Staff recommends approval of the Resolution urging members of the Florida Legislature to support the Florida League of Cities issues during the 2007 Legislative session.
The Florida League of Cities Board of Directors adopted an initiative to enhance the Legislature’s awareness of the League’s priority issues. The key priority issues were adopted by the League membership at their recent Legislative Conference and address:
Charter County Relations
Property Tax Reform
Once the Resolution has been approved, staff will forward copies to the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and each city’s legislators.
1. Approval of staff recommendation; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
Fiscal Impact: None.
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, URGING MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING ISSUES DURING THE 2007 LEGISLATIVE SESSION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
WHEREAS, municipal self-determination and local self-government are constantly under attack from a variety of public and private interests; and
WHEREAS, numerous counties have recently proposed revisions to their charters that would adversely impact the Home-Rule powers of municipalities within those counties; and
WHEREAS, a majority of Florida’s municipalities have experienced negative impacts to infrastructure, housing stock and employment base from a series of natural disasters; higher than expected increases in the cost of building products; double-digit increases in the cost of property insurance; and inequities in the existing property-tax system; and
WHEREAS, Florida’s continuing population increase has presented a challenge to cities struggling to meet the infrastructure needs required to accommodate new growth and development without an infrastructure revenue source dedicated to municipalities; and
WHEREAS, various proposed revisions to the property-tax system would have substantial adverse impacts for all municipalities in Florida should they be adopted; and
WHEREAS, Florida’s municipalities are dependent on other governmental entities for financial stability and under the current system the state, counties, and school districts, control all funding sources authorized for implementing capital improvements and complying with concurrency requirements; and
WHEREAS, Gov. Charlie Crist and Florida’s House and Senate leaders have an opportunity to address the unique concerns of municipalities during the upcoming 2007 legislative session.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG:
THAT the City of Leesburg urges Gov. Charlie Crist and members of the Florida Legislature to support legislation during the 2007 legislative session that:
· Restores and maintains municipal Home-Rule authority for municipalities located within charter counties;
· Supports a tax structure that is fair and equitable, and is competitively neutral and allows municipalities the flexibility to provide adequate services in their communities.
· Preserves the dedicated documentary stamp fees as a funding source for the State and Local Government Housing Trust Fund (Sadowski Trust Fund), eliminates the cap placed on fund distribution, and prohibits any of these trust fund dollars from being diverted to the General Revenue Fund.
· Provides a comprehensive and uniform workers’ compensation system for all municipal employees, regardless of employee classification, at a reasonable cost to employers.
· Provides a dedicated and recurring source of revenue, including municipal local-option fuel taxes, rental-car surcharges, or other taxes or fees, for municipalities to fund transportation projects such as TRIP, urban arterial and other projects. Furthermore, the existing distribution formula for local-option transportation taxes imposed by a county should be revised to allow for a more equitable distribution to municipalities and provides for indexing of local-option fuel taxes.
· Requires legislative authorization prior to the Florida Department of Transportation removing or delaying any project that is contained in the FDOT Five-Year Work Plan.
· Preserves municipal authority to franchise cable and video services.
THAT a copy of this resolution shall be provided to Gov. Charlie Crist, Senate President Ken Pruitt, House of Representatives Speaker Marco Rubio and members of the Florida Legislature.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City of Leesburg, this 12th day of February, 2007.