State Legislative Agenda

Here you can find the City of Largo officially adopted state legislative agenda. Visit this page for the officially adopted federal legislative agenda for the City. For questions, please contact Largo's Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator at CReed@largo.com.

COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREAS

Community Redevelopment Areas
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation to improve local governmentuse of community redevelopment agencies to effectively carry out redevelopment and community revitalization in accordance with Home Rule. Additionally, the City will SUPPORT more transparency, ethics training, reporting and accountability and, will OPPOSE legislative efforts to phase out CRAs; prohibit the creation of new CRAs; cap administrative spending at 18 percent; prohibit expenditures on festivals, street parties, grants to promote tourism and grantsto socially beneficial programs; change CRA board composition by requiring the appointment of non-elected members; restrict local government’s ability to fund activities other than affordable housing (e.g. economic development activities) or restrict local government’s ability to utilize tax incrementing financing.

Affordable Housing

State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP)
The City of Largo will SUPPORT full funding of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) and, will OPPOSE the sweeping of the State and Local Housing Trust Fund in order to meet other State needs and priorities.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Transportation Funding
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation that preserves local governmentcontrol of transportation planning, provides for an equitable transportation funding formula between municipalities and counties, and provides for additional dedicated revenue options for municipal transportation infrastructure and transit projects.
Regional Transportation
The City will SUPPORT regional transportation coordination and funding, specifically related to FDOT District 7 as well as legislative priorities of Forward Pinellas, PSTA and TBARTA,including the Regional Transit Feasibility Catalyst Project. The City will WATCH and seeks to SUPPORTproposed legislation that allows for the creation of a Florida Smart City Grant Program within the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Local Option Fuel Tax
The City will SUPPORT the indexing of the local option fuel tax to inflation so as to allow fuel tax revenues to be adjusted in the event that costs for materials and services rise due to inflation.

Short Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals
The City will WATCH proposed legislation. Additionally, the City will SUPPORT common sense legislation that addresses the impact of short term rentals on the quality of life of all residents and recognizes the infrastructure (e.g. sanitary sewer) and service provision (e.g. solid waste; public safety) responsibilities of municipalities.

TOURIST TAX & SALES TAXES

Tourist Development Tax
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation that clarifies allowable uses for Tourist Development Tax funds.
Sales Tax on eCommerce and Digital Services
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation to reform Florida’s sales tax laws that apply to online/e-commerce salesfrom and sales of digital services by out-of-state companies. Changes to these laws are needed to ensure online companies, digital service providersand brick-and-mortar retail stores are treated equitably and that remote sellers collect sales tax at the time of a transaction.

Resiliency & Flood Insurance

Community Resiliency and Flood Insurance
The City of Largo will SUPPORT the development of a statewide Resiliency Plan to strengthen and improve the resiliency of critical infrastructure. 
 
Additionally, the City will SUPPORT legislative efforts that support collaborative effortsto foster sustainability and climate resiliencyat a regionallevel, including sea level rise, climate and hazard resiliency, salt water intrusion, flooding, extreme weatherand local development.
 
Lastly, the City will SUPPORT legislative efforts that support flood mitigation, provide for pre-disastermitigation grants and encourage the private insurance marketplace related to flood insurance.

HOME RULE

Local Self-Government
The City of Largo will SUPPORT municipal Home Rule powers for local governments and seek to strengthen and protect the fundamental concept of local self-government and, will OPPOSE legislative efforts to impede the constitutional right Floridians have enjoyed for 50 years to govern themselves under municipal Home Rule powers. 
 
Additionally, the City will OPPOSE the Legislature’s intrusion into local finances, which are necessary to provide financial stability and essential services uniquely required by municipal residents and local businesses. 
 
The City will OPPOSE the Legislature’s intrusion into local government official and employee travel policies, including efforts to impose new reporting requirements at the local and state level related to local government travel. 
 
Lastly, the City will OPPOSE preemptions of local government fertilizer ordinances and any unfunded mandates that impact local government budgets and control. 

School Resource Officers

School Resource Officer Funding
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation creating a dedicated, adequateand recurring state revenue stream for providing SROs to schools.

WATER QUALITY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER QUALITY
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation to address the state’s critical water resource and water quality deficiencies to mitigate the negative economic impact of these issues through priority corrective actions and funding. 
 
The legislation should include:
  • Establishment of a dedicated and recurring source of state funding to meet the current and projected local government water supply and water infrastructure needs
  • Annual assessment by the State of the state,regional and local water resource and water quality infrastructure improvement needs
  • Development of regional plans to prioritize actions and schedules for addressing integrated water quality andwater supply needs based on objective criteria provided by the Florida League of Cities' 2019 Legislative Action Agenda

APPROPRIATIONS

Pinellas County Appropriation requests
Support funding for High Point Outdoor Recreation Facility ($80,000)
State Appropriations - FY2019-2020
Support funding for:
  • Corrections' budget for community-based substance abuse treatment
  • Division of Children and Families' budget for Homeless Challenge Grants
  • Arts, theaters and museums
  • Libraries including Smart Horizons Online High School Library Program
  • Regional Planning Councils
  • State Health Department for Pinellas County
  • Workforce Development and Small Business Development Center Network
February 27, 2020
Our free Movies in the Park returns in March with a few fun new features
February 25, 2020
The City of Largo is proud to announce its 2020 Sustainability Series topics. Join us on the last Tuesday of each month at the Largo Public Library at 6:30pm to meet other residents and professionals interested in sustainability and how we can make an impact on our community.
February 25, 2020
The WeatherSTEM stations offer a wide variety of real-time weather information data and a live video feed from the station.
February 24, 2020
The Greater Largo Library Foundation, in support of the Largo Public Library, will be hosting the 13th Annual Art Hops on Friday, April 18 from 6-9:30pm at the Largo Public Library. Are you ready to experience the Roaring 20s? It’s almost time to don your flapper dress and make finger-waves, or lace up your wingtips, and make your way over to our joint. It’s going to be the bee’s knees, the berries, and the cat’s meow.
February 23, 2020
The Office of Congressman Charlie Crist will host mobile office hours at the Largo Library from 10am to 5pm on select dates throughout 2020.
February 19, 2020
The City of Largo's reclaimed water customers can look for an upcoming credit on bills mailed out in March and April 2020.
February 14, 2020
More than 250 municipal officials were in Tallahassee this week for the Florida League of Cities’ annual Legislative Action Days. Elected municipal officials met with legislators and testified in committees on legislation being proposed during the 2020 State Legislative Session. Some of the proposed legislation being considered has the potential to affect cities' and counties’ abilities to solve local issues at the local level on behalf of their citizens.
February 13, 2020
The Youth Leadership Council recently participated in the Florida League of Cities’ Legislative Action Days. Nine members of the Largo Youth Leadership Council joined almost 70 other high school students from Youth Councils around the state for the two day event in Tallahassee.
February 09, 2020
Help us celebrate Largo Central Park's 25th Birthday by submitting your photos today!
February 07, 2020
The City of Largo is one of the first 100 cities to be featured on a new online tool from Google. The Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) tool uses Google data sources and modeling to map greenhouse gas emissions for over 100 cities worldwide. EIE was created in partnership with Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy as a way for decision makers and researchers to explore data and solutions for climate issues.
January 31, 2020
Largo Recreation Parks & Arts donated soil to LHS' new school garden.
January 09, 2020
A yellow sticker on your rear windshield could potentially save your life in an emergency.
March 15, 2019
Give your feedback about a recent visit to one of our facilities or parks and be entered to win a $25 credit to your household

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