Amendment 4 Results By County – Florida Primary, 8/30/2016

Amendment 4 Florida Election Results by County

The results are in, and it’s great news for the solar energy industry in Florida. Amendment 4 passed in the August 30, 2016 Florida Primary Election with well over the 60% vote required. Over 2.7 Florida voters cast a ballot for the Amendment, with almost 2 million voting to approve. In total, 72.6% of the voters supported the initiative that made it onto the ballot with unanimous legislative approval.

Amendment 4 will allow the legislature to exempt residential and commercial solar energy equipment from property assessments for 20 years. While residential property owners have enjoyed this exemption already, this is seen as a big boost to the industry. The amendment also allows the legislature to eliminate the tangible property tax on the same equipment.

This move is largely tax neutral, because the state and county governments are collecting essentially no tax now. The solar energy industry supported this amendment as a job creator and economic win for Florida.

We break down the county-by-county vote below.

Heat Map of County Votes for Amendment 4

Florida Amendment 4 Results, August 30, 2016 Primary By County
Florida Amendment 4 Results, August 30, 2016 Primary By County

The county with the highest YES vote was Monroe County with 80.86%. The county with the lowest YES vote was Desoto with 45.06%. Only 7 of Florida’s 67 counties failed to reach the 60% threshold. These counties were Desoto, Lafayette, Jefferson, Liberty, Taylor, Hendry, and Dixie Counties. These counties represented less than 1% of the 2.7 million people that voted on Amendment 4.

Editorial Note: It’s important to note that located in DeSoto County is Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) Next Generation Solar Energy Center, a utility owned Photovoltaic power station in Arcadia, FL.  FPL is against distributed customer owned solar generation.

In short, the entire state largely supported the measure with little opposition, sending the initiative’s backers to an easy win.

Table: County-by-County Results for Amendment 4

County Yes No PercentageYes
Alachua 28,561 10,967 72.26%
Baker 3,247 1,843 63.79%
Bay 23,252 10,199 69.51%
Bradford 3,905 2,181 64.16%
Brevard 67,434 25,799 72.33%
Broward 122,287 37,879 76.35%
Calhoun 2,283 1,315 63.45%
Charlotte 20,895 8,607 70.83%
Citrus 21,709 11,689 65.00%
Clay 28,004 12,213 69.63%
Collier 41,313 16,805 71.08%
Columbia 7,866 4,167 65.37%
Desoto 2,190 2,670 45.06%
Dixie 1,689 1,128 59.96%
Duval 111,154 45,211 71.09%
Escambia 35,573 16,892 67.80%
Flagler 13,516 5,847 69.80%
Franklin 2,303 985 70.04%
Gadsden 7,258 4,069 64.08%
Gilchrist 2,131 1,292 62.26%
Glades 1,186 636 65.09%
Gulf 2,381 1,348 63.85%
Hamilton 1,920 1,159 62.36%
Hardee 1,978 1,020 65.98%
Hendry 2,526 1,777 58.70%
Hernando 20,887 7,467 73.67%
Highlands 11,613 5,163 69.22%
Hillsborough 99,651 33,178 75.02%
Holmes 3,172 1,833 63.38%
Indian River 20,991 9,285 69.33%
Jackson 6,881 4,263 61.75%
Jefferson 2,861 2,050 58.26%
Lafayette 1,167 870 57.29%
Lake 35,402 14,110 71.50%
Lee 77,571 30,195 71.98%
Leon 42,762 17,242 71.27%
Levy 4,976 2,716 64.69%
Liberty 1,381 982 58.44%
Madison 2,564 1,630 61.13%
Manatee 40,686 15,213 72.78%
Marion 39,008 17,714 68.77%
Martin 24,368 9,250 72.48%
Miami-Dade 168,653 58,585 74.22%
Monroe 12,939 3,063 80.86%
Nassau 13,647 6,165 68.88%
Okaloosa 23,818 11,493 67.45%
Okeechobee 3,169 1,762 64.27%
Orange 90,137 31,060 74.37%
Osceola 25,996 9,212 73.84%
Palm Beach 114,677 34,804 76.72%
Pasco 44,985 13,207 77.30%
Pinellas 133,186 34,723 79.32%
Polk 50,301 19,857 71.70%
Putnam 8,228 4,361 65.36%
Santa Rosa 20,128 10,910 64.85%
Sarasota 55,508 17,576 75.95%
Seminole 44,974 15,373 74.53%
St. Johns 27,601 10,762 71.95%
St. Lucie 30,976 14,874 67.56%
Sumter 20,065 8,495 70.26%
Suwannee 5,529 3,010 64.75%
Taylor 2,757 1,950 58.57%
Union 1,442 775 65.04%
Volusia 63,046 22,493 73.70%
Wakulla 6,334 2,858 68.91%
Walton 8,736 3,790 69.74%
Washington 3,947 2,167 64.56%

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Florida Solar Design Group’s Video Supporting Amendment 4

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