TAX VOTE DELAYED
citrus officials on Wednesday (June 21) delayed voting on a controversial tax
hike citrus growers would have had to pay to fund advertising for juice oranges
and fresh and to-be-processed grapefruit. The delay was caused by grower opposition
and uncertainty over crop yields and future sales.
group may vote next month when updated crop estimates become available. In May,
the state had proposed taxes on a 90-pound box of oranges for processing to rise
from 18.5 cents to 25 cents. The tax on a box of fresh grapefruit would go from
25 cents to 40 cents and processed grapefruit taxes would be lifted from 24 cents
to 40 cents.
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