**GILLUM FACTS** Andrew Gillum Wants to Impose more than $1 Billion in Taxes on Hardworking Florida Families

DAVIE, FL- Andrew Gillum has never met a tax or fee increase he didn’t like. Now he wants to increase taxes on hardworking Florida families by more than $1 billion dollars.

PolitiFact: “Mostly True” that Andrew Gillum "wants to increase Florida taxes by a billion dollars." A TV attack ad portrays Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum as so "far out" that he is on another planet. "Gillum wants to increase Florida taxes by a billion dollars. Disaster for the economy," says an ad by the Republican Governors Association showing Gillum’s headshot floating in space. (Amy Sherman, $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax, PolitiFact, 9/24/18)

Wall Street Journal Opinions: A Left Turn Means a Florida Income Tax. “The 34% of Democrats who voted for Mr. Gillum in the Democratic primary aren’t likely to be enthusiastic supporters of his agenda. Mr. Galston alludes to turnout. As a member of my county’s Republican executive committee, I know the numbers. The counties of Lee and Collier on the Gulf Coast negated Hillary Clinton’s vote advantage in Miami by turning out almost every Republican registered voter versus a 40% or 50% turnout of Democrats in Miami. It is all about enthusiasm, and I know few in the Sunshine State who want to start paying a state income tax. - Gerard Fischer”  (Opinions, A Left Turn Means a Florida Income Tax, Wall Street Journal, 9/18/18)

In 2009, Gillum Voted for a 15 Percent Property Tax Hike.  “Gillum hasn't gone without public criticism. In 2009, he and other city commissioners approved a 15 percent property-tax hike, which angered some residents who said the commission wasn't being sensitive to the hardships of residents and businesses during the economic downturn.” (TaMaryn Waters, “Andrew Gillum: 'Someone to watch' in politics,” Tallahassee Democrat, 2/26/11)

In 2015, Gillum Voted for a 13 Percent Property Tax Hike of $6.3 Million. “After three months of grueling and sometimes acrimonious deliberation, city commissioners approved a $706-million budget and a 13-percent property tax increase Thursday evening. In 4-to-1 votes, commissioners put an end to one of the most divisive budget seasons in years. Mayor Andrew Gillum said commissioners have deferred the city's need for more revenue for several years. ‘We’ve given (staff members) instruction, ‘Not now, we cannot do it, the public is still suffering, we cannot tolerate an increase,’’ he said. ‘Now, it’s reckoning time.’ The city may need to consider changing the services it provides, Gillum added. The new property-tax rate will generate an extra $6.3 million in revenue next year…” (Sean Rossman, “City approves 13-percent property-tax hike,” Tallahassee Democrat, 9/24/2015)

In 2016, Gillum Voted Against Decreasing the Property Tax Rate. “The Tallahassee City Commission cut the city's property tax rate by 2.3 percent and opted to eliminate the Business License Tax at its final budget workshop on Wednesday. The commission voted 3-2 to cut the property tax rate, which will spare taxpayers $1 million. For a house that costs the median home value of $154,600, including a $50,000 homestead exemption, the average annual savings would be $13.75. Commissioner Nancy Miller and Mayor Andrew Gillum both said they were committed to last year's decision to raise property taxes. Miller said the cut would impact spending on maintenance sought by residents. Gillum said he didn't want the commission to find out in a few years it made a mistake and be forced to ask for an increase in property taxes.” (Sean Rossman, “City decreases property tax rate,” Tallahassee Democrat, 7/13/2016)


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