All four ballot initiatives endorsed Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were approved by the voters on Election Day. The Chamber Board had previously announced their support for the three Florida Constitutional Amendments and one local ballot initiative.
“We are pleased to see these initiatives approved by the voters,” stated Chamber Board Chairman Steve Moorhead. “The passage of these initiatives will help our local business climate, protect our military missions as well as support the education initiatives needed to supply the workforce of the future.”
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: The passage of this referendum will now allow the Escambia County School Board to appoint future superintendents of schools.