Vote NO on 4

Posted on October 06, 2010

Make no mistake about it…although the company I work for makes it clear that I appear to be apolitical, I actually have very strong, varying opinions on many issues. I understand completely the reason behind the policy, and I respect it. As an example last year an agent in my office lost out on a listing because of the bumper sticker on her car. To me, regardless of ones political affiliation…it has nothing to do with their ability to sell houses. In this case, she happens to be a super agent…and that seller missed out on working with a true professional.
With that being said, I think it is safe to share my opinion about Amendment 4 without making any enemies, or breaking any company rules…Also, because this has to do with land-use and development, I believe that with 29 years of experience selling real estate in Florida,  people just might look to me for my opinion. I know myself, when there is something on the ballot that I don’t completely understand the ramifications of, I turn to professionals that I respect for their input.
I have read BOTH sides of this issue. Just Google Amendment 4 Florida 2010 and you, too, can read up on the pros and cons.
Here are my reason for voting NO on Amendment 4:
Amendment 4 is a “vote on everything” amendment. Imagine everyday citizens, with no knowledge of certain technical issues such as zoning and comprehensive land-use plans, voting on propositions and making decisions which could have a devastating impact on our state’s economy. Tax increases for homeowners, significant job loss, fewer services, and an overall weaker economy. The amendment actually states that it is impossible to estimate costs. Do we really want to vote yes on something that cannot give us an exact cost? Aren’t our taxes high enough? This has the ability to impact restaurants, schools–potentially every business and family in the state. 
I urge you to read up on both sides of this important amendment. Please let me know what your opinion is as well. I am interested in hearing from you  about either side! Thank you, and make it a great day!
The Naples Real Estate Blogger