JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the proposed constitutional amendments Florida voters will decide next month would put a cap on state spending.
Amendment 3 would prohibit Florida's budget from increasing more than the annual growth of population and inflation rate.
Those opposed to the amendment argue the proposal would result in budget cuts for education and public safety, as well as reduce services for children, seniors and the middle class.
"Amendment 3 will put at risk services for school children, families and seniors," said Mark Treglio, 2nd Vice President/Director of Public Relations for the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters.
Treglio and others stated their opposition to the amendment at a news conference Tuesday, saying that measures similar to those proposed in Amendment 3 were adopted in Colorado and hurt that state's education system and public safety infrastructure.
Jim Tolley, government relations director for the Florida Professional Firefighters, said the amendment would hurt local budgets and do nothing to fix the state's budget. Tolley said local governments should decide how taxes are collected.
"Those taxes pay for the services that could save a loved one's life," said Nelson Cuba, president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Angela DeMonbreun represented the local branch of the League of Women Voters, which opposes all 11 amendments on the ballot in Florida.
"This rigid formula to control taxation comes straight from the Florida legislature," she said.