Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday said he is asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration in all 67 counties, as massive Hurricane Ian pounded the Gulf Coast and was poised to move across the state.

Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Executive Order Extending Property Tax Deadline For Communities Impacted By Hurricane Ian

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday said he is asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration in all 67 counties, as massive Hurricane Ian pounded the Gulf Coast and was poised to move across the state.

On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order (EO) 22-242 to suspend deadlines for payment of property taxes in counties that have been impacted by Hurricane Ian.

The EO extends to real property including personal homes and commercial property that was destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable.

“Floridians who have lost their homes and businesses because of Hurricane Ian shouldn’t have to now worry about their property taxes,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Through this Executive Order, we are providing temporary relief until we can get the Legislature back to Tallahassee to establish more permanent solutions for property taxes, provide additional economic relief to Southwest Florida, and implement necessary reforms to the property insurance market. I look forward to working with our legislators to find innovative solutions and I am glad we have a legislature that’s ready and willing to address these issues soon,” DeSantis added.

Counties included in the order are Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia.

The Governor also announced that he is working with the Legislature to call a Special Session in December to address property tax obligations and provide needed economic relief for Southwest Florida residents.

Additionally, the Special Session will address solutions to stabilize Florida’s property insurance market that will introduce more competition and policies that will lower prices for consumers.

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