TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist entered the legislative fray over cutting property taxes Wednesday, rolling out an ambitious plan that would provide billions of dollars in taxpayer savings and local government cuts.
Crist's plan -- released with lawmakers at a testy impasse -- rivals an ambitious House plan with its estimated $33.5 billion savings over five years.
But, like the Senate's plan, it does not include a controversial plan to eliminate property taxes on residents' primary homes and raise the state's 6 percent sales tax.
Cutting property taxes is the biggest issue of this year's session after several years of often double-digit tax increases. A spokeswoman declined to say whether Crist opposes a sales-tax hike -- a key issue in negotiations.