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Title: Taco times
Portion of title: Taylor County times
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Language: English
Publisher: Perry Newspapers, Inc.
Place of Publication: Perry Fla
Creation Date: February 29, 2012
Publication Date: 9/26/2012
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Constitutional
amendments
spotlighted today
Following a number
of questions over the
11 proposed amendments to
the Florida Constitution which
will appear on this year's
General Election ballot, a
summary of each has been
provided on page A-12 in
addition to their inclusion in
full in today's legal section on
pages A-9 to A-11.

Look for election
officials this
Saturday at Walmart
Election officials will be
available to assist voters with
any of their election needs
this Saturday, Sept. 29, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a booth
set up at Walmart.
"This would be a great
time for anyone who needs to
regislPr to vote to do so. We
will also have forms available
for address changes, name
changes, signature updates
and absentee ballot request
information. Remember, voter
registration books for the
upcoming General Election
close Tuesday, Oct. 9,'
Supervisor of Elections Dana
Southerland said.

Festival vendor
deadline
approaching
Those wishing to have an
art and crafts vendor spot,
food vendor spot or special
concessions spot at the
Florida Forest Festival are'
reminded that applications
received after Monday, Oct.
1, will be subject to a $25 late
fee.
For more information,
contact the festival office at
584-TREE.

Need a car wash?
Members of the Taylor
County Middle School Band
will hold a car wash Saturday,
Sept. 29, at Ace Hardware,
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donations will be accepted.


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Pet of the week
This little female
Chihuahua was abandoned
in a plastic storage tote along
U.S. Highway 27. She is an
older dog, but very sweet,
shelter volunteers said. For
adoption information, please
call 838-3525.




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Thursday 89 0

20% 680



Editorial .................. A-2
Community ............. A-3
Living ....................... A-4
Sports..................... A-5
Religion................... A-6
Classifieds............. A-7



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Motorcyclist seriously injured


Wildlife causes weekend crashes


Back-to-back crashes
involving local wildlife
this past week serve as
a cautionary reminder
for residents traveling
throughout the county.
Jan Jones, 66, of Perry
sustained minor injuries
and was transported
to Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Saturday evening,
Sept. 22, after running into
a deer while traveling on


Pilot lands

plane on

Fish Creek

Grade

A group of family and
friends tra'.lini from Ft.
Lauderdale to Tallahassee
had a close call when an
engine failed on the private
plane Ili.\ were flying in,
forcing the pilot to make
an .lllr.-i'gI cy landing on
Fish Creek Grade Friday
:.tf 1rnoon.
The plane sustained some
minor damage, but everyone
aboard was fine, pilot Gene
Whiddon of Ft. Lauderdale
said.
Whiddon landed the
plane some two miles
east on Fish Creek Grade
(coming from C.R. 361),
with the wingspan blocking
the roadway.
"*+ Please see page 12


U.S. 221.
The crash happened
around 8:40 p.m. Jones,
along with passenger Ann
Bembry, was driving her
2011 Kia Forte south on
U.S. 221 when the vehicle's
front collided with a deer
that was standing in the
southbound travel lane.
The vehicle came to a final
stop on the west shoulder of
the highway, facing south.


Both Jones and Bembry
(who was not injured) were
wearing their seatbelts;
no charges will be filed
in the crash, the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP)
reported.
The second animal-
related crash happened
Sunday morning and
involved an Ocklawaha
man.
Larry Andrew Strickland,


60, sustained serious
injuries Sunday when a hog
crossed his path on U.S.
98, causing him to crash
his 2003 Harley Davidson
motorcycle.
The motorcyclist was
transported to Shands
Hospital in Gainesville; he
was not wearing a helmet at
the time of the crash.
The FHP reported that
Strickland was traveling east


on 98 when the animal ran
in front of the motorcycle.
The front of the bike hit the
hog; the motorcycle came
to a final rest on the north
shoulder of the road, on its
right side.
The crash happened
around 10:17 a.m., in the
area of U.S. 98 east and
David Horton Road.
No charges will be filed,
the FHP reported.


TCSO Sgt. Chris Folsom, left, helped secure the scene and worked with the FAA to document what
triggered.an emergency landing of a six-passenger private plane Friday afternoon.


United Way unveils 2012 goal

Taylor County United
Way volunteers officially
S".. T kicked off their 2012
h m ~ campaign Tuesday morning,
announcing a $275,000
fund-raising goal.
This campaign's tri-
chairs--Mark Wentworth,
Mark Massey and Richard
"Dick" Jarvis--welcomed
around 75 people assembled
for Tuesday's annual kick-
off breakfast at the Taylor
County Senior Citizens
Center.
"We appreciate everyone
coming out this morning'"
Jarvis said. "United Way
is a very important part of
our community, helping
agencies help those in
need."
"You all run a fabulous
campaign," said Sarah
Barnett Deeb, vice president
The 2012-Taylor County United Way Campaign announced a fund-raising goal of $275,000 during Tuesday morning's kick-off for resource development
breakfast held at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center. Helping the campaign team make the announcement were 11 Taylor County at United Way of the Big
students: (from I to r) Dylan Smart, Victoria Porter, Max Kallschmidt, Eli Morgan, Hunter Brown, Bridget Davis, Hannah Rice, Jordyn Bend.
Brannen, Courtney Wilder, Isabella Flores and Abby Stewart. Joining them are: (back row, I to r) campaign chairs Richard "Dicl' Jarvis "You support your
and Mark Massey, United Way of the Big Bend Vice President for Resource Development Sarah Barnett Deeb, Campaign Chair Mark
Wentwork and Campaign Associate Glenda Hamby. ,'* Please see page 12




Welcome home, Michael Morris


By SUSAN H. LINCOLN
Managing Editor
Mike Morris is coming
home, and he couldn't be
happier.
"That's the great thing
about this book tour," he
says. "I have seen more
old friends and family
members-it's just been
wonderful."
Morris will be the guest of
honor at Perry's Book Mart
Saturday when he signs
copies of his newest book,
"Man In the Blue Moon,"
from 10 a.m. until noon.
"I can't wait," he admits.
His book tour began
last week, taking him to
Memphis, Tenn., as well as
points of interest in Arkansas
and then Oxford, Miss. "I
did the Thacker Mountain
Radio Show," he said with


satisfaction, explaining that
the broadcast is a statewide,
public radio show recorded
in Oxford where William
Faulkner lived and John


Grisham wrote. "They do
this program out of their
book store featuring an up-
and-coming band as well as
two authors-I was one of


them, and I'm telling you, I
was nervous, he admitted.
"They're holding up signs
which warn, '5 minutes,'
or '1 minute' and if you


Helen Daniel Kesterton, TCHS Class of 1986, and Noele Nedham Smith, TCHS Class of 1987,
surprised Morris at the Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta. Kesterton is the daughter of Bob and Evelyn
Daniel of Perry and Smith is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullivan.


don't finish in time, they
just play music over you,"
he laughed, adding that he
practiced his 12-minute
spiel all the way to Oxford.
"It was great to be
there...what a wonderful
community."
On Monday, he was
headed to Hattiesburg,
Miss., with his wife,
Melanie, where they
would visit with family
members when they weren't
commending his book to the
masses.
"I was at the Decatur
Book Festival when Helen
Daniel and Noelle Smith
found me. It's just so much
fun to reconnect with old
friends and see family
members again."
"-* Please see page 12


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Editorial



Students responding


to multiple tragedies


Editor's Note: Students
at Taylor County High School
will be penning columns for
this newspaper throughout
the 2012-13 school year. This
inaugural, submission
pays tribute to two fellow
students who lost their lives
tragically. We commend the
insight and courage shown, as
staff and students alike begin
the healing process.
By BRE'NAJA BLANKS,
MITCHELL DAVIS and
DORA GIACOMAN-SOTO
Taylor County High
School lost two amazing
students in less than one
week. One tragedy was
bound to leave us hurt
and scarred, but when the
second hit, it left us even


more vulnerable and broken
hearted .since the original
scars did not get the proper
amount of time to heal.
Our school, as a whole,
has implemented multiple
practices to help students
cope. Our staff members
have offered us words of
encouragement and help
through these trying times;
whether this support is
given before school at our
FCA meetings, during class,
in the guidance office and
even outside of school.
As time goes by, we the
students are also learning
to lean on one another by
sharing great memories and
forming bonds that would
not have otherwise been


formed. Student cliques are
disintegrating as we truly
become one body. Pictures
and signature banners are
staged in the front lobby
of our school in memory
of the students and even on
Facebook there are pages
set up in their memory.
These occurrences have
not only exposed us to
a concept of death that
truly hits close to home,
but they have also opened
students' eyes to our lack of
invincibility. As a collective
unit, the student body has
realized the importance
of slowing down and
appreciating the time we
have and who we share it
with.


Letters to the Editor


Today's problems hearken


back to Jimmy Carter era


Dear Editor:
What times we live in! I
have not seen but one other
time come close to the
financial misery, confusion
and distrust \)e have today
in our country. That time
was the Jimmy Carter era.
My family (seven of us)
went from a job with a
company truck, company
gas card and a salary of over
ten dollars an hour. Good
money for those days. To
three dollars and 35 cents
an hour. We sold our home,
paid all our bills and moved
away from our home town.
We lived in a $65 a month
farm house and prayed a lot
to God ilJe.us. Christ) not to
the federal government.
These times are even
worse. Not only is our


national debt over the top,
we live in fear and anxiety
of what the future in this
country will be like if we
stay this coarse. We have
hate and distrust for each
other. The poor blame the
rich. The women blame
white men, the Republicans
and the Catholic church.
The alternate lifestyle
folks blame the church,
Christians and God's
spoken word. The old folks
are fearful of the future in
this given environment and
don't know who to blame.
They just know some one
is lying. Obama still blames
Bush; Republicans, thee Tea
Party and an one else tha-t
gets in his way, but he is
positive he will be able to
walk on water and fix all


our problems in four mdre
years. Which, by the way,
le's not even come close to
doing in the past almost four
years.
I listened intensely to the
speakers at the Republican
Convention. They struck a
note with the hopes, dreams
and values I have for our
country, my family and
myself. Now, I know values
like truth, trust, working
hard to raise a family and
paying your bills are as
outdated as black and white
T.V's with rabbit ears for
an antenna. How do I know
this? Because, Obama
told us so at his national
convention.
If you oppose Obama for
"*** Please see page 8


Alarm raised at response to


attacks on U.S. embassies


Dear El:;i r
I am greatly alarmed
at the impotent response
of the President and his
administration in the light
of the recent murder of
American officials and
the hostile attacks on
the sovereign land of the
American Embassies in
Libya, Yemen and Egypt.
And now, violent protests
are waged upon U.S.
embassies in Tunisia, Sudan
and Morocco. Historically,
these violent incursions of
embassy ground amount to
acts of war.
Combining this and
President Obama's support
of the Muslim Brotherhood
rise to power in several
Middle Eastern countries
during the "Arab Spring"
and now those groups that
are obviously supported


and orchestrated by
Islamists that not only seek
the destruction of Israel,
but certainly support the
fall of the United States
as well should be a cause
great concern for American
citizens.
Last week, the President
of Iran was slated to address
the General Assembly of
the United Nations in New
York. On the following
day, Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu was to
address the U.N. Netanyahu
has requested an audience
with President Obama.
This was vital since Israel
is facing real war with Iran
who is developing nuclear
weaponry as quickly as
possible. Iran's leadership
has promised an attack to
destroy Israel and usher in
a new age of Islamic rule


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throughout the Middle East.
The White House
announced it was unable
to meet with Netanyahu
due to scheduling conflicts.
However, the President
was making time to meet
with David Letterman and
be on his television show.
This is unbelievable in light
of regional developments.
The Middle East region
is possibly on course for
war and the President is
going to be on Letterman.
He will probably take the
opportunity to apologize to
another enemy of the United
States.
It is inconceivable that on
the anniversary of the Sept.
11 attacks that the President
of the United States is
"apologizing" to Muslim
Fanatics for a homemade
movie produced by an Israeli
who resides in California
while American embassy
grounds are being overrun
and Americans murdered.
Citizens of this nation
should demand severe,
immediate consequences for
such acts of aggression. This
president responds weakly
ignoring repeated violence.
What a joke. Below is the
official response of the
administration:
"The Embassy of the
United States in Cairo
condemns the continuing
efforts by misguided
individuals to hurt the
religious feelings of
Muslims--as we condemn
efforts to offend believers
of all religions. Today,
the llth anniversary of
the September 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks on the
United States, Americans
are honoring our patriots and
those who serve our nation
as the fitting response to
the enemies of democracy.
*** Please see page 8


A-2 Taco Times September 26, 2012


Midweek Muddle


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Our original mailbox has
life support for more than
About a decade ago, I
it to match our house, so
anxious to repeat that
again. Instead, I per
added dirt to secure its m
always handled it ginger
repeatedly coaxed the la
closing securely so the m&
wouldn't get wet. To short
latch, rubber bands were r
from bunches of broccoli
the perfect size afndcoffen
color. Everyone should e
broccoli so the mailbox
kept us healthy.
During Tropical
Storm Debby, howeN er,
I realized that the time
was upon us to buL
a new mailbox. The
blustery wind and rain
combined to blow the
little door open and,
if the Southern Living
magazine hadn't been
in a plastic bag, it would
have ruined my good
reading for a month.
For a couple of days, I
shopped around before
deciding on a mailbox
that might not require
painting. I knew\,
however, the difficult
part would be lining
up a man to attach the
mailbox to the post.
On a day when I
thought the husband mig
more points, I suggested
that the new mailbox need
put up.
"I think we need a ne
too," he said.
"Well, you never me
that," I shot back, alrea
weeks into this mailbox
which was moving about as
the mail does.
I made a quick stop
found the post, paid by
and politely asked the hus
retrieve it for placement.
That's when he got t
involved. "Ibrought the pos
I need you to remove the
and put the new one in its
he said to the next gen
having accumulated all th(
he wanted. "You'll probab
to dig a little deeper, so t
post-hole diggers with yr
instructed.
Such a spirit of coop
caused me to cook sup
these Men I Love. They
enjoy monitoring the prog
projects I initiate, but m
of the mailbox from the
window was obstructed by
Also Love.
I'm sure that was a relie:
son, but it explains my s
when he returned to the
shaking his head in awe ab
post he had just retrieve
the good earth. His friend


Air mail


By SUSAN H. LINCOLN
been on saying, "You wouldn't believe how
a year. tall it is."
painted Yeah, yeah, whatever. Young
I wasn't people today just don't know the
process value of hard work.
iodically "No," they both repeated in
Loorings, unison. "Come look."'
early :and Well, I am now obligated to take
tch into back my previous criticism of the
il inside young people today and admit I
re up the have never been so surprised by a
'etrieved mailbox in my life.
; they're "It wasn't that I had to dig a
a a good deeper hole," the son said. "I had
*at more to till in the one that was there and
addrocks. Whoput that
post in the ground?" he
then asked.
"Your father, I guess,"
I told-him.
"Ain't no way Daddy
dug a hole that deep,"
he said with confidence,
if not correct English.
The post for the
mailbox reminded me
of one from years gone
by, when some~farmer
in the Midwest put a
mailbox atop a tall pole
and painted on its side,
S...."Air Mail." It made the
National news, featured
S in newspapers and on
1. television.
All this time, it *seems,
Swe have had its cousin
II.I-- in our own front yard,
hiding.
We called everyone
ht need to come look. "Surely I didn't do
S(again) that," the husband said.
ed to be "Would it have been the
postman?" the husband asked
w post, and we all wondered with him. "I
don't think postmen install posts,"
*ntioned I said realizing the play on words,
.dy two "but.they are called post-men."
project Over the phone, the daughter
s fast as added her two cents. "Well maybe
Dad decided to bury the whole
locally, pole instead of sawing it off the
y check right length."
band to He was not impressed with
her theory, or any of our others,
he son fanning her answer away with a
st home; "Psshaww."
old one On her next visit, I pointed to the
place," unearthed post and she, too, was
eration, astounded.
e points "No way," she said. "Dad
)ly have wouldn't dig a hole that deep.
take the Who would?"
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Was it a special delivery from a
)eration farmer in the Midwest?
per for Could this be the explanation for
know I mail from hell?
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ay view China was using the other end of
kitchen this mailbox post?
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Life's little mysteries elevate
f to the our experiences on this earth,
surprise even simple ones like getting
house, the mail out of the box, a post-al
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Community


FESTIVAL Music SCHEDULE

Friday, Sept. 28

Foggy Creek................................................... 1 p.m .
The Stone Family ...................................... 2 p.m.
Foggy Creek .....................................................3 p.m .
The Stone Family ..........................................4 p.m.
DINNER BREAK...................................... ...............5 p.m .
Blue Shades of Grass ...................................6 p.m.
High Cotton ................................................ 7 p.m .
Florida State Bluegrass Band....................8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29

The Stone Family....................................... 1 a.m.
Foggy Creek................................................. 12 p.m .
Florida State Bluegrass Band.................... 1 p.m.
High Cotton ...................... ..................... 2 p.m .
Shannon and Heather Slaughter
& County Clare..................................... 3 p.m.
Blue Shades of Grass...................................4 p.m.
DINNER BREAK...................................................... 5 p.m .
Blue Shades of Grass ...................................6 p.m.
High Cotton ................................................7 p.m.
Florida State Bluegrass Band....................8 p.m.
Shannon and Heather Slaughter
& County Clare.........................................9 p.m.


The Stone Family Band, which "infuses bluegrass, Celtic and folk music with the light of the gospel,"
will perform Friday and Saturday at Forest Capital Park.



Pickin'in the Pines


Kicks off this weekend at Forest Capital Park


The seventh annual
Pickin' in the Pines Music
Festival will kick up its
heels at Forest Capital
State Park this Friday and
Saturday, Sept. 28-29.
The festival will feature
two full days of music
with bluegrass bands from
around the region taking the
stage at Heritage Pavilion.
Weekend tickets are $15
and camping spaces are still
available. Admission is free
for children and students
ages 18 and under.
Headlining the festival
will be Shannon and
Heather Slaughter & County
Clare.
Shannon Slaughter


is originally from
Chiefland and formerly
.of the nationally-touring
Lonesome River Band.
The festival line-up also
includes the Florida State
Bluegrass Band, High
Cotton, Blue Shades of
Grass, The Stone Family
and Foggy Creek.
"The Pickin' in the
Pines Music Festival is an
awesome opportunity to
see very talented musicians
in a fun, family-friendly
atmosphere," said festival
coordinator Dawn Taylor.
The music will begin on
Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.
and run through 9 p.m.,
picking up the next day at


11 a.m. and continuing until
10 p.m.
The event is sponsored
by the Taylor County
Tourism Development
Council (TDC)
and the Perry-Taylor
County Chamber of
Commerce.
For more information,
contact the chamber at 584-
5366. '
A full schedule. can. be
found online at www.
floridastatebluegrass.com.
County Clare is a high-
energy bluegrass band
featuring a collection of
talented musicians and
vocalists who share a
love for traditional and


Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare will headline the seventh
annual Pickin' in the Pines Music Festival this weekend, Sept. 28-29, at
Forest Capital State Park. The event the first of three major festivals
scheduled to take place in Perry through the end of the year, including
the Florida Forest Festival in October and the Southern Pines Blues & BBQ
Festival in December.


contemporary bluegrass and
country music.
Heath and Shannon
Slaughter's duets are
the mainstay of their
performances as the band
mixes original songs with
traditional country material
and "good ole' doses of
humor."
"This festival is the first
of three festivals taking
place in the last part of the
year, with the Florida Forest
Festival in October and the
Southern Pines Blues, and
BBQ Festival in December,"
Taylor said.
The Florida Forest
Festival will take' place
Saturday, Oct. 26, with the
month-long celebration
beginning Saturday, Oct.
6, with the Distinguished
Young Women Program and
continuing Saturday, Oct.
13, with the Little King &
Queen Pageant.
The mainstage
entertainment on Festival
Day this year will include
the party band The
Grapevine along with local
groups Alibi and Broken
Trust.
With the weather cooling
in December, the music
will as well when the fifth
annual 'Southern Pines
Blues & BBQ Festival
arrives Dec. 9-10, headlined
by Johnny Marshall. The
event will feature the Triple
Crown Invitational BBQ
Competition along, with
four other competitions
with cook teams from
around the Southeast vying
for thousands of dollars in
prizes.


A-3 Taco Times September 26, 2012


"High Cotton" is a traditional bluegrass and
bluegrass gospel band which boasts a territory
spanning Northwest Florida. Its members include
Mike Blanton, Amanda Cook, Don Copeland, Bill
Johnston and Peter Macartney.


Forest Festival carnival

advance tickets on sale
Pre-sale tickets for the 2012 Florida Forest Festival
"carnival are now on sale at the Perry-Taylor County
Chamber of Commerce.
These advance tickets are on sale for $15 while tickets
purchased at the gate will be $20. Festival officials said
there will be no discount coupons available this year,
so to take advantage of the discount, the tickets must be
purchased in advance. The carnival will open Wednesday,
Oct. 24, and continue through Festival Day on Saturday,
Oct. 27. For more information, call the chamber at 584-
5366 or the festival office at 584-TREE.


Baby Photo Contest now open;



deadline for entries is Oct. 12


Entries are now being
accepted for the 2012
Florida Forest Festival
Baby Photo Contest.
The entry fee is $9 and
age categories include: 0-6
months, 7-11 months, one
year, two years, three years


and four years.
Trophies will be awarded
for first, second and third
.place in each age group.
Entries will be judged
on the following criteria:
uniqueness of photo;
capturing the moment; baby


showing personality; and
photogenic quality.
Only one photo-per child
may be entered and photos
must have been taken after
Apirl 1, 2012. Photos must
be enlarged to a 5x7 and
with a matted border.


The deadline for
submissions is Friday, Oct.
12.
Winners will be
announced during the
Florida Forest Festival Little
King & Queen Pageant
Saturday, Oct. 13.


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AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at
Perry Shrine Club.
Kiwanls Club: Wednesdays,
noon, Perry Elks Lodge on
Puckett Road.
MainStreet Perry: fourth
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Perry Historic
Station.
NAACP: first Sunday, 5 p.m., at
Jerkins Community Center.
Optimist Club: Thursday,
noon at Rosehead, downtown
Perry.
Perry Garden Club: third
Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Perry Elks Lodge: second and
fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Perry Lodge #187: first
and third Tues., 6 p.m., Masonic
Hall.
Perry Masonic Lodge 123:
meets first and third Monday,
7:30 p.m.
Perry Shrine Club: fourth
Thursday at 7 p.m. (club house
located on Courtney Road).
Perry Woman's Club: second
Wed., noon (September to
May).
Rotary Club: Tues., noon at
Rosehead Junction.
Taylor County Leadership
Council: second and fourth
Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community
Center.
Vogue XIII: first Mon., 7:30 p.m.
Call 584-2404.


Airport Advisory Committee:
fourth Wednesday, 12 noon,
Perry-Foley Airport.
City Council: second and
fourth Tues., at 5:30 p.m.
County Commission: first
Mon. and third Tues. at 5:30 p.m.,
courthouse annex; workshop,
fourth Tues., 5 p.m.
Planning Board: first Thurs.,
6 p.m. Courthouse annex (old
post office).
Taylor County Construction
License Board Meeting: third
Fri., 2 p.m., courthouse annex.
Taylor County School Board:
first and third Tues., 6 p.m.
Taylor Coastal Water and
Sewer: fourth Tuesday at 18820
Beach Road, 5:30 p.m.
Taylor Soil & Water
Conservation District Board:
fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Foley
Airport terminal conference room.
Call 584-4329 for information.
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Diabetes classes: every
Tuesday, 3 p.m., Doctors'
Memorial Hospital.
FAMU Alumni Chapter:
second Monday, 7 p.m., Jerkins
Community Center.
Friends of the Taylor County
Public Library: last Monday


of the month, 5:30 p.m., public
library.
Girl Scouts Service Unit: first
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Scout Hut.
Helping Hands of the Shelter:
second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Chamber
of Commerce.
Home Educators League of
Perry: Forest Capital Hall. Call
584-6866 or visit on-line htt:taylor.
ifas.ufl.edu.
Muskogee Creek Indian
Nation: second and fourth Sat.,
7 p.m. Tribal grounds, Lyman
Hendry Road.
Muskogee Creek IndianTribe:
second Saturday, 3 p.m., Oak Hill
Village on Woods Creek Road.
National Wild Turkey
Federation (Yellow Pine
Drummers): holds open monthly
meeting on first Thursday, Golden
Corral, 7 p.m. Call 584-9185.
Parrot Heads in Perry-"dise"
Club: meets the second and
fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Call
843-1469 for location.
Pet adoptions: Taylor County
Animal Shelter, open Monday
through Friday. Call 838-3525.
Republican Party of Taylor
County: second Thursday,
6 p.m., at Rigoni's Cookhouse
on Highway 19 North. Call 584-
5878.
Taylor Adult Program (TAP):
Thursday, 10 a.m., 502 N.
Center Street. 223-0393.


Taylor Coastal Communities
Association: second Tuesday,
6 p.m., .at the district building on
Beach Road.
Taylor County Amateur Radio
Club: first Tuesday, 7 p.m.,
Perry-Foley Airport conference
room.
Taylor County Brotherhood:
meets on Mondays, 7 p.m., at New
Brooklyn; every third Saturday,
9 a.m., at Stewart Memorial.
Taylor County Brotherhood
Choir: meets every Thursday,
6 p.m., at Stewart Memorial.
Chamber of Commerce:
second Thurs., 8 a.m., chamber
board room.
Taylor County Development
Authority: second Mon., noon,
at Historic Perry Station.
Taylor County Historical
Society: third Mon., 7 p.m.
Historical Society building.
Society's museum is open every
Thursday, 1-5 p.m.
Taylor County Horseman's
Association Horse Show:
practice roping every Friday,
7 p.m.; second
Saturday, registration,
3 p.m.; ride, 4 p.m. Arena is
located on Bishop Blvd. Free
admission.
Taylor County Quilters:
Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, public
library.
Taylor County Reef Research
Team: second Tuesday, 7 p.m.,


Forest Capital Hall.
Taylor County Senior Center:
Executive Board of Directors
meeting, every third Thursday.
Taylor County United:
second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel
Christian Fellowship (1454
Courtney Road).
Tourism Development
Council: second Thurs.,
12 noon, Chamber of Commerce.
Whole Child Taylor-Shared
Service Network: fourth Mon.,
9 a.m., Alton H. Wentworth
Administrative Complex.
Yarn Lovers Circle: first and
third Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Taylor
County Public Library.


AL-ANON: meets every
Thursday at noon, St. James
Episcopal Church.
Alcoholics Anonymous:
Monday, 7 p.m. and Thursday,
7 p.m. at the Serenity House,
1824 N. Jefferson St. Call 843-
3484.
Big Bend Hospice Advisory
Council: fourth Tuesday at
1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice office
(107 E. Green).
Celebrate Recovery: a non-
denominational, Christ-centered
recovery ministry meets
Thursday at 6 p.m., in the First
Baptist Church Youth Center (old
Citizens Bank building).


Narcotics Anonymous: Sun.,
Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat.,
12 noon Catholic Church of the
Immaculate Conception (Parish
Center), 2750 S. Byron Butler
Pkwy. For questions, call: (877)
340-5096.
Perry Winners Group of
Alcoholics Anonymous: Friday,
8 p.m.; Heritage House, 317 N.
Orange St.
The Way: (faith-based
12-step group for addicts
and alcoholics) Tuesday,
7:30 p.m., and Friday, 7 p.m.,
at the Serenity House, 1824 N.
Jefferson St. Call 672-0626;


AMVETS Post 20: third
Saturday, 9 a.m., at Golden
Corral Restaurant.
American Legion Post #291:
second Saturday, 10 a.m.
American Legion Post #96:
first Tues., 7 p.m., American
Legion Hall, Center St.
Sons of Confederate
Veterans: fourth Thursday at
North Orange Street. Call 584-
5725 or 838-2045.
VFW Post #9225: second
Tuesday, 7 p.m. (American Legion
building).
If you would like to add your group
or organization to the community
calendar free of charge, e-mail
newsdesk@perrynewspapers.com


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Living


A-4 Taco Times September 26,2012


11th anniversary with luncheon Aug. 25


October brings another

wave of family reunions
The Levingston, Ross, Lashley and Wood Reunion will
be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Forest Capital Park at 12 noon.
Friends and relatives are invited to come and to bring a
covered dish to share.
For additional information, please contact Hettie Carter
at 584-7832.






at TCES on Friday 4-6

Taylor County Elementary School urges you to come to
its Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 28, from 4-6 p.m. at the bus
loop for the school.
Cooler temperatures have ushered in the new ..season,
with games, prizes, face painting, sno-cones, hot dogs,
pizza and fun promised, along with a live D.J..to keep the
music coming.
Your support of TCES is appreciated by the teachers,
staff, parents and students.

Beach, LaValle will represent
PWC at Orlando convention
The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Florida
x\ ill hold its Fall board meeting Sept 28-30 in Orlando
President .Shawna Beach and LaDonna LaValle \~ill
represent the Perr Womnan's Club at the event.


The Roseheads of-Perry,
chapter 2207 of the Red
Hat Society, celebrated
their 11th anniversary with
a luncheon on Saturday,
Aug. 25, in the private
dining room of Logan's
'Steakhouse in Tallahassee.
Twenty-four members and
two guests were present,
including the planning
committee composed of
Marie Hill, loria Walker and
Cheryl Gregory.
Walker rang the Red Hat
bell and welcomed everyone
including the day's guests,
Helen Burgess (mother of
member Teresa Jackson)
and Jill Richardson (guest
of Diane Richie).
Featuring the history of
the Red Hat Society, Debbie
Beach read the poem on
which the organization is
based, "When I Am An Old
Woman" by Jenny Joseph.
Charlotte Ellison delivered
the Red Hat Society's
Statement of Purpose
written by Exalted Queen
Mother Sue Ellen Cooper,
founder.
Gregory then presented
history of the local chapter
which was chartered on
Aug. 20. "We remain
in good statiding with
Hatquarters in Fullerton,
Calif. Our current charter is
displayed on the table with
other chapter memorabilia."
Charter members ;\ere
recognized for their
hard work in starting the
chapter, helping it gro\\
and remaining involved.
Charter members present


included Esther Ehle,
Patricia Lindsey and Debbie
Beach.
Hill said the blessing as
appetizers and salads began
to arrive. Hot sandwiches,
entree salads and sizzling


fit in, the place where we all
belong." Marie Hill gave
her interpretation of a final
Red Hat poem and then a
special decorated cake for
the occasion was served
with freshly brewed coffee.


The celebration finale
was the singing of "The Red
Hat Anthem" led by Bonnie
Jo Wells.


lona Walker, Marie Hill and Cheryl Gregory were hostesses for the birthday
luncheon for the Red Hat Society held at Logan's Steakhouse.
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steaks were served.
After the meal, August
birthdays were recognized:
Debbie Beach, Patricia
Lindsey, Deborah Roberts,
Cookie Workman and
Deborah Coffman. Each
was presented a gift.
Debi Limoges and
Cookie Workman shared
verses as they read,. "Ode
to the Red Hat Society" by
Cooper. It began, "A poet
put it \ery well. She said
when she was older. she
wouldn't be so meek and
mild. She threatened to get
bolder." It ended. "We'%e
round the place \where we


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Sports


A-5 Taco Times


September 26, 2012


'Dogs fall to undefeated Madison 42-7


quarter.
After a short kickoff
return, the Bulldogs began
on their own 12. Daniel
Wentworth completed a
9-yard pass to Chance
Rodgers over the middle
on 1st down, but Rodgers
had the ball jarred loose
by Madison sophomore


YARDSTICK


Taylor Co.
13
21/58
19/33/0
179
237
5/47


Stats
First Downs
Rushing Yards
Comp /Passes/Inl
Pass Yards
Total Offense
Punts/Avg.


Madison Co.
20
34/269
11/18/0
193
462
2/42.5


3/2 Fumbles/Lost 2/0
5/59 Penalties/Yds. 9/80


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On the very first play
from scrimmage, Madison's
Sheddrick Williams took- a
back door screen pass and
turned it into a 78-yard TD,
weaving his way through
Bulldog defenders on his
way to the endzone.
D.J. McKnight followed
up with 2-point'conversion
pass to Keon Bruton to give
the Cowboys an 8-0 lead
just 25 seconds into the first


Ladarrius "Bump"
Robinson. Deandre Miller
scooped and scored on the
fumble return from 21 yards
out to put Madison up 14-0
just 45 seconds into the
game.
Despite the worst possible
start, the Bulldogs refused
to pack it in, as the offense
picked up two big first
downs and moved the ball
into Madison territory


TCHS wide receiver Moral Stephens (3) pulls in
a pass against the Cowboys. On the night the
junior pass catcher grabbed 7 passes for 57
yards. (Photo by Wayne Dunwoody)


By AARON PORTWOOD
Despite falling behind
14-0 just 45 seconds into
the game, the Taylor County
Bulldogs refused to quit and
put up a valiant fight in a 42-7
loss to undefeated #2-ranked
Class 2A Madison County,
Friday night at Madison's
Boot Hill Stadium.


The second annual
Elks Care-Elks Share Fall
Fishing Tournament is set to
go on Saturday, Sept. 29, out
of Keaton Beach Marina.
The tournament, which
is a two-person team event,
will have a payout of
$2,500.
Two major prizes include
the combined weight of the
team's best trout and legal
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before being forced to punt.
Jaymonte McLeod caught
a pair of passes on the drive,
Wentworth scrambled for
9, but the Bulldogs were
forced to punt.
Taylor's defense held -
and forced a Madison punt.
The Bulldog offense started
on their own 3, but drove
to midfield thanks to a 19-
yard pass from Wentworth
to Moral Stephens, a 12-
yard run by Jake Smyrnios
and several short passes to
McLeod.
Wentworth's punt pinned
Madison back at their own
13 to end the 1st quarter, but
the Cowboys' Williams took
an inside handoff 63 yards
for a touchdown to give
Madison a 21-0 lead early in
the 2nd quarter.
Rodgers picked up 25
yards on a kickoff return
and 14 yards on a sweep. Bulldog linebackers (
Smyrnios bulled his way stop on a Madison runr
for a 21-yard gain and the from Wentworth on a roll
Bulldogs were threatening out pass. After Chris Davis
at the Madison 35 when booted the extra point, the
Smrynios had the ball Bulldogs trailed 28-7 with
stripped away at the end of 8:23 left in the 3rd quarter.
a 2-yard gain. Despite three big penalties
Madison took over on against the Bulldogs tha
their own 43 and completed helped Madison keep their
a 32-yard pass before next drive alive, Taylor's
punching the ball in with defense came up big and
Keon Bruton's 12-yard run stopped the Cowboys at the
with 5:09 left in the half. Taylor 26, forcing a missed
.The Bulldogs moved the field goal attempt.
ball in the first half, picking After the big defensive
up 140 yards against the stop, Wentworth complete
vaunted Madison defense, a 24-yard pass to McLeoc
but could not find the on first down and i
endzone. appeared the Bulldogs were
However, Taylor opened threatening to pull within
the 3rd quarter with an 28-14 as the 3rd quarter rar
impressive 10-play, 80-yard down.
scoring drive. However, after the
Wentworth hit Stephens Bulldogs drove to midfield
for a 6-yard pass and a 3-yard pass to Stephens
followed up with a 12-yard a pass to Rodgers that was
completion to McLeod and broken up. and a 4-yard
a 12-yard pass to Smyrnios sack on 3rd down, force
out of the backfield. Wentworth to punt.
Eury Holmes picked up Madison put the game
15-yards on a screen pass away on their next drive
and the Bulldogs moved needing 7 plays to march
the ball to the Madison 19 80 yards before scoring or
thanks to a pass interference a 6-yard pitch play to make
call. it 35-7 with 10:51 to play in
Stephens made a great the game.
run after the catch for a 13- After a quick three
yard gain and then caught and out by the Bulldogs
a perfect 6-yard TD'pass Madison tacked on another


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There will also be a free
youth tournament for kids
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The entry fee is $60
per two-angler team with
a $10 discount for early
entry.
For more information call
(850) 223-3952 or (850)
673-9206.


Soccer sign up runs through Monday


SThe Perry Soccer
Association has begun
registration for its fall
leagues for ages 4-13.
SThe fee is $45 per player
iIili the sign-up period


FWC


ending Oct. 1. After Oct.
1, a late fee of $10 will be
charged until the rosters are
finalized.
Those interested may
sign up at the Fair Store in


downtown Perry. All games
will be played on Mondays,
Thursday and (two)
Saturday at the Sports
Complex.
The season will get


underway Nov. 1 and
end Dec. 6. Because of
unpredictable weather,
games will be called off
at the field at game time,
organizers said.


plans hunter safety course here


The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) is
offering a free hunter safety
Internet-completion course
in Taylor County.
The class is Oct. 27 from
;8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students
who have taken the online
course and wish to complete
this classroom portion must
bring the online-completion
report with them.
The location for this
class will be given to those
who register in advance by
calling the regional FWC
office at 386-758-0525 or
going to MyFWC.com/
HunterSafety.
All firearms, ammunition
and materials are provided
free of charge. Students
should bring a pen or
pencil and paper. An adult


must accompany children
younger than 16 at all
times.
People born on or after
June 1, 1975, must complete
the hunter safety course
before purchasing a Florida
hunting license. The FWC
course satisfies hunter safety

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Perry Plaza


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touchdown with a 20-yard
fade pass from McKnight
to Akevious Williams with
9:08 remaining in the game
to make the final 42-7.
"Don't hang your heads.
You just played the #2 team
in the state, spotted them 14
points early and then hung
with them. You didn't quit
and I am proud of the effort
you showed," Head Coach
Ryan Smith told his team
after the game.
"Our offensive line had
the best night they have had
all season. I am really proud
of our defense for battling
the way they did. I am
very impressed by how our
players fought hard, played
hard and did not give up or
pack it in after being down
14-0 in the first minute,"
Smith said. "We shut them


out in the 3rd quarter and
had the ball driving with
a chance to make it 28-14
heading into the 4th quarter."
Wentworth completed 19
of 33 passes for 179 yards,
1 TD and no interceptions
against Madison.
McLeod had 9 catches for
86 yards, Stephens caught
7 passes for 57 yards and
1 TD, while Rodgers (9
yards), Smyrnios (12 yards)
and Holmes (15 yards) all
had one catch.
Smymios rushed 11 times
for 47 yards, Wentworth
finished with 2 yards on
6 carries (including three
sacks for minus 13 yards)
and Rodgers had 1 carry for
14 yards. Art Nelson carried
the ball'twice for negative 3
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GENERAL ELECTION
November 6, 2012









ARE YOU REGISTERED TO



BOOK CLOSING
October 9, 2012
The book closing date is the statewide deadline
to register to vote or make any party changes.
The book closing date for the General Election is
Oct. 9, 2012. If you need to register to vote or would
like to make a party change you must complete a
voter registration form and submit it to the elections
office on or before this book closing date. Once the
registration books close, only updates to a voter's
name, address and signature shall be permitted.
Visit your elections office website at
www.taylorelectionscom for additional information
on the Nov. 6, 2012, General Election.

T y r C n d u s o r
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Taylor Counly Supervisor of Elections


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Religion


A-6 Taco Times September 26, 2012


Stone Family sings at weekend festival, then Mt. Gilead Baptist


Banquet slated Oct. 1
Taylor Association Baptist Men and their families
will gather for a Missionary Banquet on Monday, Oct. 1,
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event will be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
with Jim and Jenny Musen as keynote speakers. Please
make plans to attend!


Mamie L. Dorman
Malone
Mamie L. Dorman
Malone, 94, died Sept. 21,
2012, at her daughter's
home in Seffner. She was
born April 8, 1928, in
Perry to Riley and Maggie
Dorman and was a lifelong
resident of Taylor County.
She was preceded in
death by her husband of
65 years, Loyd Malone;
a granddaughter, Dixie
Malone; and a brother,
Frank Dorman.
Survivors include: Dixie
(Marlin) Walker; Tom
(Wanda) ; Malone; Dan
(Freida) Malone; -nine
grandchildren; 17 great-
grandchildren; one great-
great-grandchild; and a
sister, Doris Carrin of
Mayo.
Funeral services will
be held today, Sept. 26, at
11 a.m. at Joe P. Burns
Funeral Home which is in
charge of arrangements.
Interment will follow at
Carlton Cemetery. Family
members will receive
friends one hour prior to the
service.

Johnnie Lewis
Glanton
Johnnie Lewis Glanton,
a former-resident of Taylor
County, died Sept, 19, 2012.
A memorial service will
be held Friday, Sept. 28,
at 11 a.m. at the Triumph
Church and Kingdom of
God in Christ, located
at 7843 Siskin Ave.,
Jacksonville.
Visitation will be held
Thursday, Sept. 27, from
5-7 p.m. Graveside services
will be held Saturday, Sept.
29 in Abbeville, Ala.


Myrtice Mae
Whiddon
Myrtice Mae Whiddon,
84, died Sept. 22, 2012.
She was born on Aug. 7,
1928, in Perry at the home of
her parents, Bob Fowler and
the former May Carter. She
worked as the custodian for
the First United Methodist
Church of Perry for many
years and was a member
of the former Pentecostal
Church of Perry.
She was preceded in
death by her parents; her
husband, Ed Whiddon; and
a daughter, Betty Martin.
Survivors include: three
sons, Lamar Whiddon
of Perry, Larry Junior
Starlings of California and
James Thomley, of Perry;
two daughters Merdine
Mathis and Susan Thomley,
both of Perry; one step-
daughter, Ludy Roberts
of Tennessee; one brother,
Bill Fowler of Perry; three
sisters, Merice Thomley of
Perry, Flonnie Buchanan
of Mayo and Carolyn
Fowler of Tallahassee; 17
grandchildren; 10 great-
grandchildren; 6 great-great
-grandchildren; and a host
of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was
held Tuesday, Sept. 25,
at 2 p.m. in Woodlawn
Cemetery with Rodney
McKinley officiating.
Burns Funeral Homes was
in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann
Morris
Patricia Ann Morris, 66,
died Thursday, Sept. 20,
2012, at her residence.
She was born in Orlando
on Sept. 5, 1946, to Herman
John Hull and the former


Stone Family sings here
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will welcome the Stone
Family for services Sunday at 10:30 a.m. These guest
musicians will also perform during the weekend "Pickin'
in the Pines" Festival.
There will be no Sunday School but dinner on the
grounds will follow the Stone Family's performance.


Lucille Stokes. Coming
from Ocala she had lived
in Perry since November,
2011. Mrs. Morris was
a member of the Ocala
Sheriff's Squad for seven
years, and was a bus driver
for 10 years.
She was preceded in
death by her parents.
Survivors include:
three sons, Herman Lee
Strickland, Justin Eugene
Strickland and James David
(Jaime) Strickland, all
of Perry; two daughters,
Katrina Lynne Strickland
and James Markey, Barbara
JoAnn (Scott) Markey, all
of Perry; a brother, Thomas
Benjamin Hull of Ocala;
13 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
No services are planned
at this time. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may
be made to the American
Cancer Society.

Tony Allen
Touchton
Tony Allen Touchton,
54, died Friday, Sept. 21,
2012, at his residence in
Valdosta, Ga., where he was
a longtime resident.
Mr. Touchton was a
mechanic for Mike and
Sons Mechanic Shop in
Valdosta and a Master
Mechanic A.N.S.I. He was
trained through GMC.
Survivors include: his
mother, Hilda Pitts of Perry;
and step-mother, Ella Kate
Touchton of Perry; two
sisters; Ouida (Michael)
Wright of Perry, and
Robbin (Charles) Wright
of Thomasville, Ga.; one
brother, ,Alvin (Tammy)
Touchton of Perry; three
step-sisters, Joyce Pafford


of Tallahassee, Frances
Pitts of Perry and Patty Pitts
of Perry; one step-brother,
Howard Sadler of Perry;
and a host of other relatives.
Funeral services were
held Tuesday, Sept.
25, at 11 a.m. with
interment following in
Pisgah Cemetery. Beggs
Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.

Holden Lee Kent
Holden Lee Kent, 72, died
Sept. 21, 2012, at Doctors'
Memorial Hospital.
He was born on April 15,
1940, in Hosford, to Morgan
Kent and the former Daisey
Tharp but lived most of his
life in Perry. Mr. Kent was
a welder by trade and a
member of the Center Street
Church of God.
He is survived by his wife
of 48 years, Opal Kent,
of Perry; two daughters,
Angela Kent and Donna
Kent, both of Perry; two
brothers, ,Bob Kent of Ft.
Walton and Lamar Kent, of
Texas; three grandchildren;
and one great-grandson.
Graveside services were
held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11
a.m. at Pineview Memorial
Cemetery with Billy
Gipson officiating. Family
members received friends
Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.
at Burns Funeral Home.


Pastor Gil Williams invites everyone to attend.

Mark Oct. 7-9 on your calendar
Salem Baptist Church invites everyone to their Fall
Revival Oct. 7-9 featuring the Rev. Ben Kimmell as speaker
and Don Bishop as worship leader.
A nursery will be provided.


5th Sunday Gospel Sing

This Sunday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.

Featuring:
The Stone Family Group
and Local Singers
Everyone is Welcome!


San Pedro Baptist Church
R.v. ,Jamnes Rolerts,pastor 4420 Sn Pedro Rd.


Taylor Baptist Association

Men & Families
Missionary Banquet

Monday, October 1

Supper at 5:30

Missionaries:

Jim & Jenny Musen


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Card of Thanks


Roberts
The family of the late Christopher
Roberts would like to thank everyone for
your :. inr kindness and your prayers.


Your devotion, cards and phone calls were
greatly appreciated. May God bless each
and every one of you.
Earnestine Roberts and Family


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Big Yard Sale. Friday and
Saturday, 8 a.m. until, 1791 Golf
Course Rd. Lots of miscellaneous
items.
09/26 09/28




HUNTING CLUB. 1,000 acres
located in Lake Bird/Shady Grove
area. Need two members, call
(850) 578-2011.
09/21 10/10


RC, fn


We
Buy
Scrap
Metal and Junk
Cars
850-838-5865


Cash for junk cars and trucks, free
removal. 7 days a week. Call (386)
658-1030 or (904) 887-8513.
08/10 10/10




2008 Jacobsen 42x60 4/2
2008 Scotbilt 28x70 3/2
2005 Fleetwood 28x76 4/2
1996 Fleetwood 16x80 3/2
1997 Homes of Merit 28x60 4/2
Call (352) 303-8771
ALL LOT MODELS MUST GO
COME AND MAKE YOUR DEAL
(352) 493-9600.
TMHC, tfn




1 bedroom fully furnished trailer in
nice quiet area. Utilities and
satellite TV included. 1 adult only,
no children, no pets, $130 weekly
and $130 security. Call 584-2199.
09/26 10/12

Prevatt's Wayside Apartments. For
rent fully furnished efficiency. All
utilities included. Adults only. No
children. $140 weekly plus $100
deposit. Call (850) 295-4985.
09/19- 09/28

Seeking drug/alcohol free person
to rent room in my home.
Everything furnished, $100
weekly. Call 838-6746 or 672-
4089..Chihuahua puppies $75.
BW, tfn (Wed.)

House for rent. 3 bedroom, 2 bath,
1st, last and security. Call for
appointment, (850) 838-6077 after
5 p.m. (850) 584-2270.
JM, tfn


DEADLINES:
The deadlines for classified ads are Monday by
5 p.m. for the Taco Times and Wednesday by
5 p.m. for the Perry News-Herald.




Small ads...big deals!


-i WANTiE -1


Apartments for rent. Efficiency, 1
bedroom and 2 bedroom. 1st, last
and security. Call for appointment,
(850) 838-6077 after 5 p.m. (850)
584-2270.
JM,tfn

Office space available. 900 sq. ft.,
Move in special. 1000 S. Jefferson
St.(850) 371-1568.
09/12- 10/05

Keaton Beach Vacation Rental
Week/Weekend, $75 nightly, 32'
camper with kitchen and satellite
TV. Call (850) 578-2446.
08/31 09/26

2BD/1BA house on a beautiful
corner lot, 602 W. Veterans Dr.
Patio, fenced yard, eat-in kitchen
and dinning room. $595 monthly,
$595 deposit, (305) 970-1653.
LS, tfn

Rooms available at Skylark Motel
everything included for monthly
$595 (required $45 deposit),
$175-$240 weekly or $40 daily
(tax included). 317 N. Byron Butler
Pkwy. (305) 970-1653.
LS, tfn

Very clean 2BR/2BA mobile home
situated on nice, shady lot with
large screened porch, screened
patio, covered porch entrance.
$600 monthly, includes, stove,
refrigerator, dishwasher, washer
and hookup for dryer. Property
located at 2789 Johnson Stripling
Rd. Deposit required with
references. Please call 838-5716.
09/05 09/28

Taking applications for 2 BD/2
Bath home located in Everetts
Mobile Home Park. Includes
water, sewer and garbage, $480
monthly, $300 deposit.
References required, apply in
person at Perry Repo Outlet, Ms.
Betty 584-7094.
EMHP, tfn

Woodridge Apartments
Accepting applications for 1, 2,
and 3 BR HC and Non-HC
accessible apartments. HUD
vouchers considered. Call 850-
584-5668. 709 W. Church St.,
Perry, FL 32348 TDD 711. 'This
institution is an equal opportunity
provider, and employer."
WGA, tfn

House for rent. 3 bedroom, 2 bath,
1st, last and security. Call for
appointment, (850) 838-6077 after
5 p.m. (850) 584-2270.
JM,tfn


FOR RENT
603 N. Faulkner St.-- 3 bedroom, 2 bath, corner 'ot baclkard
has a privacy fence $650/month (first and last month rent up
front)

FOR SALE
6219 Ira L. Smith Rd.-2006 DWMH, 3 bedroom, 2 bath,
2.02 acres, paved road in Shady Grove..S49,995
6010 Ira L Smith Rd.--1999 SWMH, 3 bedroom, 2 bath,
2.08 acres, fish the banks of the Econfina River from your
property-$52,000
2851 Dorman Peacock--Older home with 4 bedrooms,
2 baths, one acre, corner lot--$69,900--bring all offers, seller
is motivated
3620 Bohanan Circle--Looking for brand new inside,
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1.31 acres, completely renovated--call
today and brinq all offers--$70,349
710 W. Green St.--Looking for a great older home with
lots of room and many updates, walking distance to
downtown--call for appoinment--$95,000
901 E. Julia St.-Close to the high school and the elementary
schools, lots of room, screened back porch, corner lot,
3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a huge game room--$99,900
324 Glenridge Rd.--3 bedrooms, 2 baths, .85 acre, corner
lot, all brick, carport--$135,000
409 Glenridge Rd.--3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1967 wood
siding, wood burning fireplace, potential short sale--call for
appointment--$142,000
103 Dogwod Way--What a great house, 3 bedrooms,
2 baths, 2,989 sq. ft.,, covered porch, formal living room,
master bedroom has it all--hot tub, bath has double sinks.
shower stall, go-thru double doors to the game room
with pool table and a deck--lots more. Must have an
appointment--$175,000.
Bishop Blvd.--1983 brick/partial trim, 1,56 acres,
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, in-ground pool, 2 bedrooms upstairs
with full bath, living room with a fireplace, family room, dining
room and lots more--$225,000--make an appointment
50 acres--1999 all brick home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,536
sg. ft., 40x80 workshop, fenced, crossed-fenced, 4 stall barn,
pastures and some low areas--$295,000--call for a showing


Westgate Rooms available for
rent. refrigerator, microwave, TV
w/cable, AC/Heater. Everything
included. $175- $240 weekly, $40
daily, $595-$635 per month.
RV sites $20 daily, $100 weekly,
$350 monthly. Tax included. 1627
S. Byron Butler Pkwy. 850-299-
6554.
LS, tfn

TIDEWATER APARTMENTS
--Under New Management --
2- 3 BR apartments available.
Special Move-In Pkg. Rent
based on income. Water/Gas
furnished. On-site Laundry.
Close to City/Water Parks,
Boys & Girls Club, and
Shopping Plazas. Public
Transportation available.
Call 850-584-6842.
TDD 711, EHO.
Section 8 Affordable Multifamily
Housing
tfn


STEINHATCHEE
PLACE RESORT
Furnished 1 and 2 bedroom
apartments for rent $600 to $800.
Included with rent is full cable t.v.,
Internet, hot tub, one block, one
block to river and new boat
landing. Call 352-498-7740 if no
answer 813-677-9640.
SPR, tfn




Home for sale. 3BD/2BA tri-level
floor plan, LR/DR with fireplace,
family room with fireplace, kitchen,
breakfast area, office, large rec.
room, patio, pool, large storage
building, 3 acres m/I, 2,592 sq. ft.
121 Shady Oaks Dr. (off
Plantation). (850) 584-7687 or
843-5512.
08/22 09/28

Land for Sale, 221 North between
Shiloh Church Rd. and Cairo
Parker Rd. 1 acre lots with paved
roads. Owner financing available.
Please call (386) 658-1346 or
(850) 584-7466.
EF, tfn

RIVERFRONT LOT FOR SALE
Want to own this part of "The
Suwannee River?"
Priced to Sell!!!!
Located in Lafayette County,
Mayo, Florida.
.75 acres for only $36,500!!!
Now Accepting Offers
Call Cynthia for more information
(850) 223-7152
or Visit our website: bcfcu.coop
BCFCU, tfn

LAND FOR SALE. 10 acres/30
acres on San Pedro Bay Road.
100 acres with mature pine trees
on Hwy. 27. (850) 878-8101,
please leave message.
09/12- 10/5

For sale or rent to own. House in
Ocean Pond subdivision only 5
miles from Keaton Beach, FL.
1,568 sq. ft. of living area 3
bedroom, 2 bath new house with
all new appliances, carpet and
hardwood flooring. Open kitchen
living room area sitting on 2 acres
of land ready to move in.
REDUCED to $129,500. Call
(850) 672-0536.
08/17 09/28




1997 Chevrolet Astro van. All
wheel drive, very good
mechanical condition, 8
passenger seating, front and rear
air. 146,515 miles $2,900. Call
Don Cook 584-3951.
09/26- 10/05

Classifieds work...

Call 584-5513.

2002 Camaro S/S, fast V8, 6
speed manual, sharp t-tops, dark
tint and black over arctic white all
leather, 50,000 miles, $13,800.
Call Patrick 223-2098.
09/07 09/28


Cashier/Desk Clerk
Must be able to work evenings
and weekends. Must be able to
pass a background and drug test.
Must have dependable
transportation, a valid ID and be
18. Please fax a COMPLETE
resume to (850) 584-4544. No
phone calls please.
09/19 -10/12

Retail and Food Service Manager
needed immediate opening in a
progressive and growing company
requires- previous experience in
retail or food service
management. Including store
scheduling, P&L, marketing and
expense control. Compensation
based on skills and experience.
Vacation, sick and health benefits
available. Resume and references
required. Apply by mail, P.O. Box
923, Perry, FL 32348.
WO.
tfn


ACCOUNTING POSITION
Immediate opening for someone
with accounting skills. May be
degree and/or experienced. Must
be competent and enjoy working
with numbers. Hours 8:00 a.m. -
5:00 p.m. Compensation open,
based on skills. Normal vacation,
sick leave, holiday pay. Bring
resume, work and salary history,
along with references. Please
apply in person. Ware Oil &
Supply Co. Inc., 2715 S. Byron
Butler .Pkwy., Perry, FL 32348.
Drug Free Workplace.
WO, tfn

Taylor County Board of County
Commissioners
Fire Fighter/Paramedic (full
time) -$11.10/hr
HEO I, Truck Driver (part time)-
$9.31/hr
Animal Control Officer-starting
at $9.31/hr
Applications and job description
can be obtained from
www.taylorcountygpv.com
MOBILE CAREER LAB at Perry
Square (Save-A-Lot and Goodwill
parking lot) on Tuesdays,
Wednesday, or Thursdays 9:00
a.m. 4:00 p.m.; or Workforce.
Positions are .open until filled.
Taylor County Board of
Commissioners is an EOE, VP, DT
and background checking
employer.
TCBCC, tfn


Have a job opening?
Advertise in the Taco
Times classified today.

Call 584-5513.

THREE RIVERS REGIONAL
LIBRARY SYSTEM
HELP WANTED AD
Position Title:
Adult Programming Coordinator
Hourly Pay Rate:
$10.00 ~ 28 Hours/Week (1-Year
Funded Only)
Nature of Work:
The employee in this position is
responsible for implementing,
coordinating, and teaching adult
programs for the Library System
(Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, &
Taylor counties) and for assisting
with public relations and
promotion of the library programs.
Technology skills are essential.
Must have reliable form of
transportation for travel within the
Three Rivers area. This travel is
reimbursed according to State of
Florida guidelines. EOE/DFWP
Detailed job description can be
found at www.3riverslibrary.com
Mail, email, or fax a letter of
application, resume, and
3 references by October 12, 2012
To: Cheryl Pulliam
Three Rivers Regional Library
System
P.O. Box 1340
Mayo, FL 32066
386.294.3858 Phone
386.294.3861 Fax
Email:
cpulliam @ 3riverslibrary.com
09/26 TRRLS


A to Z Farm and Lawn Service
Land clearing, tree trimming/
removal, dump truck service,
harrowing, bush hog mowing, rake
work, dirt leveling and complete
lawn service. Call 584-6737.
AZ, tfn

FLOORING
Carpet, Vinyl and Repairs. Will
beat all prices. Call 850-838-9050.
If no answer please a leave
message.
BR, tfn

TALL TIMBER TREE SERVICE
*Stump Grinding
*Tree Trimming
*Tree Removal
*Debris Removal
*Bucket truck use
*Bush Hogging
*Pressure Washing
'Free Estimates* and
*Great Rates*
Call today!
850-838-5923 or 850-584-8191
Mark A. Moneyhan
Licensed and Insured
Certified Quality Specialist.
10/31, tfn

JM Handyman Home Repairs,
LLC Pressure washing, painting,
concrete, wood decks, Ceramic
tile, laminate wood available,
Mobile Home Repairs, RV Leak
Repairs. 838-6077 or 584-2270.
JM, tfn




NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR
TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that
Cordele Dawson Corporation
the holder of the following
certificate has filed said
certificate for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate
number, year of issuance,
description of the property, and
the names in which the property
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate Number 121 Year of
Issuance 2010
Description of Property:
Parcel Number R01766-546
Legal 10.00 acres;
Lot 3 Tract 4: Commence at the
Northwest corner of Section 23,
Township 2 South, Range 7 East;
Thence run South 88D 54M 10S
East 1083.37 feet; thence run
South 01D 10M 25S West 1082.96
feet to a Point of Beginning;
thence run South 88D 54M 10S
East 401.92 feet; thence run
South 01D 10M 25S West 541.48
feet; thence run North 88D 54M
10S West 401.92 feet; thence run
North 01D 10M 25S East 541.48
feet to the Point of Beginning.
Also Lot 4 Tract 4: Commence at
the Northwest corner of Section
23, Township 2 South, Range 7
East; Thence run South 88D 54M
10S East 1083.37 feet; thence run
South 01D 10M 25S West 1624.45
feet to the Point of Beginning;.
thence run South 88D 54M 10S
East 401.92 feet; thence run
South 01D 10M 25S West 480.11
feet; thence run south 73D 57M
52S West 420.76 feet; thence run
North 01D 10M, 25S East 604.06
feet to the Point of Beginning.
Recording in official records 606,
page 220.
Name In which assessed
Selbourne & Vinnie Goode
Said property being in the
County of Taylor, State of Florida.
Unless such certificate shall be
redeemed according to law, the
property described shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the
courthouse door on the 22th'day
of October, 2012 at 11:00 o'clock
a.m. Dated this 13th day of
September, 2012
Signature: Annie Mae Murphy
Clerk of Circuit Court
Taylor County, Florida

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR
TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that
Cordele Dawson Corporation
the holder of the following
certificate has filed said
certificate for a tax deed to be
issued thereon, The certificate
number, year of issuance,
description of the property, and


WALL-TO-WALL

SDries in 3-4 Hours ~ Tile Floors Pet Odors
TREE CAPITAL CLEANING
'_ 584-CLEAN (584-2532)


WE BUY GOL, SILER,


OLD COINS AND ALMOST


ANYTHING ELSE OF VALUE


Looking for a retired
or semi-retired, experienced

WEB PRESSMAN

for a few days/week

Perry Newspapers, Inc.


Good pay Apply in person at
123 S. Jefferson St.


the names in which the property
was assessed are as follows:
Certificate Number 1254 Year of
Issuance 2010
Description of Property:
Parcel Number R09043-700
PARCEL 67-8
COMMENCE AT THE NW COR OF
S6-T3S-R9E RUN N8920'39"E
6452.43 FT TO THE CL OF WEST
BOUNDARY RD, N61 18' 43"E
159.65 FT, N57"54'42"E 258.72 FT
TO CL MAX RD, S1343' 40"E61.16
FT TO CL OF COUNTY LINE RD,
S8728'08"E 1406.83 FT, S8707'20"E
1072.05 FT, S86'55'25"E 1308.84 FT
TO CL GUM RD, S0222'51"E
104.73 FT S2125'43"E 65.78 FT,
S4202'33"E 94.51 FT, S4538'39"E
68.39 FT, S41'00'17"E 67.91 FT,
S28'59'03"E 73.10 FT, S1806'15"E
62.72 FT, SI1'40'13"E 53.49 FT,
S1033'02"E 600,82 FT, SO0049'41"E
85.10 FT, S0157'05"W 265.19 FT,
S0832'00W 124.07 FT,
S1949'36"W 111.12 FT,
S2325'25"W 171.82 FT,
S0343'48"W 76.56 FT, S1425'08"E
82.93 FT,' S2523'10"E 47.15 FT,
S33'42'37"E 220.89 FT, S1213'18E
137.98 FT, S00"46'49"E 160.67 FT,
S0413'40E 46.62 FT, S23'28'33"E
111.56 FT, S31'08'16E 139.15 FT,
S14'51'49" E 89.64 FT TO CL FARR
RD, N77'29'46"E 484.03 FT,
N7921'09"E
553.18 FT, S8910'40"E 75.91 FT,
S8321'14"E 398.26 FT, S7622'41"E
187.10 FT, S7714'04"E 295.44 FT,
S8244'06"E
190.87 FT, S8313'05"E 93.38 FT,
S7118'35"E 68.42 FT, S5950'18"E
64.07 FT, S5406'51"E 230.52 FT,
S5122'33"E 72.11 FT, S4036'52"E
70.72 FT, S3538'31"E 276.08 FT,
S8927'00"E 519.78 FT, S8955'15"E
1508.54 FT, SOO"E 1765.15 FT,
S0OI49'03"W 1201.25 FT, TO CL OF
SMITH RD, N88'37'09"W 551.74 FT
.FOR THE POB, TH FROM SAID POB
S0149'03"W 1577.92 FT,
N8813'13"W 553.07, FT,
N0149'03"E 1574,07 FT TO CL OF
SMITH RD, S88'37'09"E 553.09 FT
TO POB. CONTAINING 20.01
ACRES MORE OR LESS AND
SUBJECT TO ALL RESTRICTIONS
AND EASEMENTS RECORDED IN
OFFICIAL RECORD BOOK 599
PAGES 311-328
Name in which assessed
Micheline & Toussaint Aristide
Said property being in the
County of Taylor, State of Florida.
Unless such certificate shall be
redeemed according to law, the
property described shall be sold
to the highest bidder at the
courthouse door on the 22nd
day of October, 2012 at 11:00
a.m.
Dated this 13th day of
September, 2012
Signature: Annie Mae Murphy
Clerk of Circuit Court
Taylor County, Florida

Notice is hereby give to David
Shown Booker. Unless payment is
made on 2002 Ford VIN
#1FMZU67E82UC88454. Vehicle
will be auctioned on the 15th of
October at 9:00 A.M. at Larry's
Towing.

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR
PROPOSALS
The Taylor County Board of
County Commissioners is
soliciting sealed proposals for
Taylor County Closed Landfill
Compliance Monitoring Services.
Qualified firms or individuals
desiring to provide the required
products or services must submit
five (5) packages in a sealed
envelope or similar package
marked "Sealed Proposal for
Taylor County Closed Landfill
Compliance Monitoring
Services" to the Clerk of Court,
1st Floor Courthouse, 108 North
Jefferson Street, Suite 102, Perry,
Florida 32347 or P.O. Box 620,
Perry, Florida 32348, to arrive no
later than 4:00 P.M., local time,
on October 1, 2012. All Proposals
MUST have the respondent's
name and mailing address
clearly shown on the outside of
the envelope or package when
submitted. Proposals will be
opened and respondents
announced at 6:20 P.M. local
time, or as soon thereafter as
practical, on October 1, 2012, in
the Taylor County Administrative
Complex, 201 East Green Street,
Perry, Florida 32347.
RFP information MUST be
obtained from the Clerk of
Court, 1st. Floor Courthouse, 108
North Jefferson Street, Suite 102,
Perry, Florida 32347, (850) 838-
3506. RFP Information may be
reviewed on-line at








A-8 Taco Times September 26, 2012


http://www.taylorcountygov.co
m/Bids/lndex.htm.
The County reserves the right, in
its sole and absolute discretion,
to reject any or all Proposals, to
cancel or withdraw this
solicitation at any time and
waive any Irregularities in the RFP
process. The County reserves the
right to award any contract to
the respondent which it deems
to offer the best overall service;
therefore, the County is not
bound to award any contracts)
based on the lowest quoted
price, The County, in its sole and
absolute discretion, also reserves
the right to waive any minor
defects in the process and to
accept the proposal deemed to
be in the County's best Interest,
The County, in its sole and
absolute discretion, also reserves
the right to assign a local
business preference in an
amount of five (5) percent of the
proposal price pursuant to Taylor
County ordinance No. 2003-12.
No faxed Proposals will be
accepted.
Additional Information may be
obtained from:
Taylor County Engineering
Division
201 East Green Street


Perry, FL 32347
(850) 838-3500, Ext. 4
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, Taylor
County, Florida

Daryl Hall have a lein against
Octavios Parnell Granville and
U.S. Bank of Minneapolis, MN,
55402 of $4,164.00 as of 8/22/12
on a 2003 Ford
VIN#1FAFP40443F419413 I Daryl
Hall of Hall's Tire & Muffler of
Madison, FL picked this vehicle.
up by Sheriff's Department of
Madison County order on
12/18/2011. If this bill is not paid
by 10/1/121 shall apply for Florida
Title,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRD JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR
TAYLOR COUNTY
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2011-000305CAC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
acting through the
United States Department of
Agriculture, Rural
Development, f/k/a Farmers
Home Administration,
a/k/a Rural Housing Service,


Plaintiff,
vs.
IRA JUAN BARNES; SAMANTHA
JONES BARNES A/K/A SYMANTHA
JONES BARNES; WILLIE J, BARNES
and IRENE B. BARNES, husband
and wife; CATHERINE LOVE; and
TAYLOR COUNTY BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS,
Defendants.
_____/
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Summary Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
entered on September 12, 2012,
by the above entitled Court in
the above styled cause, the
undersigned Clerk of Court or
any of his duly authorized
deputies, will sell the property
situated in TAYLOR County,
Florida, described as:
Commence at the NW Corner of
Section 35, Township 4 South,
Range 7,East, and run East along
the Center Line of Folsom Street,
1288.0 feet; Run S 00' 14'25" W,
650,87 feet; Run S 00 21'40" W,
120.0 feet, run N 89"34'20"W, 1000
feet for a Point of Beginning; Run
N 00' 21'40"E, 120,00 feet, run N
89" 34'20" W 100.00 feet, Run S 00'
21'40" W, 120.0 feet, Run S 89"
34'20" East, 100,00 feet to the


Point of Beginning.
at public outcry to the highest
and best bidder for cash on
November 13, 2012, at the front
steps of the Taylor County
Courthouse, 108 N. Jefferson
Street, Perry, FL 32347, beginning
at 11:00 A.M. subject to all ad
valorem taxes and assessments
for the real property described
above.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN
INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM
THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE
PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE
DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST
FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60)
DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
REQUESTS FOR
ACCOMMODATIONS BY
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
If you are a person with a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding,
you are entitled at no cost to
you, to the provision of certain
assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator, Columbia
County Courthouse, 173 NE
Hernando Avenue, Room 408,
Lake City, Florida 32055, (386)
719-7428, at least 7 days before
your scheduled court
appearance, or Immediately


upon receiving this notification it
the time before the scheduled
appearance is less than 7 days; If
you are hearing or voice
impaired, call 711.
Dated on 9/13, 2012.
ANNIE MAE MURPHY
Clerk of Circuit Court
P.O. Box 620
Perry, FL 32347
BY: Marti Lee DC
Deputy Clerk

BIG BEND WATER AUTHORITY is
accepting applications for
board members in the
Steinhatchee, (Taylor County)
area. Anyone Interested please
call Mark Reblin, BBWA General
Manager, at 352-498-3576,
Closing date Is Sept. 30, 2012.

Notice is hereby given:
MICHAEL WILLIAMS
Last known address of:
113 N Beverly St
Perry, Florida 32348
119 W Walnut St
Perry, Florida 32348
MONTRAY GRIFFIN
Last known address of;
919 S Warner Ave
Perry, Florida 32348


208 Second St
Perry, Florida 32348
You ore hereby notified that your
eligibility to vote is in question.
You are required to contact the
Supervisor of Elections, in Perry,
Florida, no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of this
publishing. Failure to respond will
result in a determination of
ineligibility by the Supervisor and
your name will be removed from
the statewide voter registration
system,
Published one time in the Perry
Newspaper
Dana Southerland
Taylor County Supervisor of
Elections
P Box 1060
Perry, Florida 32348

The 2012 Local Mitigation
Strategy Annual Progress Report
for Taylor County is available for
review online at
www.taylorcountygov.com and
at the following locations:
Taylor County Building & Planning
Department located at 201 East
Green Street, Perry, Florida 32347
Taylor County Public Library
located at 403 N. Washington
Street, Perry, Florida 32347.


'Dogs have week off before Walton


BULLDOGS
Continued from page 5
yards.
The Bulldogs had a total
of 237 yards of offense,
including 140 in the first
half, but were held to minus
8 rushing on 4 attempts
in. the second half while
passing for 105 yards on 17
attempts.
Wentworth continued his
.outstanding season punting
the ball, booting 5 punts for
235 yards (47'yard average).
"We have just played the


toughest four-game stretch
of schedule of anyone I
know," Smith said.
Not counting the
Bulldogs' thrilling 42-37
come-from-behind win over
defending state champion
Ocala-Trinity Catholic in
the pre-season Kickoff
Classic, the Bulldogs' first
four opponents have a
combined two losses and are
ranked in their respective
classifications.
Dixie County (3-1) is
ranked #5 in the state and
undefeated other than a 20-


19 loss to Taylor County in
the season opener.
Wakulla (4-0) is ranked
#3 in Class 5A.
Fort White (3-1) has only
one loss (37-26 to Class 5A
Wakulla).
Class 3A #2-ranked
Madison (4-0) is undefeated.
"Now the real season
begins. We have got to go
to work on Monday and
get ready for district play
and Walton in two weeks,"
Smith said.
The (1-3) Bulldogs have
an open week this Friday


night, but return to action
the following Friday with
an all-important game
against District 1-4A Walton
County, which has turned
their program around under
new head coach Jimmy Ray
Stevens with a 3-1 start to
the season after going 0-10
last year.
The Bulldogs' District
1-4A consists of: Taylor
County (1-3), East Gadsden
(3-1), Walton County (3-1)
and Marianna (4-0), which
is undefeated under new
head coach Tim Cokely.


Taylor County's Eury Holmes (2) attempts to
break free from a Madison tackler.
(PhotQ by Wayne Dunwoody)


Letters to the Editor


'If you have a color problem, get over yourself


CARTER
Continued from page 2
any reason, you are likely
to be labeled a racist. So, to
my many friends of color,
one in particular being
Ronnie Thompson (my son
Billy Jack's dearest friend,
who calls me mama and
my son and daughter call
him brother), let me say,
"I love you and I'm in no
way meaning to offend
you."
Anyway, if anyone thinks
the president's color is the
reason for his nutty thinking
and policies let me pose
this question, which one of


the two colors would you
blame? The white in him
or the black? If you have
a color problem, get over
yourself! You ain't nothing'
but a stack of bones with
some skin stretched over
them.
It doesn't matter if you're
pink with a purple tail. If
you lie, you're a liar. If you
steal, you're a thief. Your
skin color didn't lie, steal or
cheat. Martin Luther King
was hopeful that one day a
man would be judged by the
content of his character not
his skin color.
Now folks, that goes both
ways. Prejudice doesn't


look any better on a black with a little thing my two-
man than it does on a white year-old niece (at the time)
man. would say when faced with
Now, I will conclude something she didn't like or


want: "Me no likey" Well,
her old aunt is here to say,
what Obama and his cohorts
have done to our country,


and what he will do if given
another four years: "Me no
likey"
Ethelene Whitbeck


Upset over official embassy statement


EMBASSIES of lawless thugs with no
Continued from page 2 regard for life. Leaders
of nations that are wildly
Respect for religious beliefs hostile to America view
is a cornerstone of American Obama as a spineless clown.
democracy. We firmly reject He and his advisors are
the actions by those who naive and foolish. Vladimir
abuse the universal right Lenin referred to those
of free speech to hurt the persons as "useful idiots."
religious beliefs of others." Leaders of allied nations
He is more concerned for freedom and democracy
with "hurting the feelings" must be holding their breath


with hopes that Obama will t American- interests around
be replaced by Romney the globe.
who will bring a brain trust For that reason,
of foreign policy advisors November's election
that wholeheartedly support presents a clear choice
Israel's right to exist and between the degradation of
view American military America as the pre-eminent
might as a great force of force for freedom in the
power that will violently world rather than another
oppose forces of evil while version of France or Uganda.
protecting those who seek Sincerely,
freedom and protecting J. Travis Coker


"MEN









A-9 Taco Times September 26, 2012


PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENTS
TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 6,
2012
NOTICE OF ELECTION
I, Kenneth W. Detzner, Secretary
of State of the State of Floridd,
do hereby give notice that an
election will be held In each
county in Florida, on November
6, 2012, for the ratification or
rejection of proposed revisions
to the constitution of the State of
Florida.
NO. 1
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE I, SECTION 28
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: HEALTH CARE
SERVICES.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to the State
Constitution to prohibit laws or
rules from compelling any person
or employer to purchase, obtain,
or otherwise provide for health
care coverage; permit a person
or an employer to purchase
lawful health care services
directly from a health care
provider; permit a health care
provider to accept direct
payment from a person or an
employer for lawful health care
services; exempt persons,
employers, and health care
providers from penalties and
taxes for paying directly or
accepting direct payment for
lawful health care services; and
prohibit laws or rules from
abolishing the private market for
health care coverage of any
lawful health care service,
Specifies that the amendment
does not affect which health
care services a health care
provider is required to perform or
provide; affect which health
care services are permitted by
law; prohibit care provided
pursuant to general law relating
to workers' compensation;
affect laws or rules in effect as of
March 1, 2010; affect the terms
or conditions of any health care
system to the extent that those
terms and conditions do not
have the effect of punishing a
person or an employer for
paying directly for lawful health
care services or a health care
provider for accepting direct
payment from a person or an
employer for lawful health care
services; or affect any general
law passed by two-thirds vote of
the membership of each house
of the Legislature, passed after
the effective date of the
amendment, provided such law
states with specificity the public
necessity justifying the
exceptions from the provisions of
the amendment. The
amendment expressly provides
that It may not be construed to
prohibit negotiated provisions in
insurance contracts, network
agreements, or other provider
agreements contractually
limiting copayments,
coinsurance, deductibles, or
other patient charges,
Full Text:
ARTICLE 1
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
SECTION 28. Health care
services.-
(a) To preserve the freedom of
all residents of the state to
provide for their own health
care:
(1) A law or rule may not
compel, directly or indirectly,
any person or employer to
purchase, obtain, or otherwise
provide for health care
coverage.
(2) A person or an employer
may pay directly for lawful
health care services and may
not be required to pay penalties
or taxes for pavina directly for
lawful health care services. A
health care provider may
accept direct payment for
lawful health care services and
may not be required to pay
penalties or taxes for accepting
direct payment from a person or
on employer for lawful health
care services.
(b) The private market for
health care coverage of any
lawful health care service may
not be abolished by law or rule.
(c) This section does not:
(1) Affect which health bare
services a health care provider is
reaulred to perform or provide.
(2) Affect which health care
services are permitted by law.
(3) Prohibit care provided
pursuant to general law relating
to workers' compensation.
(4) Affect laws or rules In
effect as of March 1. 2010.
(5) Affect the terms or
conditions of any health care
system to the extent that those
terms and conditions do not
have the effect of ounishina a
person or an employer for
Davina directly for lawful health
care services or a health care
Provider for i....- r.lir_.lr i .ll.,l
payment from a person or an
employer for lawful health care

may not be construed to prohibit

Insurance contract, network
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a'.- r';"'i,-.'.l "].;.l .'Il. .Ilmllol.j
-MpqEvrntf, coinsurance,
dedU.ctlehse furtherr patient

i' J ... l I jI r. .il-] I, ,.

oLfthe legislature after the
effective date of thl~sectIon. If
the law states with specificity the
public necessity that lustifles ah
exceBtlon from this section.
(d) As used In.this section, the

(11 "Compel" Includes the
Imposition of Penalties or taxes,
(2) "Direct payment" or "oay
directly" means payment for
lawful health care services
without a public or private third
party, not Includina an employer,
pavina for any portion of the


service.
i(. __ H ,-. _llll _:',-l.: -1-I
means any public or private
entity whose function or purpose
s the management of,
processing of, enrollment of
individuals fror orpavment.JDntLll
or in part. for health care
services, health care data, or
health care information for Its
participants.
(4) "Lawful health care
services" means any health
related servIleQLPiUfoitmnt, an
the extent that the service ior
treatment is permitted or not


treatment is rendered, which


may be provided by persons or
businesses otherwise permitted
to offer such services.
(5) "Penalties or taxes" means
any civil or criminal penalty or
fine, tax, salary or wage
withholding or surcharge, or
named fee with a similar effect
established by law or rule by an
agency established, created, or
controlled by the government
which is used to punish or
discourage the exercise of rights
protected under this section. For
purposes of this section only, the
term "rule by an agency" may
not be construed to mean any
negotiated provision in any
insurance contract, network
agreement, or other provider
agreement contractually limiting
copavments, coinsurance,
deductibles, or other patient
charges.
NO.2
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: VETERANS DISABLED
DUE TO COMBAT INJURY;
HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX
DISCOUNT.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to Section 6 of
Article VII and the creation of
Section 32 of Article XII of the
State Constitution to expand the
availability of the property
discount on the homesteads of
veterans who became disabled
as the result of a combat injury to
include those who were not
Florida residents when they
entered the military and
schedule the amendment to
take effect January 1, 2013.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 6. Homestead
exemptions.-
(a) Every person who has the
legal or equitable title to real
estate and maintains thereon
the permanent residence of the
owner, or another legally or
naturally dependent upon the
owner, shall be exempt from
taxation thereon, except
assessments for special benefits,
up to the assessed valuation of
twenty-five thousand dollars
and, for all levies other than
school district levies, on the
assessed valuation greater than
fifty thousand dollars and up to
seventy-five thousand dollars,
upon establishment of right
thereto in the manner prescribed
by law. The real estate may be
held by legal or equitable title,
by the entireties, jointly, in
common, as a condominium, or
indirectly by stock ownership or
membership representing the
owner's or member's proprietary
interest in a corporation owning
a fee or a leasehold initially in
excess of ninety-eight years. The
exemption shall not apply with
respect to any assessment roll
until such roll is first determined to
be in compliance with the
provisions of section 4 by a state
agency designated by general
law. This exemption'is repealed
on the effective date of any
amendment to this Article which
provides for the assessment of
homestead property at less than
just value.
(b) Not more than one
exemption shall be allowed any
individual or family unit or with
respect to any residential unit.
No exemption shall exceed the
value of the real estate
assessable to the owner or, in
case of ownership through stock
or membership in a corporation,
the value of the proportion
which the interest In the
corporation bears to the
assessed value of the property.
(c) By general law and
subject to conditions specified
therein, the Legislature may
provide to renters, who are
permanent residents, ad
valorem tax relief on all ad
valorem tax levies. Such ad
valorem tax relief shall be in the
form and amount established by
general law.
(d) The legislature may, by
general law, allow counties or
municipalities, for the purpose of
their respective tax levies and
subject to the provisions of
general law, to grant an
additional homestead 'tax
exemption not exceeding fifty
thousand dollars to any person
who has the legal or equitable
title to real estate and maintains
thereon the permanent
residence of the owner and who
has attained age sixty-five and
whose household Income, as
defined by general law, does
not exceed twenty thousand
dollars. The general law must
allow counties and
municipalities to grant this
additional exemption, within the
limits prescribed in this
subsection, by ordinance
adopted In the manner
prescribed by general law, and
must provide for the periodic
adjustment of the income
limitation prescribed in this
subsection for changes in the
cost of living,
(e) Each veteran who is age
65 or older who is partially or
totally permanently disabled
shall receive a discount from the
amount of the ad valorem tax
otherwise owed on homestead
property the veteran owns and
resides In if the disability was
combat related- tho .-'otern
':: a mdont of thioc otao t tho

:oor:oo of tho United Satoc:, and
the veteran was honorably
discharged upon separation
from military service. The
discount shall be In a
percentage equal to the
percentage of the veteran's
permanent, service-connected
disability as determined by the
United States Department of


Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the
discount granted by this
subsection, an applicant must
submit to the county property
appraiser, by March 1, Fpreef-e
nealdn'oyH tWhe4tim o0tf 4ntaCring
mAt4rFy- o,4,l, an official letter
from the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs
I iiiri the percentage of the
vetoeon's service-connected
disability and such evidence
that reasonably identifies the
disability as combat related, and
a copy of the veteran's
honorable discharge, If the
property oppralser denies the
ioquost for a discount, the
appraiser musl notify the


MA I LEdL


looIRnoo of bond: b'y' tho tot8oi
.rovonuoc-n thotaro ua to
pro'.'ido matching fundc for tho
dr al .. ..l.. i ..i pr .ro.m ...i4h
tho o'oopt4ion of tho r'',onuoo:
ucod to support tho Pu'blic
Modloae l AsiOfanoo TruSt Fund or
it: :'uooo:or program and wi'th
tho orroption of tOto matohing
ftund uodI to f-undolootilv


lottery' roturnud as prizoi:

QCotatropho- und-E balanoor
oarriod foroardE from prior .fio l
yoa.R t.n.oc lioonooI foo, i and
ohargo: for ..o...ioo .impo.od by
.ooli, rog.onoI, or cohool d4trlot

from ta.o. loon1oi ..oo, and
ohargoo for oor:iooo reqiro4d to

or rFovizion 4to thio conftiuIon
9ftor July 1I I1994. An Rdrjtmont


applicant in writing of the
reasons for the denial, and the
veteran may reapply. The
Legislature may, by general law,
.waive the annual application
requirement in subsequent years.
This subsection he!" t-'k offe-
Dooo8Fmbr 7, 200, is self-
executing, and does not require
implementing legislation,
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 32. Veterans disabled
due to combat iniurv:
homestead property tax
discount.-The amendment to
subsection (e) of Section 6 of
Article VII relating to the
homestead property tax
discount for veterans who
became disabled as the result of
a combat iniurv shall take effect
January 1, 2013.
NO. 3
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 1 and 19
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: STATE GOVERNMENT
REVENUE LIMITATION.-
Ballot Summary: This proposed
amendment to the State
Constitution replaces the existing
state revenue limitation based
on Florida personal income
growth with a new state revenue
limitation based on Inflation and
population changes, Under the
amendment, state revenues, as
defined in the amendment,
collected in excess of the
revenue limitation must be
deposited Into the budget
stabilization fund until the fund
reaches its maximum balance,
and thereafter shall be used for
the support and maintenance of
public schools by reducing the
minimum financial effort
required from school districts for
participation in a state-funded
education finance program, or, if
the minimum financial effort is no
longer required, returned to the
taxpayers. The Legislature may
increase the state revenue
limitation through a bill
approved by a super majority
vote of each house of the
Legislature. The Legislature may
also submit a proposed increase
in the state revenue limitation to
the voters. The Legislature must
implement this proposed
amendment by general law. The
amendment will take effect
upon approval by the electors
and will first apply to the 2014-
2015 state fiscal year.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 1. Taxation;
appropriations; state expenses
stato revFenRui limitatlon-
(a) No tax shall be levied
except in pursuance of law, No
state ad valorem taxes shall be
levied upon real estate or
tangible personal property. All
other forms of taxation shall be
preempted to the state except
as provided by general law.
(b) Motor vehicles, boats,
airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches
and mobile homes, as defined
by law, shall be subject to a
license tax for their operation In
the amounts and for the
purposes prescribed by law, but
shall not be subject to ad
valorem taxes.
(c) No money shall be drawn
from the treasury except in
pursuance of appropriation
made by law.
(d) Provision shall be made by
law for raising sufficient revenue
to defray the expenses of the
state for each fiscal period.
(o) Eooopt a9 prov.'idGd horrin,
:oteo rovo-nuo oollootod for anyr


thi... ub .t.in for tho prior fiA. l
'oRr plu o.n 1dj utmont for
gro.th-A u.... I the:
cub9ootlon, "grow:.th" moarn an
Amount oqual to tho corotgo
annual rto of gro'th in FlorFida
Perzpnol inoomw G'OeFr the mot
rooont twenty' quErtorc timo: tho
octato rovonuo rallo'.'Ed uIndor
thi rubootioh n for thon rifor tfiral
roar.. For tho 1T5 1o6 fIoalt.
,yoar, tho tatoe rovonuoo allowed
undor thico ubooton.h for tho prior'
frnol yorr chall oqul tho toto
rovonuoo o llootod for th.o 1a99
*99) fioal yoar P1806rlrda poronal
rineomo hOll Io dotorminod by


DoparFmot of Co rmoroo'o Itc






tranforrod -to -t -budgt

poolfio 11 in Sootlon 19(g) of
..rtiolo III and thoroftor boall bo
..rofundod- "etoW anht9 'orA :
pro'v"dd b onor9l law4'.''. St.to

bcubootion for an, fIooal yoar

thordc .'oto of tho momborhip of
oaoh huco of thro lonidturo In al
coparoto bllt that oontoin: no
otpor zubjoot and that cot: forth
tho dollar amount by 'hich tho
ctto ro'.'n oc n allow .d w .ill b. o
Inoroazodi Tho voto may not bo
ta.. n. 1 -.. .on ..ovontyt.o.
hour aftoIr tho third ro+ding of
tho bill. o-or oqrpo'oo of thi:
.ubcootion, "otato rovonuoo"
moon: taosio focc, lioonnco, and
ohargo: for :orvlooc impozad by
tho logtloturo on individual,
budinocco:i or agonoioc outdido

"totao rov.'onuoo" doo f not
inoludoi:rov'onuoo wt-ht oro

roqulromontcnoBt forth in


shall provide by general law for
adjustments to the state revenue
limitation to reflect:
(1) The fiscal impact of
transfers of responsibility for the
funding of governmental
functions between the state and
other levels of government
occurring after May 6, 2011: or
(2) The fiscal Imoact of a new
federal mandate.
(f) GENERAL
LAW IMPLEMENTATION,-The
legislature shall, by general law,
prescribe procedures necessary
to administer this section,
(a) DEFINITIONS--As used in
this section, the term:
(1) "Adiustment for growth"
means an amount eaual to the
average for the previous five
years of the product of the
inflation factor and the
population factor,
(2) "Inflation factor" means an


mom










SECTION 19. State revenue
tolim taho rtionu. limitation hll to

tho tital imoqot of tronofor: ot
roponibtlihty for tho funding of
LIMITATIOnmn--Excet as provided
ot..in oo this section, tatoe r or
9l86olc of gooGrnmont. Tho
collected in any gnfscal year are
PFocoribo proooduro: noriocoar','
to odminiotor th4c :ubcaotion.
SECTION 19. State revenue
limitation.-
(a) STATE REVENUE
LIMITATION-Except as provided
in this section, state revenues
collected in any fiscal year are
limited as follows:
(1) For the 2014-2015 fiscal
year, state revenues are limited
to an amount eaual to the state
revenues collected during the
2013-2014 fiscal year multiplied
by the sum of the adjustment for
growth plus four one-hundredths.
(2) For the 2015-2016 fiscal
vear, state revenues are limited
to an amount eaual to the state,
revenue limitation for fiscal year
2014-2015 multiplied by the sum
of the adjustment for growth plus
three one-hundredths,
(31 For the 2016-2017 fiscal
year, state revenues are limited
to an amount eaual to the state
revenue limitation for fiscal year
2015-2016 multiplied by the sum
of the adjustment for growth plus
two one-hundredths.
(4) For the 2017-2018 Tiscal
year, state revenues are limited
to an amount eaual to the state
revenue limitation for fiscal year
2016-2017 multiplied by the sum
of the adjustment for growth plus
one one-hundredth,
(5) For the 2018-2019 fiscal
year and thereafter, state
revenues are limited to an
amount eaual to the state
revenue limitation for the
previous fiscal year multiplied by
the adjustment for growth.
(6) The adjustment for growth
for a fiscal year shall be
determined by March 1
preceding the fiscal year usina
the latest Information available,
Once the adjustment for growth
is determined for a fiscal year, it
may not be chanced based on
revisions to the Information used
to make the determination,
(b) REVENUES IN EXCESS OF
THE LIMITATION.-State revenues
collected in any fiscal year in
excess of the revenue limitation
shall be transferred to the
budget stabilization fund until
the fund reaches the maximum
balance specified in Section
19(a) of Article III, and thereafter
shall be used for the support and
maintenance of public schools
by reducing the minimum
financial effort required from
school districts for Darticipation in
a state-funded education
finance proaram, or, if the
minimum financial effort is no
lonaef required, returned to
taxpayers as provided by
general law.
(c) AUTHORITY OF THE
LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE
REVENUE LIMITATION.-
(1) The state revenue
limitation for any fiscal year may
be increased by a two-thirds
vote of the membership of each
house of the legislature. Unless
otherwise provided by the bill
increasing the revenue
limitation, the increased revenue
limitation enacted under this
paraaraoh shall be used to
determine the revenue limitation
for future fiscal years.
(2) The state revenue
limitation for any one fiscal year
may be Increased by a three-
fifths vote of the membership of
each house of the-legislature.
Increases to the revenue
limitation enacted under this
oaraaraph must be disregarded
when determining the revenue
limitation in subsequent fiscal
years,
(3) A bill increasing the
revenue limitation may not
contain any other subject and
must set forth the dollar amount
by which the state revenue
limitation will be increased. The
vote may not be taken less than
seventy-two hours after the third
reading in either house of the
legislature of the bill in the form
that will be presented to 'the
governor.
(d) AUTHORITY OF THE
ELECTORS TO INCREASE THE
REVENUE LIMITATION.-The
lealslature may propose an
increase in the state revenue
limitation pursuant to a
concurrent resolution enacted
by a three-fifths vote of the
membership of each house. The
proposed increase shall be
submitted to the electors at the
next general election held more
than ninety days after the
resolution is filed with the
custodian of state records.
However, the lealslature may
submit the proposed increase at
,an earlier special election held
more than ninety days after it is
filed with the custodian of state
records pursuant to a law
enacted by the affirmative vote
of three-fourths of the
membership of each house of
the legislature. The resolution
must set forth the dollar amount
by which the state revenue
limitation' will be increased,
Unless otherwise provided in the
resolution, the increased
revenue limitation shall be used
to determine the revenue
limitation for future fiscal years,
The Proposed increase shall take
effect if it is aDoroved by a vote
of at least 60 percent of the
electors voting on the matter.
(e) REVENUE LIMIT
ADJUSTMENT BY THE
LEGISLATURE.-The' lealslature


exemption is an amount equal
to 50 percent of the homestead
property's just value on January 1
of the year the homestead is
established. The additional
homestead exemption may not
exceed an amount equal to the
median just value of all
homestead property within the
county where the property at
issue is located for the calendar
year immediately preceding
January 1 of the year the
homestead is established. The
additional exemption shall apply
for the shorter of 5 years or the
year of sale of the property, The
amount of the additional
exemption shall be reduced in
each subsequent year by an
amount equal to 20 percent of
the amount of the additional
exemption received in the year
the homestead was established


mEm
amount eaual to one plus the
percent change in the calendar
year annual overage of the
Consumer Price Index. The term
"Consumer Price Index" means
the Consumer Price Index for All
Urban Consumers. U.S. city
average (not seasonally
adjusted, current base for all
items), as published by the
United States Deoartment of
Labor. In the event the index
ceases to exist, the legislature
shall determine the successor.
index by general law.
(31 "Population factor" means
an amount eaual to one plus the
percent change In population of
the state as of April 1 compared
to Aoril 1 of the prior year. For
purDoses of calculating the
annual rate of change in
DoDulation, the state's official
population estimates shall be
used.
(4) "State revenues" means
taxes, fees, licenses, fines, and
charges for services imposed by
the legislature on individuals,
businesses, or agencies outside
state government. However, the
term "state revenues" does not
include: revenues that are
necessary to meet the
requirements set forth in
documents authorizing the
issuance of bonds by the state
for bonds Issued before July 1,
2012; revenues that are used to
provide matching funds for the
federal Medicaid Droaram with
the exception of the revenues
used to support the Public
Medical Assistance Trust Fund or
its successor program and with
the exception of state matching
funds used to fund optional
expansions made after July 1,
1994: proceeds from the state
lottery returned as prizes:
receipts of the Florida Hurricane
Catastrophe Fund and Citizens
Property Insurance Corporation:
receipts of public universities and
colleges; balances carried
forward from orior fiscal years:
taxes, fees, licenses, fines, and
charges for services imposed by
local, realonal, or school district
governing bodies; or revenue
from taxes, fees, licenses, fines,
and charges for services
authorized by any amendment
or revision to this constitution
after May 6. 2011.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 32. State revenue
limitation.-The amendment to
Section 1 and the creation of
Section 19 of Article VII, revising
the state revenue limitation, and
this section take effect upon
approval by the electors and
apply beainnina in the 2014-2015
state fiscal year.
NO.4
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 4, 6
ARTICLE XII, SECTIONS 27, 32, 33
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: PROPERTY TAX
LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE
DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR
NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT
INCREASES; DELAY OF
SCHEDULED REPEAL.-
Ballot Summary:
(1) This would amend Florida
Constitution Article VII, Section 4
(Taxation; assessments) and
Section 6 (Homestead
exemptions). It also would
amend Article XII, Section 27,
and add Sections 32 and 33,
relating to the Schedule for the
amendments.
(2) In certain circumstances,
-the law requires' the assessed
value of homestead and
specified nonhomestead'
property to increase when the
just value of the property
decreases. Therefore, this
amendment provides that the
Legislature may, by general law,
provide that the assessment of
homestead and specified
nonhomestead property may
not increase if the just value of
that property is less than the just
value of the property 'on the
preceding January 1, subject to
any adjustment in the assessed
value due to changes, additions,
reductions, or improvements to
such property which are
assessed as provided for by
general law. This amendment
takes effect upon approval by
the voters. If approved at a
special election held on the
date of the 2012 presidential
preference primary, it shall
operate retroactively to January
1, 2012, or, if approved at the
2012 general election, shall take
effect January 1, 2013.
(3) This amendment reduces
from 10 percent to 5 percent the
limitation on annual changes in
assessments of nonhomestead
real property. This amendment
takes effect upon approval of
the voters. If approved at a
special election held on the
date of the 2012 presidential
preference primary, it shall
operate retroactively to January
1, 2012, or, if approved at the
2012 general election, takes
effect January 1, 2013.
(4) This amendment also
authorizes general law to
provide, subject to conditions
specified in such law, an
additional homestead
exemption to every person who
establishes the right to receive
the homestead exemption
provided in the Florida
Constitution within 1 year after
purchasing the homestead
property and who has not
owned property in the previous 3
calendar years to which the
Florida homestead exemption
applied. The additional
homestead exemption shall
apply to all levies except school
district levies. The additional


sea not affect or impair any
remaining provisions of this
subsection amendment.
(8)a. A person who eetabliesee
a now' homootoad a: of Januarn'
1, ao09, or Januar,' 1-of on',.
:ub:oquont "oar and who has
received a homestead
exemption pursuant to Section 6
of thi: Aricle as of January 1 of
either of the 2 4we years
immediately preceding the
establishment of a the new
homestead is entitled to have
the new homestead assessed at
less than just value. If4 hi revile n
I: appro'Eod in Janur,' of 2008, a

hornotood ao of JaInualnh 1.
homoctoad a:o:1od at Jc-r' than

1jut ',oluo onlyR if that poroon
roooi''od--a-homootoad
oxomption on Janunr' 1, 2007.
The assessed value of the newly


or by an amount equal to the
difference between the just
value of the property and the
assessed value of the property
determined under Article VII,
Section 4(d), whichever is
greater. Not more than one such
exemption shall be allowed per
homestead property at one
time. The additional exemption
applies to property purchased
on or ofter January 1, 2011, if
approved by the voters at a
special election held on the
date of the 2012 presidential
preference primary, or to
property purchased on or after
January 1, 2012, if approved by
the voters at the 2012 general
election. The additional
exemption is not available in the
sixth and subsequent years after
it is 'first received. The
amendment shall take effect
upon approval by the voters. If
approved at a special election
held on the date of the 2012
presidential preference primary,
it shall operate retroactively to
January 1, 2012, or, if approved
at the 2012 general election,
takes effect January 1, 2013.
(5) This amendment also
delays until 2023, the repeal,
currently scheduled to take
effect in 2019, of constitutional
amendments adopted in 2008
which limit annual assessment
increases for specified
nonhomestead real property.
This amendment delays until
2022 the submission of an
amendment proposing the
abrogation of such repeal to the
voters.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 4. Taxation;
assessments.-By general law
regulations shall be prescribed
which shall secure a just
valuation of all property for ad
valorem taxation, provided:
(a) Agricultural land, land
producing high water recharge
to Florida's aquifers, or land used
exclusively for noncommercial
recreational purposes may be
classified by general law and
assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
(b) As provided by general
law and subject to conditions,
limitations, and reasonable
definitions specified therein, land
used for conservation purposes
shall be classified by general law
and assessed solely on the basis
of character or use.
(c) Pursuant to general law
tangible personal property held
for sale as stock in trade and
livestock may be valued for
taxation at a specified
percentage of its value, may be
classified for tax purposes, or
may be exempted from
taxation,
(d) All persons entitled to a
homestead exemption under
Section 6 ef -ti .A4ole shall have
their homestead assessed et uest
'ale ac : f Janu rF,' 1 of tho ','oar
following tho ofoot9i8'o dat 8of
thio SmondmotG. Thio ao::oomont
:heall hango onl' as provided in
this subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this
subsection shall change be
ehanged annually on January 1
4M of each year.j b'-t thi
aohngc: I ..- a in ont
a. A change in an assessment
may 64ae not exceed the lower
of the following:
1.er Three percent ') of the
assessment for the prior year.
2.b.e The percent change in
the Consumer Price Index for all
urban consumers, U.S. City
Average, all items 1967=100, or a
successor index fRepee for the
preceding calendar year as
initially reported by the United
States Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
b. The legislature may provide
by general law that, except for
changes, additions, reductions,
or improvements to homestead
property assessed as provided in
paraaraDh (5). an assessment
may not increase if the lust value
of the property is less than the
lust value of the property on the
preceding January 1.
(2) An Ne assessment may not
shea exceed just value. -
(3) After a eny change of
ownership, as provided by
general law, homestead
property shall be assessed at just
value as of January 1 of the
following year, unless the
provisions of paragraph (8)
apply. Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as
provided in this subsection,
(4) New homestead property
shall be assessed at just value as
of January 1 W of the year
following the establishment of
the homestead, unless the
provisions of paragraph (8)
apply. That assessment shall eelf
change only as provided in this
subsection.
(5) Changes, additions,
reductions, or improvements to
homestead property shall be
assessed as provided for by
general law;i-- prided
However, after the adjustment
for any change, addition,
reduction, or improvement, the
property shall be assessed as
provided in this subsection.
(6) In the event of a
termination of homestead status,
the property shall be assessed as
provided by general law.
(7) The provisions of this
subsection amendmentt are
severable. If a provision eaeo
the- preiiene of this subsection is
S"mondmont, :hl t held
unconstitutional by a eey court
of competent jurisdiction, the
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established homestead shall be
determined as follows:
1. If the just value of the new
homestead Is greater than or
equal to the just value of the prior
homestead as of January 1 of
the year In which the prior
homestead was abandoned, the
assessed value of the new
homestead shall be the just value
of the new homestead minus an
amount equal to the lesser of
$500,000 or the difference
between the just value and the
assessed value of the pribr
homestead as of January 1 of
the year in which the prior
homestead was abandoned.
Thereafter, the homestead shall
be assessed as provided in this
subsection.
2. If the just value of the new
homestead is less than the just
value of the prior homestead as
of January 1 of the year in which
the prior homestead was
abandoned, the assessed value
of the new homestead shall be
equal to the just value of the new
homestead divided by the just
value of the prior homestead
and multiplied by the assessed
value of the prior homestead.
However, if the difference
between the just value of the
new homestead and the
assessed value of the new
homestead calculated pursuant
to this sub-subparagraph is
greater than $500,000, the
assessed value of the new
homestead shall be increased so
that the difference between the
just value and the assessed value
equals $500,000. Thereafter, the
homestead shall be assessed as
provided in this subsection.
Sb. By general law and subject
to conditions specified therein,
the legislature shall provide for
application of this paragraph to
property owned by more than
one person.
(e) The legislature may, by
general law, for assessment
purposes and subject to the
provisions of this subsection,
allow counties and municipalities
to authorize by ordinance that
historic property may be
assessed solely on the basis of
character or use. Such character
or use assessment shall apply
only to the jurisdiction adopting
the ordinance. The requirements
for eligible properties must be
specified by general law.
(f) A county may, in the
manner prescribed by general
law, provide for a reduction in
the assessed value of homestead
property to the extent of any
increase in the assessed value of
that property which results from
the construction or
reconstruction of the property for
the purpose of providing living
quarters for one or more natural
or adoptive grandparents or
parents of the owner of the
property or of the owner's spouse
if at least one of the
grandparents or parents for
whom the living quarters are
provided is 62 years of age or
older, Such a reduction may not
exceed the lesser of the
following:
(1) The increase in assessed
value resulting from construction
or reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total
assessed value of the property as
improved.
(g) For all levies other than
school district levies, assessments
of residential real property, as
defined by general law, which
contains nine units or fewer and
which is not subject to the
assessment limitations set forth in
subsections (a) through (d) shall
change only as provided in this
subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this
subsection shall be changed
annually on the date of
assessment provided by law.
However. l-u those changes in
assessments may she1l not
exceed 5 teR percent (4-%} of
the assessment for the prior year.
The legislature may provide by
general law that, except for
changes, additions, reductions,
or. improvements to property
assessed as provided in
paragraph (4), an assessment
may not increase if the lust value
of the oraertv is less than the lust
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provided by law.
(2) An Ne assessment may not
sheo exceed just value,
(3) After a change of
ownership or control, as defined
by general law, including any
I,. r.. .- i ownership of a legal
*I.ir, 11.i.1i owns the property,
such property shall be assessed
atf just value as of the next
assessment date. Thereafter,
sauh property shall be assessed
as provided in this subsection,
(4) Changes, additions,
reductinos, or improvements to
such property shall be assessed
as provided faor by general law,;
However, after the adjustment
for any change, addition,
reduction, or Improvement, the
properly shall be assessed as
provided In this subsection,
(h) For all levies other than
school district levies, assessments
of real property that is not
subject to the assessment
limitations set forth In subsections
(a) In.. 11 in (d) and (g) shall
change only as provided in this
subsection.
(1) Assessments subject to this
subsectlon shall be changed
annually on the date of
aesassmernt provided by law,
Howevaei..-t those changes In
atoest8inlfi maty ts tt4 not
e40Leld 6b he prce nt {l-+9) of
Ihe ssassam nt for the prior year,
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change of ownership or control,
as defined by general law,
including any change of
ownership of the legal entity that
owns the property. Thereafter,
such property shall be assessed
as provided In this subsection.
(5) Changes, additions,
reductions, or improvements to
such property shall be assessed
as provided for by general law.;
However, after the adjustment
for any change, addition,
reduction, or improvement, the
property shall be assessed as
provided in this subsection,
(1) The legislature, by general
law and subject to conditions
specified therein, may prohibit
the consideration of the
following in the determination of
the assessed value of real
property used for residential
purposes:
(1) Any change or
improvement made for the
purpose of improving the
property's resistance to wind
damage.
(2) The installation of a
renewable energy source
device.
(j)(1) The assessment of the
following working waterfront
properties shall be based upon
the current use of the property:
a. Land used predominantly
for commercial fishing purposes.
b. Land that is accessible to
the public and used for vessel
launches Into waters that are
navigable.'
c. Marinas and drystacks that
are open to the public.
d..Water-dependent marine
manufacturing facilities,
commercial fishing facilities, and
marine vessel construction and
repair facilities and their support
activities.
(2) The assessment benefit
provided by this subsection is
subject to conditions and
limitations and reasonable
definitions as specified by the
legislature by general law.
SECTION 6. Homestead
exemptions,-
(a) Every person who has the
legal or equitable title to real
estate and maintains thereon
the permanent residence of the
owner, or another legally or
naturally dependent upon the
owner, shall be exempt from
taxation thereon, except
assessments for special benefits,
up to the assessed valuation of
$25,000 t.'cnt 'fiveo thu:oRnd
dellla and, for all levies other
than school district levies, on the
assessed valuation greater than
$50.000 fify' thseuaend dolia8 and
up to $75,000 seven, fiv4e
thAu:-nd- dollars, upon
establishment of right thereto in
the manner prescribed by law.
The real estate may be held by
legal or equitable title, by the
entireties, jointly, in common, as
a condominium, or indirectly by
stock ownership or membership
representing the owner's or
member's proprietary Interest in a
corporation owning a fee or a
leasehold initially in excess of 98
nin"ty a'lg* years. The
exemption shall not apply with
respect to any assessment roll
until such roll is first determined to
be in compliance with the
provisions of Section 4 by a state
agency designated by general
law. This exemption is repealed
on the effective date of any
amendment to this Article which
provides for the assessment of
homestead property at less than
just value.
(b) Not more than one
exemption shall be allowed any
individual or family unit or with
respect to any residential unit. No
exemption shall exceed the
value of the real estate
assessable to the owner or, in
case of ownership through stock
or membership in a corporation,
the value of the proportion which
the interest in the corporation
bears to the assessed value of
the property,
(c) By general law and subject
to conditions specified therein,
the legislature may provide to
renters, who are permanent
residents, ad valorem tax relief
on all ad valorem tax levies. Such
ad valorem tax relief shall be in
the form and amount
established by general law.
(d) The legislature may, by
general law, allow counties or
municipalities, for the purpose of
their respective tax levies and
subject to the provisions of
general law, to grant an
additional homestead tax
exemption not exceeding
550.000 fift' thouoard doillo to
any person who has the legal or
equitable title to real estate and
maintains thereon the
permanent residence of the
owner and who has attained
age 665 Gty 4fe and whose
household Income, as defined
by general law, does not exceed
.20.00 twontyt4housand dollar.,
Thi- ,ii. .i. i.l law must allow
,,.,ll* .i-i.-i municipalities to
grant this additional exemption,
within the limits prescribed in this
subsection, by ordinance
adopted In the manner
prescribed by general law, and
must provide for the periodic
adjustment of the income
limitation prescribed in this
subsection for changes in the
cost of living.
(e) Each veteran who is age
65 or older who is partially or
totally permanently disabled
shall receive a discount from the
amount of the ad valorem tax
otherwise owed on homestead
property the veteran owns and
ralides in if the disability was
)mrnloblt related, the veteran was
i resident of i th sfotate at I time


off e~nlrirtn the military service of
lho United Slates, and tlhe
vetlran was honorably
diu'odhargd upon separation
forn military service, The
diScount f hloll bo in a
pertG 1aj0 equal to the
peia cnlgo of the veteran's
pieirianent, nirvice-connectled
diei obity 1 ls tr rminlad byr lth
Unit d i'fteus Depaitment ot
Vetoilnin AftiaT, To quality foi tlhe
dh isean gfrluntd by Ilis
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aflhnil io the conily I pl opotat
ppll iinio, by M cirih 1, proot of
aoairl ortiV t ( it i( lir off onterinta
million stvl I ye 11 1nO n tlr eitle
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a copy of the veteran's
honorable discharge. If the
property appraiser denies the
request for a discount, the
appraiser must notify the
applicant in writing of the
reasons for the denial, and the
veteran may reapply. The
legislature may, by general law,
waive the annual application
requirement in subsequent ye6rs.
This subsection shall take effect
December 7, 2006, is self-
executing, and does not require
Implementing legislation.
(f) As provided by general law
and subject to conditions
specified therein, every person
who establishes the right to
receive the homestead
exemption provided in
subsection (a) within 1 year after
purchasina the homestead
property and who has not
owned property in the previous 3
calendar years to which the
homestead exemption provided
in subsection (a) applied is
entitled to an additional
homestead exemption for all
levies except school district
levies. The additional exemption
is an amount eaual to 50 percent
of the homestead property's lust
value on January 1 of the year
the homestead is established,
The additional exemption may
not exceed the median lust
value of all homestead property
within the county where the
property at issue is located for
the calendar year immediately
arecedina January 1 of the year
the homestead is established.
The additional exemption shall
apoly for a period of 5 years or
until the year the property is sold.
whichever occurs first. The
amount of the additional
exemption shall be reduced in
each subsequent year by an
amount eaual to 20 percent of
the amount-of the additional
exemption received in the year
the homestead was established
or by an amount eaual to the
difference between the lust
value of the property and the
assessed value of the property
determined under Section 4(d),
whichever is greater. Not more
than one exemption provided
under this subsection shall be
allowed per homestead property
at one time, The additional
exemption applies to property
purchased on or after January 1.
2011, if this amendment is
approved at a special election
held on the date of the 2012
presidential preference primary,
or to orooertv purchased on or
after January 1, 2012, if this
amendment is approved at the
2012 general election, but the
additional exemption is not
available in the sixth and
subsequent years after it is first
received.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 27. Property tax
exemptions and limitations on
property tax assessments.-The
amendments to Sections 3, 4,
and 6 of Article VII, providing a
$25,000 exemption for tangible
personal property, providing an
additional $25,000 homestead
exemption, authorizing transfer
of the accrued benefit from the
limitations on the assessment of
homestead property, and this
section, if submitted to the
electors of this state for approval
or rejection at a special election
authorized by law to be held on
January 29, 2008, shall take
effect upon approval by the
electors and shall operate
retroactively to January 1, 2008,
or, if submitted to the electors of
this state for approval or rejection
at the next general election, shall
take effect January 1 of the year
following such general election.
The amendments to Section 4 of
Article VII creating subsections (f)
and (g) of that section, creating
a limitation on annual
assessment increases for
specified real property, shall take
effect upon approval of the
electors and shall first limit
assessments beginning January
1, 2009, if approved at a special
election held on January 29,
2008, or shall first limit assessments
beginning January 1, 2010, if
approved at the general
election held in November of
2008, Subsections g1 q and hi
{( of Section 4 of Article VII,
initially adopted as subsections
(f) and (0,1 are repealed
effective January 1, 2023 44-9;
however, the legislature shall by
joint resolution propose an
amendment abrogating the
repeal of subsections lg) {l~ and
[(hi-(, which shall be submitted
to the electors of this state for
approval or rejection at the
general election of 2022 24-8
and, If approved, shall take
effect January 1, 2023 3 -,9.
SECTION 32. Property
assessments,-This section and
the amendment of Section 4 of
Article VII addressing homestead
and specified nonhomestead
property having a declining lust
value and reducing the limit on
the maximum annual increase in
the assessed value of
nonhomestead property, if
submitted to the electors of this
state for approval or rejection at
asDpecial election authorized by
law to be held on the date of the
2012 presidential preference
primary, shall take effect upon
anoroval by the electors and
shall operate retroactively to
January 1, 2012. or, if submitted
to the electors of this state for
approval or rejection at the 2012
general election, shall take
effect January 1. 2013.
SECTION 33. Additional
homestead exemption for


owners of homestead property
who recently have not owned
homestead roperty,-This
section and the amendment to
Section 6 of Article Vil providing
for an additional homestead
exemption for owners of
homestead prooertv who have
not owned homestead property
during the 3 calendar years
immrledately preceding
purchase of the current
lamestead property, if
subrted to the electors of this
Staiato r approval or rejection at
a spinal eltctiocn authorized by
LuAcio hb hakLdon hed ate of the
2 ll si jLdentila_ preference

ii.I .I I .I i
ictte retracl[Lselv to January
12012, anc d the additional
LoiiieltJeLi eemotioin shall' be
a\ua0lable i A _Dotpertles
Pui tchasd ca or lte nuar 1


2011. or if submitted to the
electors of this state for approval
or rejection at the 2012 general
election, shall take effect
January 1, 2013, and the
additional homestead
exemption shall be available for
properties purchased on or after
January 1,2012.
NO.5
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 2, 11, AND
12
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: STATE COURTS.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing a
revision of Article V of the State
Constitution relating to the
judiciary.
The State Constitution
authorizes the Supreme Court to
adopt rules for the practice and
procedure in all courts. The
constitution further provides that
a rule of court may be repealed
by a general law enacted by a
two-thirds vote of the
membership of each house of
the Legislature. This proposed
constitutional revision eliminates
the requirement that a general
law repealing a court rule pass
by a two-thirds vote of each
house, thereby providing that the
Legislature may repeal a rule of
court by a general law approved
by a majority vote of each house
of the Legislature that expresses
the policy behind the repeal. The
court could readopt the rule in
conformity with the public policy
expressed by the Legislature, but
If the Legislature determines that
a rule has been readopted and
repeals the readopted rule, this
proposed revision prohibits the
court from further readopting the
repealed rule without the
Legislature's prior approval.
Under current law, rules of the
judicial nominating commissions
and the Judicial Qualifications
Commission may be repealed by
general law enacted by a
majority vote of the membership
of each house of the Legislature.
Under this proposed revision, a
vote to repeal those rules is
changed to repeal by general
law enacted by a majority vote
of the legislators present.
Under current law, the
Governor appoints a justice of
the Supreme Court from a list of
nominees provided by a judicial
nominating commission, and
appointments by the Governor
are not subject to confirmation,
This revision requires Senate
confirmation of a justice of the
Supreme Court before the
appointee can take office. If the
Senate votes not to confirm the
appointment, the judicial
nominating commission must
reconvene and may not
renominate any person whose
prior appointment to fill the same
vacancy was not confirmed by
the Senate. For the purpose of
confirmation, the Senate may
meet at any time. If the Senate
fails to vote on the appointment
of a justice within 90 days, the
justice will be deemed confirmed
and will take office.
The Judicial Qualifications
Commission is an independent
commission created by the State
Constitution to investigate and
prosecute before the Florida
Supreme Court alleged
misconduct by a justice or judge.
Currently under the constitution,
commission proceedings are
confidential until formal charges
are filed by the investigative
panel of the commission. Once
formal charges are filed, the
formal charges and all further
proceedings of the commission
are public. Currently, the
constitution authorizes the House
of Representatives to impeach a
justice or judge, Further, the
Speaker of the House of
Representatives may request,
and the Judicial Qualifications
Commission must make
available, all Information in the
commission's possession for use in
deciding whether to impeach a
justice or judge. This proposed
revision requires the commission
to make all of its files available to
the Speaker of the House of
Representatives but provides
that such files would remain
confidential during any
investigation by the House of
Representatives and until such
information is used in the pursuit
of an impeachment of a justice
or judge. This revision also
removes the power of the
Governor to request files of the
Judicial Qualifications
Commission to conform to a prior
constitutional change.
This revision also makes
technical and clarifying
additions and deletions relating
to the selection of chief judges of
a circuit and relating to the
Judicial Qualifications
Commission, and makes other
nonsubstantive conforming and
technical changes in the judicial
article of the constitution.
Full Text:
ARTICLE V
JUDICIARY
SECTION 2. Administration;
practice and procedure.--
(a) The supreme court shall
adopt rules for the practice and
procedure in all courts including
the time for seeking appellate
review, the administrative
supervision of all courts, the
transfer to the court having
jurisdiction of any proceeding
when the jurisdiction of another
court has been improvidently
invoked, and a requirement that
no cause shall be dismissed
because an improper remedy
has been sought. The supreme
court shall adopt rules to allow it
the-ee ut and the district courts
of appeal to submit questions


relating to military law to the
federal Court of Appeals for the
Armed Forces for an advisory
opinion. Rules of court may be
repealed by general law that
expresses the policy behind the
repeal cnatd b', tv,'o thirds
voto of tho momborship of oaoh
hours f tho logilactur. The
court may readopt the repealed
rule only in conformity with the
public Policy expressed by the
legislature, If the legislature
determines that a rule has been
readopted and reveals the
readopted rule, the rule may not
be readopted thereafter without
prior approval of the lealslature.
(b) The chief justice of the
supreme court shall be chosen
by a majority of the members of
the court; shall be the chief
administrative officer of the
judicial system; and shall have
the power to assign justices or


judges, including consenting
retired justices or judges, to
temporary duty in any court for
which the judge is qualified and
to delegate to a chief judge of a
judicial circuit the power to
assign judges for duty in that
circuit,
(c) A chief judge for each
district court of appeal shall be
chosen by a majority of the
judges thereof or, if there is no
majority, by the chief justice. The
chief judge shall be responsible
for the administrative supervision
of the court.
(d) A chief judge in each
circuit shall be chosen from
among the circuit judges as
provided by supreme court rule.
The chief judge of a circuit shall
be responsible for the
administrative supervision of the
circuit courts and county courts
in the ei circuit.
SECTION 11. Vacancies.-
(a) Whenever a vacancy
occurs in a judicial office to
which election for retention
applies, the governor shall fill the
vacancy by appointing for a
term ending on the first Tuesday
after the first Monday in January
of the year following the next
general election occurring at
least one year after the date of
appointment, one of not fewer
than three persons nor more than
six persons nominated by the
appropriate judicial nominating
commission.
(b).The governor shall fill each
vacancy on a circuit court or on
a county court, wherein the
judges are elected by a majority
vote of the electors, by
appointing for a term ending on
the first Tuesday after the first
Monday in January of the year
following the next primary and
general election occurring at
least one year after the date of
appointment, one of not fewer
than three persons nor more than
six persons nominated by the
appropriate judicial nominating
commission. An election shall be
held to fill that judicial office for
the term of the office beginning
at the end of the appointed
term.
(c) The nominations shall be
made within thirty days from the
occurrence of a vacancy unless
the period is extended by the
governor for a time not to
exceed thirty days. The governor
shall make the appointment
within sixty. days after the
nominations have been certified
to the governor.
(d) Each appointment of a
justice of the supreme court is
subject to confirmation by the
senate. The senate may sit for the
purpose of confirmation
regardless of whether the house
of representatives is in session or
not. If the senate fails to vote on
the appointment of a justice
within 90 days, the Justice shall be
deemed confirmed. If the senate
votes to not confirm the
appointment, the supreme court
judicial nominating commission
shall reconvene as though a new
vacancy had occurred but may
not renominate any person
whose prior appointment to fill
the same vacancy was not
confirmed by the senate, The
appointment of a justice is
effective upon confirmation by
the senate,
Lel(- There shall be a
separate judicial nominating
commission as provided by
general law for the supreme
court, one for each district court
of appeal, and one for each
judicial circuit for all trial courts
within the circuit. Uniform rules of
procedure shall be established
by the judicial nominating
commissions at each level of the
court system. Such rules, or any
part thereof, may be repealed
by general law enee4td by a
majorf'it,' 'oto of tho. m omb:rhip
f oaoh houA.d of tho logi6loturo,
or by the supreme court, five
justices concurring. Except for
deliberations of the judicial
nominating commissions, the
proceedings of the commissions
and their records shall be open
to the public.
SECTION 12. Discipline;
removal and retiremert.-
(a) JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS
COMMISSION.-A judicial
qualifications commission is
created.
(1) There shall be a judicial
qualifications commission vested
with jurisdiction to investigate
and recommend to the Supreme
Court of Florida the removal from
office of any justice or judge
whose conduct, during term of
office or otherwise ocureing on

without t rgardt ttho offaati'o
.dta .of tMhi- -o.ion.
demonstrates a present unfitness
to hold office, and to investigate
and recommend the discipline of
a justice or judge whose
conduct, during term of office or
otherwise oCurring acn or :ator
mbr 1. 1966 (.tout

+htk-e.i.e. warrants such
discipline. For purposes of this
section, discipline is defined as
any or all of the following:
reprimand, fine, suspension with
or without pay, or lawyer
discipline. The commission shall
have jurisdiction over justices
and judges regarding allegations
that misconduct occurred
before or during service as a
justice or judge if a complaint is
made no later than one year
following service as a justice or
judge. The commission shall have
jurisdiction regarding allegations
of incapacity during service as a
justice or judge. The commission
shall be composed of:


a. Two judges of district courts
of appeal selected by the judges
of those courts, two circuit judges
selected by the judges of the
circuit courts and two judges of
county courts selected by the
judges of those courts;
b. Four electors who reside in
the state, who are members of
the bar of Florida, and who shall
be chosen by the governing
body of the bar of Florida; and
c. Five electors who reside in
the state, who have never held
judicial office or been members
of the bar of Florida, and who
shall be appointed by the
governor.
(2) The members of the judicial
qualifications commission shall
serve staggered terms, not to
exceed six years, as prescribed
by general law. No member of
the commission except a judge
shall be eligible for state judicial


office while acting as a member
of the commission and for a
period of two years thereafter.
No member of the commission
shall hold office in a political
party or participate in any
campaign for judicial office or
hold public office; provided that
a judge may campaign for
judicial office and hold that
office. The commission shall elect
one of its members as its
chairperson.
(3) Members of the judicial
qualifications commission not
subject to impeachment shall be
subject to removal from the
commission pursuant to the
provisions of Article IV, Section 7,
Florida Constitution.
(4) The commission shall adopt
rules regulating its proceedings,
the filling of vacancies by the
appointing authorities, the
disqualification of members, the
rotation of members between
the panels, and the temporary
replacement of disqualified or
incapacitated members. The
commission's rules, or any part
thereof, may be repealed by
general law oeRnotod by a
majority' '.ftO of tho momborship
of oGoh houso of tho loglGlature,
or..by the supreme court, five
justices concurring. The
commission shall have power to
issue subpoenas, Until formal
charges against a justice or
judge are filed- by the
investigative panel with the clerk
of the supreme court of Florida all
proceedings by or before the
commission shall be confidential;
provided, however, upon a
finding of probable cause and
the filing by the investigative
panel with said clerk of such
formal charges against a justice
or judge such charges and all
further proceedings before the
commission shall be public.
(5) The commission shall have
access to all information from all
executive, legislative and judicial
agencies, including grand juries,
subject to the rules of the
commission. At any time, on
request of the speaker of the
house of representatives ef-the
geveres, the commission shall
make available to the house of
representatives all information in
the possession of the commission,
which information shall remain
confidential during any
investigation and until such
information is used in the pursuit
fo' uso in "oncidoration of
impeachment or su.pe.sien,
Feopoetively.
(b) PANELS.-The commission
shall be divided into an
Investigative panel and a
hearing panel as established by
rule of the commission. The
investigative panel is vested with
the jurisdiction to receive or
initiate complaints, conduct
investigations, dismiss
complaints, and upon a vote of
a simple majority of the panel
submit formal charges to the
hearing panel. The hearing panel
is vested with the authority to
receive and hear formal charges
from the investigative panel and
upon a. two-thirds vote of the
panel recommend to the
supreme court the removal of a
justice or judge or the involuntary
retirement of a justice or judge
for any permanent disability that
seriously interferes with the
performance of judicial duties.
Upon a simple majority vote of
the membership of the hearing
panel, the panel may
recommend to the supreme
court that the justice or judge be
subject to appropriate discipline,
(c) SUPREME COURT.-The
supreme court shall receive
recommendations from the
judicial qualifications
commission's hearing panel,
(1) The supreme court may
accept, reject, or modify in
whole or in part the findings,
conclusions, and
recommendations of the
commission and it may order that
the justice or judge be subjected
to appropriate discipline, or be
removed from office with
termination of compensation for
willful or persistent failure to
perform judicial duties or for
other conduct unbecoming a
member of the judiciary
demonstrating a present
unfitness to hold office, or be
involuntarily retired for any
permanent disability that
seriously interferes with the
performance of judicial duties,
Ivalafides, scienter or moral
turpitude on the part of a justice
or judge shall not be required for
removal from office of a justice or
judge whose conduct
demonstrates a present unfitness
to hold office. After the filing of a
formal proceeding and upon
request of the investigative
panel, the supreme court may
suspend the justice or judge from
office, with or without
compensation, pending final
determination of the inquiry,
(2) The supreme court may
award costs to the prevailing
party,
(d) REMOVAL POWER.-The
power of removal conferred by
this section shall be both
alternative and cumulative to
the power of impeachment.
(e) PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE,-
Notwithstanding any of the
foregoing provisions of this
section, if the person who is the
subject of proceedings by the
judicial qualifications commission
is a justice of the supreme court
of Florida all justices of such court
automatically shall be
disqualified to sit as justices of
such court with respect to all
proceedings therein concerning


such person and the supreme
court for such purposes shall be
composed of a panel consisting
of the seven chief judges of the
judicial circuits of the state of
Florida most senior in tenure of
judicial office as circuit judge. For
purposes of determining seniority
of such circuit judges in the event
there be judges of equal tenure
in judicial office as circuit judge
the judge or judges from the
lower numbered circuit or circuits
shall be deemed senior, In the
event any such chief circuit
judge is under investigation by
the judicial qualifications
commission or is otherwise
disqualified or unable to serve on
the panel, the next most senior
chief circuit judge or judges shall
serve in place of such
disqualified or disabled chief
circuit judge.
(f] SCHEDULE TO SECTION 12.-















(1) Except to the extent
inconsistent with the provisions of
this section, all provisions of law
and rules of court in force on the
effective date of this article shall
continue in effect until
superseded In the manner
authorized by the constitution.
(2) After this section becomes
effective and until adopted by
rule of the commission consistent
with it:
a, The commission shall be
divided, as determined by the
chairperson, into one
investigative panel and one
hearing panel to meet the
responsibilities set forth In this
section.
b. The investigative panel shall
be composed of:
1. Four judges,
2. Two members of the bar of
Florida, and
3. Three non-lawyers.
c. The hearing panel shall be
composed of:
1, Two judges,
2. Two members of the bar of
Florida, and
3. Two non-lawyers.
d. Membership on the panels
may rotate in a manner
determined by the rules of the
commission provided that no
member shall vote as a member
of the Investigative and hearing
panel on the same proceeding.
e. The commission shall hire
separate staff for each panel.
f. The members of the
commission shall serve for
staggered terms of six years.
@ Tho forms of offioo of tho
pro.ont mombocr of tho judioil.
oqua lifictions oommizlon shall
orplir upon tho offootvio dato of

approved by thc logislaturo
@rrFIR #48 F8@WIGF Aen i A .. .-..
during tho regular sossion of tho
I6lao..oturo In 996 and nRow
9 mombor shll .bo appointEd to
sor"o tho following staggorod
fewors
1, Croup I, Tho t.a. r of .fivo
mombort -oompoodoeri tGfw

a2(a)( )o. of Artlnlo onla
mombor of theo br of fPlorida a
cot forth in 8ra)(1)bn of Artlolo
VR ono judgo from tho distr ot
oourt of appEoal aend ono olroulte
rctljudgo as t forth In o. i (a1)a
of Artiolo chaI ll onpiro on
ooombor 31, Ion o3
2. Croup aII Tho torm o of io



mombory oompf the o of ono



oootor atheot forth e ine o )(1 )o
of Artiolo V two mom bord of tho




bari of F orido a soot forth in
judgo and ono county judgcour
sot forth In .I 12(a)(1)a. of Artiolo





V shall noxpirlo on nDoomori 31
299.












a Croupy of the commission shall

offers, Seleompostion of
oal eand o o county jgo
ohall o epiro on Dooombor 31,

gcJLA An appointment to fill a
vacancy of the commission shall
be for the remainder of the term,














thesupregslate ourt
hLr Selection of members by












members UND OFe BOarl be
district courts of appeal judges,
circuit judges, and county court
judges, shall be by no less than a



majority of the members voting
at the respective courts'



conferences Selection of
members by the board of
governors of the bar of Florida


shallbe by no less than a majority
of the board. .
Lk. The commission shall be
entitled to recover the costs of
investigation and prosecution, in
addition to any penalty levied by







NO.i6
the supreme court.NL
fA. The compensation of
members and referees shall be
the travel expenses or


transportation L andi per sem


allowance as provided by
amendment lw ov.es c
NO.6
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT








funds may not beoexpended for
ARTICLEn SECTION 28fhe
(Legislative)








benefits coverage that includes
Ballot Summary: This proposed
amendment provides that public
funds may not be expended for
any abortion or for health-
benefits coverage that includes

prohibition does not apply to an


suffers from a physical disorder,
physical injury, or physical illness
that would place her in danger
of death unless an abortion is
performed, or a case of rape or
incest.
This proposed amendment
provides that the State
Constitution may not be
interpreted to create broader
rights to an abortion than those
contained in the United States
Constitution, With respect to
abortion, this proposed
amendment overrules court
decisions which conclude that
the right of privacy under Article
I, Section 23 of the State
Constitution Is broader in scope
than that of the United States
Constitution,
Full Text:
ARTICLE I
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
SECTION 28. Prohibition on
pi UDc funding of abortions:
construction of abortion riahts,-
(a) Public funds may not be
e'_ erl ',_' J 1 .Iiii..i _i
Includes covered of abortion,
This subsection does not applv to:
(11 An expenditure reaqulred by


federal law:
(2) A case In whichCLwoman
suffers from a oDhVysicQldlrder,
physical Inlury. r hvsical illness,
including a life-endanaerina,
phyvscal condition caused by or
arisina from 1'.- LI -j i ,i' .- 11 II
which would, as certified b a
Physician, place the woman in
dancer of death unless an
abortion Is perforrme;_do
(3L).A pregnancy that results
fromLrape or Incest,
bbTthis constitution_ may not
haintermeted to create broader
Wilhts to an abortion than those
contained in the United States
QODstitultion.
NO. 8
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE I, SECTION 3
(Leglslative)
Ballot Title: RELIGIOUS
FRIEDOM-
Ballot Summary: IlPrponirng c i


Im
amendment to the State
Constitution providing that no
individual or entity may be
denied, on the basis of religious
identity or belief, governmental
benefits, funding or other
support, except as required by
the First Amendment to the
United States Constitution, and
deleting the prohibition against
using revenues from the public
treasury directly or indirectly In
aid of any church, sect, or
religious denomination or in aid
of any sectarian Institution,
Full Text:
ARTICLE I
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
SECTION 3. Religious
freedom.-There shall be no law
respecting the establishment of
religion or prohibiting or
penalizing the free exercise
thereof. Religious freedom shall
not justify practices inconsistent
with public morals, peace, or
safety. Except to the extent
required by the First Amendment
to the United States Constitution,
neither the government nor any
agent of the government may
deny to any individual or entity
the benefits of any program,
funding, or other support on the
basis of religious identity or belief.
clNo roonuo f thIo stat or ancy
politlool subldivilion or ogonoy
thoroof hall ovor bo talon from
tho publlo troazury dirootly or
ind.rootl' In old o. f any ohuroh.,
coot, or rolgl'ous denomination or
in aid of any cootarion institutloni
NO. 9
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: HOMESTEAD
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR
SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY
VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to the State
Constitution to authorize the
Legislature to provide by general
law ad valorem homestead
property tax relief to the surviving
spouse of a military veteran who
died from service-connected
causes while on active duty or to
the surviving spouse of a first
responder who died in the line of
duty. The amendment authorizes
the Legislature to totally exempt
or partially exempt such surviving
spouse's homestead property
from ad valorem taxation. The
amendment defines a first
responder as a law enforcement
officer, a correctional officer, a
firefighter, an emergency
medical technician, or a
paramedic. This amendment
shall take effect January 1, 2013.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 6. Homestead
exemptions.--
(a) Every person who has the
legal or equitable title to real
estate and maintains thereon
the permanent residence of the
owner, or another legally or
naturally dependent upon the
owner, shall be exempt from
taxation thereon, except
assessments for special benefits,
up to the assessed valuation of
twenty-five thousand dollars and,
for all levies other than school
district levies, on the assessed
valuation greater than fifty
thousand dollars and up to
seventy-five thousand dollars,
upon establishment of right
thereto In the manner prescribed
by law. The real estate may be
held by legal or equitable title,
by the entireties, jointly, in
common, as a condominium, or
indirectly by stock ownership or
membership representing the
owner's or member's proprietary
interest in a corporation owning
a fee or a leasehold initially In
excess of ninety-eight years. The
exemption shall not apply with
respect to any assessment roll
until such roll is first determined to
be In compliance with the
provisions of section 4 by a state
agency designated by general
law. This exemption is repealed
on the effective date of any
amendment to this Article which
provides for the assessment of
homestead property at less than
just value,
(b) Not more than one
exemption shall be allowed any
individual or family unit or with
respect to any residential unit. No
exemption shall exceed the
value of the real estate
assessable to the owner or, in
case of ownership through stock
or membership in a corporation,
the value of the proportion which
the interest In the corporation
bears to the assessed value of
the property.
(c) By general law and subject
to conditions specified therein,
the Legislature may provide to
renters, who are permanent
residents, ad valorem tax relief
on all ad valorem tax levies. Such
ad valorem tax relief shall be in
the form and amount
established by general law,
(d) The legislature may, by
general law, allow counties or
municipalities, for the purpose of *
their respective tax levies and
subject to the provisions of
general law, to grant an
additional homestead tax
exemption not exceeding fifty
thousand dollars to any person
who has the legal or equitable
title to real estate and maintains
thereon the permanent
residence of the owner and who
has attained age sixty-five and
whose household Income, as
defined by general law, does not
exceed twenty thousand dollars.
The general law must allow
counties and municipalities to


grant this additional exemption,
within the limits prescribed in this
subsection, by ordinance
adopted in the manner
prescribed by general law, and
must provide for the periodic
adjustment of the income
limitation prescribed in this
subsection for changes In the
cost of living,
(e) Each veteran who is age
65 or older who Is pallially or
totally permanently disabled
shall receive a discount from the
amount of the ad valoiem tax
otherwise owed on homestead
property the veteran owns and
resides in if the disability was
combat related, the veteran was
a resident of this state at the time
of entering the military service of
tie United States, and the
veteran was honorably
discharged upon separation
fronrr military service. The
discount shall be in a


percentage equal to the
percentage of the veteran's
permanent, service-connected
disability as determined by the
United States Department of
Veterans Affairs, To qualify for the
discount granted by this
subsection, an applicant must
submit to the county property
appraiser, by March 1, proof of
residency at the time of entering
military service, an official letter
from the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs
stating the percentage of the
veteran's service-connected
disability and such evidence that
reasonably identifies the
disability as combat related, and
a copy of the veteran's
honorable discharge. If the
property appraiser denies the
request for a discount, the
appraiser must notify the
applicant in writing of the
reasons for the denial, and the
veteran may reapply. The
Legislature may, by general law,
waive the annual application
requirement in subsequent years,
This subsection shall take effect
December 7, 2006, is self-
executing, and does not require
implementing legislation.
(f) By general law and subject
to conditions and limitations
specified therein, the Legislature
may provide ad valorem tax
relief eaual to the total amount
or a portion of the ad valorem
tax otherwise owed on
homestead property to the:
(1) Survivina spouse of a
veteran who died from service-
connected causes while on
active duty as a member of the
United States Armed Forces.
(2) Survivina spouse of a first
resoonder who died in the line of
duty.
(3) As used in this subsection
and as further defined by
general law, the term:
a. "First responder" means a
law enforcement officer, a
correctional officer, a fireflahter.
an emergency medical
technician, or a paramedic,
b. "In the line of duty" means
arising out of and in the actual
performance of duty required by
employment as a first responder,
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 32. Ad valorem tax
relief for surviving spouses of
veterans who died from service-
connected causes and first
responders who died in the line
of duty.-This section and the
amendment to Section 6 of
Article VII permitting the
legislature to provide ad valorem
tax relief to surviving spouses of
veterans who died from service-
connected causes and first
responders who died in the line
of duty shall take effect January
1,2013.
NO. 10
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 3
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: TANGIBLE PERSONAL
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to the State
Constitution to:
(1)Provide an exemption from
ad valorem taxes levied by
counties, municipalities, school
districts, and other local
governments on tangible
personal property if the assessed
value of an owner's tangible
personal property is greater than
$25,000 but less than $50,000. This
new exemption, If approved by
the voters, will take effect on
January 1, 2013, and apply to the
2013 tax roll and subsequent
tax rolls.
(2) Authorize a county or
municipality for the purpose of its
respective levy, and as provided
by general law, to provide
tangible personal property tax
exemptions by ordinance.
This is in addition to other
statewide tangible personal
property tax exemptions
provided by the Constitution and
this amendment.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 3. Taxes;
exemptions.-
(a) All property owned by a
municipality and used exclusively
by it for municipal or public
purposes shall be exempt from
taxation. A municipality, owning
property outside the
municipality, may be required by
general law to make payment to
the taxing unit in which the
property Is located. Such portions
of property as are used
predominantly for educational,
literary, scientific, religious or
charitable purposes may be
exempted by general law from
taxation.
(b) There shall be exempt from
taxation, cumulatively, to every
head of a family residing In this
state, household goods and
personal effects to the value
fixed by general law, not less
than one thousand dollars, and
to every widow or widower or
person who is blind or totally and
permanently disabled, property
to the value fixed by general law
not less than five hundred dollars.
(c) Any county or municipality
may, for the purpose of its
respective tax levy and subject
to the provisions of this
subsection and general law,
grant community and economic
development ad valorem tax
exemptions to new businesses
and expansions of existing
businesses, as defined by general
law. Such an exemption may be
granted only by ordinance of the
county or municipality, and only
after the electors of the county


or municipality voting on such
question in a referendum
authorize the county or
municipality to adopt such
ordinances. An exemption so
granted shall apply to
improvements to real property
made by or for the use of a new
business and improvements to
real property related to the
expansion of an existing business
and shall also apply to tangible
personal property of such new
business and tangible personal
property related to the
expansion of an existing business,
The amount or limits of the
amount of such exemption shall
be specified by general law. The
period of time for which such
exemption may be granted to a
new business or expansion of an
existing business shall be
determined by general law. The
authority to grant such


exemption shall expire ten years
from the date of approval by the
electors of the county or
municipality, and may be
renewable by referendum as
provided by general law,
(d) Any county or municipality
may, for the purpose of its
respective tax levy and subject
to the provisions of this
subsection and general law,
grant historic preservation ad
valorem tax exemptions to
owners of historic properties. This
exemption may be granted only
by ordinance of the county or
municipality. The amount or limits
of the amount of this exemption
and the requirements for eligible
properties must be specified by
general law. The period of time
for which this exemption may be
granted to a property owner
shall be determined by general
law.
(e)UL1 By general law and
subject to conditions specified
therein, twenty-five thousand
dollars of the assessed value of
tangible personal property Is
oubjoot to tfangiblo porconal
property ta: shall bo exempt
from ad valorem taxation.
Tangible personal property is also
exempt from ad valorem
taxation if the assessed value of
such property is greater than
twenty-five thousand dollars but
less than fifty thousand dollars.
(21 A county or municipality
may, for the purposes of its
respective tax levy, provide
additional tangible personal
property tax exemptions by
ordinance. subject to this
subsection and as provided in
general law.
(f) There shall be granted an
ad valorem tax exemption for
real property dedicated in
perpetuity for conservation
purposes, including real property
encumbered by perpetual
conservation easements or by
other perpetual conservation
protections, as defined by
general law.
(g) By general law and subject
to the conditions specified
therein, each person who
receives a homestead
exemption as provided in section
6 of this article; who was a
member of the United States
military or military reserves, the
United States Coast Guard or its
reserves, or the Florida National
Guard; and who was deployed
during the preceding calendar
year on active duty outside the
continental United States,
Alaska, or Hawaii in support of
military operations designated
by the legislature shall receive an
additional exemption equal to a
percentage of the taxable value
of his or her homestead property.
The applicable percentage shall,
be calculated as the number of
days during the preceding
calendar year the person was
deployed on active duty outside
the continental United States,
Alaska, or Hawaii in support of
military operations designated
by the legislature divided by the
number of days in that year.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 32. Tangible personal
property: ad valorem tax
exemotion--The amendment to
Section 3 of Article VII providing
that property is exempt from
tangible personal property tax if
the assessed value of such
property is greater than twenty-
five thousand dollars but less
than fifty thousand dollars shall
take effect January 1, 2013, and
applies to assessments for tax
years beainnina on or after
January 1, 2013.
NO. 11
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: ADDITIONAL
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-
INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN
LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON
PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED
VALUE.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to the State
Constitution to authorize the
Legislature, by general law and
subject to conditions set forth in
the general law, to allow
counties and municipalities to
grant an additional homestead
tax exemption equal to the
assessed value of homestead
property if the property has a just
value less than $250,000 to an
owner who has maintained
permanent residency on the
property for not less than 25
years, who has attained age 65,
and who has a low household
income as defined by general
law.
Full Text:
ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 6. Homestead
exemptions.-
(a) Every person 'who has the
legal or equitable title to real
estate and maintains thereon
the permanent residence of the
owner, or another legally or
naturally dependent upon .the
owner, shall be exempt from
taxation thereon, except
assessments for special benefits,
up to the assessed valuation of
twenty-five thousand dollars and,
for all levies other than school
district levies, on the assessed
valuation greater than fifty
thousand dollars and up .to
seventy-five thousand dollars,
upon establishment of right
thereto in the manner prescribed
by law. The real estate may be
held by legal or equitable title,
by the entireties, jointly, in
common, as a condominium, or
indirectly by stock ownership or
membership representing the


owner's or member's proprietary
interest in a corporation owning
a fee or a leasehold initially in
excess of ninety-eight years. The
exemption shall not apply with
respect to any assessment roll
until such roll is first determined to
be in compliance with the
provisions of section 4 by a state
agency designated by general
law. This exemption is repealed
on the effective date of any
amendment to this Article which
provides for the assessment of
homestead property at less than
just value.
(b) Not more than one
exemption shall be allowed any
individual or family unit or with
respect to any residential unit. No
exemption shall exceed the
value of the real estate
assessable to the owner or, in
case of ownership through stock
or membership in a corporation.


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the value of the proportion which
the interest in the corporation
bears to the assessed value of
the property.
(c) By general law and subject
to conditions specified therein,
the Legislature may provide to
renters, who are permanent
residents, ad valorem tax relief
on all ad valorem tax levies. Such
ad valorem tax relief shall be in
the form and amount
established by general law.
(d) The legislature may, by
general law, allow counties or
municipalities, for the purpose of
their respective tax levies and
subject to the provisions of
general law, to grant either or
both of the following e4
additional homestead tax
exemptions:
(1) An exemption not
exceeding fifty thousand dollars
to any person who has the legal
or equitable title to real estate
and maintains thereon the
permanent residence of the
owner and who has attained
age sixty-five and whose
household income, as defined
by general law, does not exceed
twenty thousand dollars: or.
(21 An exemption eaual to the
assessed value of the property to
any person who has the legal or
equitable title to real estate with
a lust value less than two
hundred and fifty thousand
dollars and who has maintained
thereon the permanent
residence of the owner for not
less than twenty-five years and
who has attained aae sixty-five
and whose household income
does not exceed the income
limitation prescribed in
paragraph (11.
The general law must allow
counties and municipalities to
grant these thie additional
exemptions eoxomeptn, within
the limits prescribed in this
subsection, by ordinance
adopted in the manner
prescribed by general law, and
must provide for the periodic
adjustment of the income
limitation prescribed in this
subsection for changes in the
cost of living.
(e) Each veteran who is age
65 or older who is partially or
totally permanently disabled
shall receive a discount from the
amount of the ad valorem tax
otherwise owed on homestead
property the veteran owns and
resides in if the disability was
combat related, the veteran was
a resident of this state at the time
of entering the military service of
the United States, and the
veteran was honorably
discharged upon separation
from military service. The
discount shall be in a
percentage equal to the
percentage of the veteran's
permanent, service-connected
disability as determined by the
United States Department of
Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the
discount granted by this
subsection, an applicant must
submit to the county property
appraiser, by March 1, proof of
residency at the time of entering
military service, an official letter
from the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs
stating the percentage of the
veteran's service-connected
disability and such evidence that
reasonably identifies the
disability as combat related, and
a copy of the veteran's
honorable discharge. If the
property appraiser denies the
request for a discount, the
appraiser must notify the
applicant in writing of the
reasons for the denial, and the
veteran may reapply. The
Legislature may, by general law,
waive the annual application
requirement in subsequent years.
This subsection shall take effect
December 7, 2006, is self-
executing, and does not require
implementing legislation.
NO. 12
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT


les September26, 2012





ARTICLE IX, SECTION 7
(Legislative)
Ballot Title: APPOINTMENT OF
STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO
BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.-
Ballot Summary: Proposing an
amendment to the State
Constitution to replace the
president of the Florida Student
Association with the chair of the
council of state university student
body presidents as the student
member of the Board of
Governors of the State University
System and to require that the
Board of Governors organize
such council of state university
student body presidents.
Full Text:
ARTICLE IX
EDUCATION
SECTION 7. State University
System.-
(a) PURPOSES. In order to
achieve excellence through
teaching students, advancing
research and providing public
service for the benefit of Florida's
citizens, their communities and
economies, the people hereby
establish a system of governance
for the state university system of
Florida.
(b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.
There shall be a single state
university system comprised of all
public universities. A board of
trustees shall administer each
public university and a board of
governors shall govern the state
university system.
(c) LOCAL BOARDS OF
TRUSTEES. Each local constituent
university shall be administered
by a board of trustees consisting
of thirteen members dedicated
to the purposes of the state
university system. The board of
governors shall establish the
powers and duties of the boards
of trustees. Each board of
trustees shall consist of six citizen
members appointed by the
governor and five citizen
members appointed by the
board of governors. The
appointed members shall be
confirmed by the senate and
serve staggered terms of five
years as provided by law. The
chair of the faculty senate, or the
equivalent, and the president of
the student body of the university
shall also be members.
(d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF
GOVERNORS. The board of
governors shall be a body
corporate consisting of
seventeen members. The board
shall operate, regulate, control,
and be fully responsible for the
management of the whole
university system. These
responsibilities shall include, but
not be limited to, defining the
distinctive mission of each
constituent university and its
articulation with free public
schools and community
colleges, ensuring the well-
planned coordination and
operation of the system, and
avoiding wasteful duplication of
facilities or programs. The board's
management shall be subject to
the powers of the legislature to
appropriate for the expenditure
of funds, and the board shall
account for such expenditures as
provided by law. The governor
shall appoint to the board
fourteen citizens dedicated to
the purposes of the state
university system. The appointed
members shall be confirmed by
the senate and serve staggered
terms of seven years as provided
by law. The commissioner of
education, the chair of the
advisory council of faculty
senates, or the equivalent, and
the chair of the council of
student body presidents, which
council shall be organized by the
board of governors and consist
of all the student body presidents
of the state university system
procidort of thc Florida student
o::oootion,, or tho oquiv.lont,
shall also be members of the
board.


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Voters face longest ballot in Taylor history


With 18 races, seven
judicial retentions and 11
constitutional amendments,
the 2012 General Election
ballot looks to be one of the
longest in Taylor County's
history.
"The ballot fills two 14-
inch pages," Supervisor of


MORRIS
Continued from page 1
Notable among those
he hopes to see in Perry
are his parents, Elaine and
Larry Stroud. He's quick to
remind that there's another
reason for celebration: his
mother's birthday, "over a
mullet dinner, of course," he
insists.
"I can't come back home,
though, without thinking of
Linda Maultsby and how
she encouraged me. It is
bittersweet-we became
such good friends and
always kept in touch. She
was the first person who
told me I could write,"
Morris recalls. "As my wife
reminds me, she was 'star
quality.' I've always said
she was the 'Jackie O' of
Perry."
He also showers accolades
upon Evelyn Daniel and
Estic Rollings, both former
English teachers. "Mrs.
Daniel had a big influence
on me, and to this day, I
do not look up a word in a
dictionary without thinking
of Mrs. Rollings," he said.
Praise for Morris' new
book has been widespread,
with the Washington Post
comparing him to Harper
Lee or Flannery O'Conner.
New York Times bestselling
author Pat Conroy calls
Morris "one of his favorite
Southern authors" and
describes his new book
as "reason for great
celebration...a beautifully


PILOT
Continued from page 1


Deputies from the Taylor
County Sheriff's Office
secured the scene and
assisted transporting the
group to Perry.
Deputies were also
working with the Federal
Aviation Administration
(FAA) to document


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registry
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Elections Dana Southerland
said. "It is the longest ballot
Taylor County has ever had
to my knowledge."
The General Election
will be held Nov. 6, but the
registration books close
Oct. 9, giving citizens about
two weeks to register to vote


wrought portrayal of small
town Southern life where
poverty, tragedy and human
love engage in a ritualistic
dance."
Morris remains humble
despite the praise. "I think
everybody likes that this
story was based on fact-the
strange day my grandfather
opened a shipping crate on
a dock in Apalachicola and
a long-lost relative came
climbing out."
His grandfather, Curtis
Whitfield, was a longtime
resident of Perry until his
death at the age of 101 last
year.
To further pique the
interest of local readers,
Morris-a fifth generation
Taylor County native--
admits that memories of
Hampton Springs influenced
his written description of
a similar setting contained
within "Man in the Blue
Moon."
He sees this novel as a
way to honor his grandfather
and his own Florida
heritage.
Now a resident of
Homewood, Ala., Morris is
also the author of "A Place
Called Wiregrass," "Slow
Way Home" and a novella
based on the Grammy-
nominated song, "Live Like
You Were Dying."
On Saturday, however,
all eyes will be on "Man in
the Blue Moon" and who
knows what will leap out of
that shipping crate this time
around.


the scene.
The group was headed to
Tallahassee for Saturday's
Florida State University
(FSU) game against
Clemson.
Whiddon said "bad gas"
caused the engine to fail.
He said the group planned
to rent a vehicle .and
continue to Tallahassee as
planned.


Amanda Patrick & Will Hall
October 6, 2012
Lindsey Melton & Bryan Linton
November 10, 2012
Charlotte Barbaree & Jonathan Young
November 24, 2012

Tuesday Atkins & Zack Bailey
December 29, 2012
Brooke Knight & Jordan All
February 9, 2013

Martin Brown & Jesse Young
March 2, 2013

Katie Lincoln & Rodney King
March 16, 2013


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Juliah Kinsey & Michael Strickland
Girl due O.crjA-r 12, 2012
Lori & Jeremy Cousins
Boy due October 15, 2012


Laurel & Ben LaValle
Girl due November 3, 2012
Allison Johnson & Drew Mock
BO) dut No.er'Tmbr 11, 2012


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or make a party change.
Southerland said her
office will be set up outside
Walmart this Saturday to
give residents a chance to
register to vote and make
changes to their voter status.
Sample ballots will be
mailed to every household
in the county during
the week of Oct. 15,
Southerland added.
"We encourage everyone
to keep their sample ballot,
mark it and take it with
them on election day," she
said, adding that it will take
time to read through the
entire ballot.
This year's ballot will
include nine county races,
five district races and
two judicial races. The
lengthiest portion of the
ballot, however, will be
devoted to the 11 proposed
amendments to the Florida
Constitution.
The amendments range
from healthcare and
abortion funding to a series
of proposed property tax


exemptions for designated
property owners in the state.
In Florida, proposed
amendments must receive
at least 60 percent of the
state vote to pass.
In today's edition, all 11
amendments set to appear
on the November ballot are
included in the legal section
in their entirety, including
the ballot title and summary
as well as the exact
language changes proposed
for the constitution. The
amendments can be found
on pages A-9 to A-11.
(There is no Amendment
7 as it was removed earlier
from the ballot.)
While amendments
can be added to the ballot
through petition initiatives,
all 11 amendments on
this year's ballot were
placed there by the Florida
Legislature.
The 2012 amendments
include:
Amendment 1:
The amendment would
prohibit laws or rules from


'Money stays here'


UNITED
Continued from page 1
community and your
neighbors. We step in
with our agencies to work
with community programs
to make the community
healthier and stronger."
In addition to talks and
displays from participating
agencies, community
supporters were served
breakfast, which included
sausage, eggs, grits, biscuits,
coffee and juice.
The proceeds of the event
totaled $315, which was
then given away to one of the
United Way participating
agencies through a drawing.
This year the winner was
the Taylor County Needy
School Children Fund.
The kick-off then
culminated with the
announcement of this year's
goal, with 11 Taylor County
students revealing the
$250,000 mark.
Last year's campaign,
which was chaired by Pam
Rigoni-Parker and Charlton
Knowles of Buckeye


Community Federal Credit
Union, raised $299,000.
Wentworth, Massey and
Jarvis urge the community
to become involved in this
year's campaign, reminding
them that "every dollar
raised in Taylor County
stays in Taylor County."
They also pointed to
several examples of. how
United Way participating
agencies have helped
Taylor County residents:
In 2011, 347,555 pounds
of food were distributed in
Taylor County.
Three local residents
received wheelchair
accessible ramps
constructed at their homes
through, a partnership
between Abilty 1st
and Southside Baptist
Church.
The Senior Citizens
Center provided 19,960
congregate meals at their
facility as well as 4,350
home-delivered meals.
Thirteen families
received financial aid
and assistance from the
American Red Cross.


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compelling any person
or employer to purchase,
obtain or otherwise provide
for healthcare coverage.
Amendment 2: The
amendment would create
an additional homestead
property tax exemption for
veterans who were disabled
in combat. The exemption
would be for the assessed
value between $50,000 and
$75,000.
Amendment 3: The
amendment would change;
the current limit on state
revenue based on personal
income growth with a new
one based on inflation and
population changes.
Amendment 4: The
amendment would make
multiple changes to
property tax laws, including
reducing the maximum
amount a non-homesteaded
property's assessment can
increase annually from 10
percent to five percent;
creating a temporary 50
percent exemption for new
homeowners.
Amendment 5: The
amendment would allow
the Florida Legislature to
repeal court rules with a
simple majority vote (50
percent plus one) rather
than a two-thirds vote.
Additionally, it requires that
the Florida Senate confirm
the governor's judicial
appointments to the Florida
Supreme Court.
Amendment 6: The
amendment would prohibit
public funding of abortions
and states that the Florida
Constitution cannot be
interpreted to create
broader abortion rights
than contained in the U.S.
Constitution.
Amendment 8: The


amendment would provide
that individuals and
entities cannot be denied
government benefits,
funding or other support
based on religious identity
or belief. It also removes
the prohibition against
using revenues to directly
or indirectly aid religious
organizations.
Amendment 9: The
amendment would create
an additional homestead
property tax exemption foi
the surviving spouse of a
military veteran who died
from service-connected
causes while on active duty
as well as the surviving
spouse of a first-responder
who died in the line of duty,
The exemption would be foi
the assessed value between
$50,000 and $75,000.
*Amendment 10: The
amendment would create
a new tangible personal
property ad valorem tax
exception for the assessed
value between $25,000 and
$50,000.
Amendment 11:
The amendment would
authorize cities and counties
to exempt the total value of
a homestead property foi
seniors 65 and older if the
property is valued at less
than $250,000, the ownei
has lived at the location
at least 25 years and is
considered to have low
income.
Amendment 12: The
amendment would replace
the president of the Florida
Student Association with
the chair of the council
of state university student
body presidents as the
student member of the
State University's Board of
Governors.


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speech or written communication,. ... ,:. ,',.! cognitive
functions and activities of li.' living.

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SCertified -*h.'- I -: :r, nurses
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Support groups
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orders needed. For ,o ,:' .-.l '-n- ..: contactt us.


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Book signing is


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FAA investigating the


emergency landing


De3 ^3^ COUNTY
COMMISSIONER
H^g DISTRICT 3
IMaking The Right Choice For You
Political an'.,- (- r -p:i for and approved by Jody DeVane,
Democrat for County Commissioner, District 3.
Jody DeVane
would like to invite the people of
District 3 to join us for a day of






Hot Dogs & Hamburgers for
Lunch at 12 noon

Grilled Chicken & Ribs for
Dinner at 5 pm

Entertainment will include
Singing, Music & Games for all ages!
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