City of Sarasota 2017 Legislative Priorities
At the Regular City Commission Meeting of September 6, 2016, the City Commission approved the 2017 Legislative Priorities for the City of Sarasota. These priorities will be presented by Mayor Willie Charles Shaw on behalf of the City of Sarasota at the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Hearing on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. at the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236.
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX AND LOCAL BUSINESS TAX PROTECTION:
SUPPORT: Legislation that protects general revenues collected from the communications services tax and the local business tax.
FUNDING FOR HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS/ MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES/ SOBER HOMES:
SUPPORT: State funding for local homelessness programs, housing for the homeless, as well as the aid groups and statewide agencies that oversee them.
Support the expansion of Miami Dade’s Homeless and Domestic Violence Tax for all counties and municipalities as it pertains to authorization and uses in Chapter 212.0306 Local option food and beverage tax; procedure for levying; authorized uses; administration of the Florida Statutes.
Support legislation that plans and adequately funds basic mental health facilities and programs in Florida including additional psychiatric beds.
Support legislation that defines and establishes minimum regulatory standards for sober home facilities and allows for more stringent local regulations of these facilities.
Support a public records exemption for “individual identifying information” contained in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
RED LIGHT CAMERAS:
OPPOSE: Legislation that would repeal local governmental authority to enable the use of red light cameras.
SUPPORT: Legislation that preserves local control of transportation planning, provides equitable transportation funding among municipalities and counties, and provides opportunities for additional revenue options for municipal transportation infrastructure projects.
SUPPORT: Funding for the extension of The Legacy Trail through public/private partnerships and/or Florida Department of Transportation and the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network.
The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is pleased to provide the 2017 Legislative Priorities, a brochure, and an informational card with regards to the key legislative priorities identified by the City Commission.
To view the complete Legislative Priorities document, please click here:
To view copies of the brochure and informational card, please click on the below images.