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
June 01, 2020
The City of Largo has created a COVID-19 Recovery Team to safely and strategically begin a phased approach of reopening city facilities to the public. This team is comprised of individuals from various departments at all levels of the organization.
May 27, 2020
Fire Rescue misses having the community visit their stations, so they decided to bring the station to you! Experience the daily life of our firefighters at Station 41, and take a virtual "ride-along" in the fire engine!
May 26, 2020
Community Center, Highland, and Southwest will reopen its fitness center doors with limited capacity starting on May 26
May 25, 2020
You’re invited to take a walk on the wild side and meet some of Largo’s most entertaining residents: our animals from McGough Nature Park. Join us virtually to see a variety of educational wildlife and learn about their habits and habitats and how we can play a role in keeping them safe and healthy.
May 21, 2020
Whether you are applying for either type of unemployment/re-employment assistance (state or federal), be prepared to provide your state legislator’s staff members with the following information.
May 08, 2020
Alert Pinellas is an invaluable tool used by Pinellas County Emergency Management and the City of Largo to send the community urgent messages through texts, emails and voice calls about a variety of situations.
May 07, 2020
To accommodate local business owners and assist with compliance under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 issued on April 29, the City has created temporary guidelines for seating at restaurants in open outdoor spaces, such as lawns and parking areas.
May 01, 2020
It is important we stay informed and connected, as a community, during this time. Check out the information below to stay informed and have your questions answered. We are in this together, Largo!
April 06, 2020
Are you interested in learning more about major City projects happening in and around the Largo community over the next five years? From new fire stations, playgrounds and vehicles to drainage and road improvements, you can explore the City's new Capital Improvements Program (CIP) with the online CIP project explorer. The City of Largo values community input, and you can share your priorities and balance the City's capital budget yourself online using our interactive budget balancing tool.
March 12, 2020

 Do you want more funding for schools, highways, and healthcare in our area? The census count determines billions of dollars in funding for federal and local programs in our state, Congressional representation, and election boundaries. 

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