Gov. Charlie Crist has signed an executive order aimed at helping homeowners and businesses affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill seek compensation from BP.
Crist acted today, a day after the Florida House adjourned a special session without voting on his request for a ballot proposal to ban offshore drilling in state waters.
Crist ordered property appraisers in 26 affected counties to provide taxpayers with unofficial assessments showing how much their property has been devalued by the spill.
Taxpayers can use that information to seek rebates from BP for the difference between actual tax bills, which are based on Jan. 1 assessments, and what they would have been using lower post-spill values.