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
September 19, 2019
Five amazing City of Largo team members were recognized as Employees of the Quarter at the September 17, 2019, Largo City Commission Meeting.
September 14, 2019
The upcoming Downtown Largo identity and brand has made its mark in the world of City-County Communicators and Marketers for innovation, creativity flexibility and vision. The Communications team received the Award of Excellence for the Downtown logo and brand at the 31st Annual City/County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) Conference in Denver, Colorado, Wisconsin on Thursday, September 5.
September 13, 2019
Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes will host mobile office hours at City Hall on September 23  from 3pm to 6pm.
September 12, 2019
ShredFest is back on Saturday, Oct 19 from 9am-12pm
September 11, 2019
Staff members from the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will host mobile office hours at City Hall on September 23 from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
September 05, 2019
The Office of Congressman Charlie Crist will host mobile office hours at the Largo Public Library this fall.
September 04, 2019
The City of Largo and Pinellas County Consumer Protection are advising citizens to wary of solicitations for charitable contributions on behalf of Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas or elsewhere.
August 26, 2019
The City of Largo is excited to share the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2020. This budget has been developed through immense teamwork, participation and dedication of team members at all levels, in all departments.
August 18, 2019
Are you interested in being a food vendor or sponsor or have a silent auction item to donate? The City of Largo is currently looking for those interested in contributing to the 2019 Largo Taste Fest event.
August 12, 2019
Drop off your used chemicals and electronics for free at the Pinellas County Collection at Largo High School on Sat, September 21 from 9am-2pm.
May 31, 2019
The Pinellas County Fertilizer Ban is in effect from June 1 through September 30, strictly prohibiting the sale or use of most lawn and landscape fertilizers as they contain Nitrogen and Phosphorous. These nutrients can wash from our yards into the Gulf or Bay when it rains, harming local wildlife and plants and even contribute to harmful algae blooms.
May 13, 2019
Alert Pinellas subscribers in Largo can now receive notifications directly from the City of Largo.
April 01, 2019
Largo’s Community Ambassadors are teaming up to help educate fellow residents about the dos and don’ts of recycling. 
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
October 17, 2018
Largo’s vision and brand has made its mark in the world of City-County Communicators and Marketers for ongoing community engagement, creativity and consistency. At the October 16, 2018 Largo City Commission Meeting, Commissioners were presented with three Savvy Awards and a highly-acclaimed 3CMA Diamond Award for the Largo brand and website.

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