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The Duval County Property Appraiser is cracking down on homestead exemption fraud. 

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The Florida Legislature is considering allowing voters to decide if they want an additional property tax break by increasing the homestead exemption.

The Jacksonville City Council passed a resolution Tuesday, 18-1, urging state lawmakers who represent Jacksonville to oppose the idea. Councilman Reggie Brown voted against the measure.

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The Duval Property Appraiser is asking for help cracking down on homestead-exemption fraud.

Homeowners can claim the exemption for their primary residence, and fraud occurs when people claim it on more than one property.  

 


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Jacksonville homeowners will soon receive postcards alerting them their property-tax homestead exemptions are being renewed.

Homeowners in Florida can claim the homestead tax exemption for their primary residence.

 


Most Florida counties are reporting a smooth and steady early voting and absentee turnout so far.

According to Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland, more than a million Floridians have voted ahead of the November 4th general election. He also heads the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections.

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Two races from Tuesday night’s election are still too close to call.

Election officials expect to conduct recounts in those tight races,  the Florida House District 15 contest between Republicans Jay Fant and Paul Renner and Duval County School Board District 2, which would determine whether Sam Hall or Theresa Graham will head into a runoff election with Scott Shine.

“Recounts are rare,” said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland. “ We’ve only done one in the last nine years. This is the first time we’ve had two at the same time.”

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voter registrations practices. But in Florida and Duval County, voting  among minorities remains disturbingly low, say a group of local leaders and activists.

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Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says he's hopeful the Jacksonville City Council will vote to move a local elections center out of the Gateway Shopping Center to Imeson Park Boulevard on the city's Northside. 

The full Council decides the matter next week, after a committee voted Tuesday 5-4 to approve a 10-year lease for the former Sears Catalog Center off North Main Street.

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The long fought political battle over where the Duval Supervisor of Election's Warehouse will be located continued Monday at the Jacksonville City Council. The Rules Committee voted to approve a ten-year lease at the One Imeson location off Main Street a little north of the zoo.

The future of the Supervisor of Elections Office is still up in the air.