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
November 18, 2019
Visitors from Kami City, Japan arrived in the City of Largo to celebrate 50 years of international friendship and cultural exchange since the signing of a Sister City Agreement in 1969.
November 15, 2019
With the holidays soon approaching, it's easy to forget about safety precautions and careful behavior. However, knowing how to stay safe is just as important now as it is during the rest of the year. Many safety and home security issues come up that you might not have considered. Follow these top safety tips for the holidays from Largo Public Safety to ensure that you are safe and prepared, and can enjoy your happy holidays free of stress and worry.
November 13, 2019
City of Largo facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
November 04, 2019
Members of the Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team bring local issues to Washington, D.C.
November 01, 2019
Public Works Solid Waste Team Member Shauwn Clark brought home the ‘gold medal’ from the 2019 SWANA International Road-E-O competition!
November 01, 2019
This month will see the return of Largo Taste Fest, a celebration of Veterans, the start of Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park and more!
October 30, 2019
On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the City of Largo Environmental Services will break ground on a new operations building, Largo's First Category Five-Rated Structure.
October 11, 2019
December 14 & 15, Largo Central Park
October 07, 2019
The Office of Congressman Charlie Crist will host mobile office hours at the Largo Public Library this fall.
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.
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

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