‘Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for. ‘

Will Rogers – US humorist & showman (1879 – 1935)

I speak to all AAF members this month in utter amazement and astonishment! There are some things that never cease to baffle me but this is one of the all time record breakers.

Way back in 1988, a special legislative (smoke filled) back room meeting was held to develop an emergency source of revenue for depleted state coffers. In that meeting several money streams were targeted as the financial solution for government woes. Among those items was a tax levied on monitoring for alarm systems.

Think about that. Our industry was targeted and everyone was outraged. We protested, wrote letters and complained to our state officials but to no avail. And since then there have been dozens of alarm dealers throughout the state during the last twenty-five years that have been state audited on sales tax and many were unfairly singled out for fines based upon vague interpretations of this careless law.

For years we have sought a solution to fight this problem. Now along comes our good friend Senator Jeremy Ring and he files Senate Bill 500 to REMOVE this ‘ham-handed’ tax from our overburdened citizens. We of course are eternally grateful and wish to support this bill and push it through.

I announced this with great enthusiasm last month and asked for AAF members to PLEASE contribute to the Florida AlarmPac to support this cause. I expected the office staff to be over whelmed with incoming contributions to this effort from our outraged dealers. Brother was I wrong!

So far here is the total amount collected to support removal of state sales tax from ALL ALARM MONITORING…$00.00 dollars and 00/00 cents.

If you folks do not care about this issue then don’t expect this bill to pass. If additionally you want our Tallahassee representation discontinued, then let me know now because it is obvious there is NO support for legislative effort at the moment. This is truly sad because the AAF has been the lone voice in this state to represent our industry to state government for the last 15 years.

If you find it in your heart to help PLEASE send your contribution large or small to the AAF office right away. Remember the AAF is your ONLY Florida legislative voice. Do NOT wait for others and DO this today! Also remember…you have been told.

 

Bob Neely

Executive Director

Alarm Association of Florida