BRADENTON, Fla. - The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission on Thursday gave final approval to a plan that would eliminate property taxes the state requires public schools to levy and allow the state sales tax to increase one cent to make up for some of the lost school funding.

The commission had given preliminary approval to the controversial proposed constitutional amendment last month by a vote of 21 to 4. But a final vote of 18 to 7 last week placed it on the November election ballot. It must pass by 60% of the vote.

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