City of Sarasota 2018 Legislative Priorities
At the Regular City Commission Meeting of August 21, 2017, the City Commission approved the 2018 Legislative Priorities for the City of Sarasota. These priorities will be presented by Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie on behalf of the City of Sarasota at the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 2017 from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. at the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236.
SUPPORT: Broad exercise of home rule powers granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution and support consistency in the Legislature with the provisions of Section 166.021, Florida Statutes.
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.
SUPPORT: Legislation which allows local counties and municipalities to establish zoning criteria for medical marijuana treatment centers (dispensaries), specifically as it relates to separation requirements from other dispensing centers, proximity to neighborhoods, schools , childcare facilities and hospitals, parking requirements, hours of operation, setback requirements, etc.
OPPOSE: Proposed 2018 increase to the homestead exemption, which is estimated to cost millions to local counties and muncipalities, forcing them to strongly consider raising impact fees and millage rates to pay for basic services such as parks, infrastructure and public safety.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
The following State Legislators are scheduled to appear before the City Commission at upcoming meetings to present a 2017 legislative session wrap-up:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.:
Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.:
The Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is pleased to provide the 2018 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.