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Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.SKIP O’ROURKE | Times (2005)

Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress

In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned. When I walked the streets of this city, knocking on thousands of doors, meeting many of you on the steps of your home, I heard your  …