 29.
Crist hit major media markets in Central and South Florida, telling voters that the property tax amendment would be good for Florida’s economy. However, the fate of the amendment may come down to who voters believe more: Crist or the labor unions and local officials who contend the amendment would be devastating to schools, police and fire services.
A recent internal poll done by Yes on 1, the political committee backing the amendment, showed it passing with a razor-thin 60.3 percent, just above the 60 percent threshold required to pass constitutional amendments.
”I think the governor is being disingenuous. I don’t think he’s telling the people the real ramifications of his tax amendment,” charged Fred Frost, president of the South Florida AFL-CIO, which on Thursday morning plans to hand out leaflets to workers at Jackson Memorial Hospital and BellSouth offices in Miami.
But Crist fired his own salvos right back at critics of the amendment, decrying what he called ”ludicrous” scare tactics. ”I wish they would start telling the truth to people,” said Crist as he stood in front of the three-bedroom home of Giselt Matos in the Miami neighborhood of Westchester.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor