Andrew Gillum Has a Record of Raising Taxes. Florida Needs a Governor Who Will Put
Andrew Gillum has a record of taking money from Floridians to pay for ever-growing government spending programs. In Tallahassee, he voted time and time again for increasing taxes and against lowering taxes—even one time stating before a vote that it was “reckoning time.” He opposes Amendment 1, which would cut property taxes for Floridians by increasing the homestead tax exemption.
Ron DeSantis has a proven record of fighting to keep government accountable and within a budget. Ron has pledged to veto any tax increases and support policies that put more money back into Floridians’ pockets. Ron knows that Floridians already pay enough in taxes; and, as Governor, he will put taxpayers first and keep government from spiraling out of control.
The choice is clear: Ron DeSantis is the only candidate for Governor who won’t raise taxes in Florida.
Ron DeSantis Will Not Raise Taxes on Floridians.“Floridians pay enough in taxes and with Ron DeSantis as Governor, you will not pay more. Government will learn to live within its means and this begins with a commitment not to raise taxes. Tax increases stifle job growth and hinder Floridians’ opportunities to succeed. Ron DeSantis will ensure that our government responds to the many needs of the state without a bloated bureaucracy that requires more and more of taxpayers’ hard-earned money.” (“Economy,” Ron DeSantis for Governor).
Andrew Gillum Votes to Increase Taxes for Tallahasseeans.“After three months of grueling and sometimes acrimonious deliberation, city commissioners approved a $706-million budget and a 13-percent property tax increase Thursday evening. In 4-to-1 votes, commissioners put an end to one of the most divisive budget seasons in years. Mayor Andrew Gillum said commissioners have deferred the city’s need for more revenue for several years. ‘We’ve given (staff members) instruction, ‘Not now, we cannot do it, the public is still suffering, we cannot tolerate an increase,’’ he said. ‘Now, it’s reckoning time.’ The city may need to consider changing the services it provides, Gillum added. The new property-tax rate will generate an extra $6.3 million in revenue next year…” (Sean Rossman, “City approves 13-percent property-tax hike,” Tallahassee Democrat, 9/24/2015 updated 9/25/2015).
Andrew Gillum Votes Against Property Tax Decrease for Tallahassee Residents.“The Tallahassee City Commission cut the city’s property tax rate by 2.3 percent and opted to eliminate the Business License Tax at its final budget workshop on Wednesday. The commission voted 3-2 to cut the property tax rate, which will spare taxpayers $1 million. For a house that costs the median home value of $154,600, including a $50,000 homestead exemption, the average annual savings would be $13.75. Commissioner Nancy Miller and Mayor Andrew Gillum both said they were committed to last year’s decision to raise property taxes. Miller said the cut would impact spending on maintenance sought by residents. Gillum said he didn’t want the commission to find out in a few years it made a mistake and be forced to ask for an increase in property taxes.” (Sean Rossman, “City decreases property tax rate,” Tallahassee Democrat, 7/13/2016 updated 7/14/2016).
Andrew Gillum Opposes Amendment 1.“…a review of property and tax records shows that Gillum is paying extra taxes when he doesn’t need to. The Tallahassee mayor has failed to claim a homestead exemption on a nearly 3,200-square-foot home he owns with his wife in a suburban neighborhood located in the northeast part of the state capital. When asked about it this week, Gillum was unaware he had not claimed an exemption for the house he bought for more than $400,000 in late 2014. ‘Is that right?’ Gillum said. ‘I need to find out if that’s the case. I should be taking advantage of it.’… Gillum, who in his role as mayor votes annually on property tax rates for Tallahassee residents, has already come out in opposition to the amendment.” (“Andrew Gillum pays extra taxes on his Tallahassee home, records show,” Associated Pressvia Tampa Bay Times, 9/21/2018).