VOTE NO - Sales Tax Bad for Broward VOTE NO on Both of Them
Pie in the sky seems to be the operating system of our government. No well thought out plan, really, for the penny sales tax, just a lot of wonderful sounding might-be ideas, and cities salivating over the “extorted” agreement with the county. Lots of dire warnings about infrastructure crumbling if we don’t do something and that something has to be new money from a tax that will be a burden on the least able to pay.
The Sun Sentinel said it very well in Sunday’s Editorial, http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/endorsements/fl-editorial-broward-sales-tax-boondoggle-20161007-story.html
Solar Amendment 1 Aims to Mislead Florida Voters
The proverbial wolf masquerading in sheep’s clothing is the best way to describe the misleading Amendment 1 wording on November’s ballot. Don’t be fooled! This is a utility bankrolled deception campaign that aims to mislead voters with confusing language and false promises.
Amendment 1 misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections that Florida citizens already have. Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer owned solar. Floridians already have the right to purchase or lease solar equipment and are already fully protected under Florida’s existing consumer protection laws.
Amendment 1 paves the way for barriers that would penalize solar customers. It would add to the State Constitution the false assumption that solar customers are “subsidized” by non-solar customers and that non-solar customers are in need of additional protections. This false claim would lead to unfair fees and discriminatory penalties for solar customers.
Clean solar energy makes sense for the environment and the consumer. With the effects of climate change already affecting Florida, the need to reduce dirty fossil fuel energy is more urgent than ever. The cost of solar has fallen more than 80 percent in the past 10 years. Florida is ranked 3rd nationally in solar energy potential but 17th in solar power generated. Restrictions and unfair fees would make solar more expensive, limit the expansion of solar, and hurt consumers by denying a cost effective way to lower power bills.
With the successful passage of Amendment 4 to reduce taxes on property and renewable energy equipment, the next step is to vote NO on Amendment 1. The monopoly power companies have spent more than $21.5 million dollars to persuade Florida residents to vote YES. The amendment will only serve to penalize solar