Get the Facts on Amendment #4
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR SOLAR IN THE FLORIDA AUGUST PRIMARY
On August 30, VOTE YES to help bring down the cost of solar!
Amendment 4 would exempt solar panels and other renewable energy equipment from the real property tax and the onerous tangible property tax – currently huge barriers to installing solar in Florida. This policy will lower the cost of solar, increase clean energy jobs, and greatly expand solar development across the state! Read more about Amendment 4 here.
This is what Amendment 4 will look like on the ballot:
SOLAR DEVICES OR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE DEVICES; EXEMPTION FROM CERTAIN TAXATION AND ASSESSMENT —Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of such devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2037.
This proposal started in the Florida Legislature during the recent session which concluded on March 11, 2016. Here is the background information on the related Senate and House bills:
Solar Tax Abatement Bills
SJR 170: Renewable Energy Source Device – by Brandes
CS/SB 172: Renewable Energy Source Devices – by Brandes
HJR 193: Renewable Energy Source Devices & Components/Exemption from Certain Taxation & Assessment – by Rodrigues, R.; Berman
HB 195: Renewable Energy Source Devices – by Rodrigues, R.; Berman