The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its support for three proposed Florida Constitutional Amendments and endorsed the ballot initiative calling for the appointment of the Superintendent of Schools in Escambia County.
“Our board considered these issues carefully and concluded that passage of these proposals will have a positive impact on the business environment in Escambia County,” stated Chamber Board Chairman Steve Moorhead. “We wholeheartedly support these initiatives and encourage the business community to vote for them in November.”
The Greater Pensacola Chamber Board endorsed the following proposals:
Amendment 2: Makes permanent the cap of 10 percent on annual non-homestead parcel assessment increases set to expire on January 1, 2019. The cap does not apply to school district taxes. Properties considered non-homestead parcels include non-homestead residential properties, such as second homes and rental apartments, and nonresidential property, such as commercial property and vacant land.
Amendment 7: Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fee increases, and adds the state college system structure to the constitution.
Amendment 9: Bans offshore drilling for oil and natural gas on lands beneath all state waters and bans the use of vapor-generating electronic devices in enclosed indoor workplaces.
Escambia County School District Referendum: Shall the Superintendent of Schools of Escambia County, Florida be appointed by the School Board of Escambia County, Florida?
In endorsing the Escambia County School District Referendum, the Chamber Board of Directors acknowledges that school district faces challenges which significantly impact the business community from the standpoint of attracting new industry as well as providing a qualified workforce for local businesses. The Chamber Board’s members believe that a nationwide search to select the most qualified person to lead the school district, would provide the best results.