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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation that clarifies allowable uses for Tourist Development Tax funds.
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
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.
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
The City of Largo will SUPPORT legislation creating a dedicated, adequateand recurring state revenue stream for providing SROs to schools.
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
Support funding for High Point Outdoor Recreation Facility ($80,000)
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