Thursday, April 6, 2017

Florida HB 13

I have to wonder what Jeff Clemens will think about this bill as this is where his political career began. Actually, it began for many such as Shanon Materio now a West Palm Beach (now a sanctuary city thanks to her vote) city commissioner and Andy Amoroso a Lake Worth City Commissioner.

Last night, the Lake Worth Director of the CRA, Joan Olivia gave a lengthy presentation on the CRA. She mentioned that the CRA began in 1989 and expanded in 2002. They are now going to give residential grants for landscaping up to $2,500 and delve into a loan program helping people up to $5,000.

The bill says it is providing a phase-out period for existing community redevelopment agencies; providing a limited  exception for community redevelopment agencies with  certain outstanding bond obligations. There will be all sorts of stringent reporting requirements for all CRA's.

CS/HB 13: Community Redevelopment Agencies

GENERAL BILL by Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee ; Raburn
Community Redevelopment Agencies; Provides reporting requirements; revises requirements for operating community redevelopment agencies; prohibits creation of new community redevelopment agencies after date certain; provides phase-out period; creates criteria for determining whether community redevelopment agency is inactive; provides hearing procedures; authorizes certain financial activity from inactive community redevelopment agencies; revises requirements for use of redevelopment trust fund proceeds; revises county & municipal government reporting requirements; revises criteria for finding that county or municipality failed to file report; requires DFS to provide report to DEO concerning community redevelopment agencies with no revenues, no expenditures, & no debts.
Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 4/3/2017 House - On Committee agenda-- Ways and Means Committee, 04/05/17, 9:00 am, Morris Hall
Location: On agenda (WMC)
Bill Text: PDF

6 comments:

Donald said...

Let's hope the date certain is very soon so CRA's can be stopped from using taxpayers money without representation.

Lynn Anderson said...

I read recently and can't remember where, that our CRA has a bond debt. Depending upon the length of it, it could delay a phase-out.

Anonymous said...

Thank GOD ! No more secret society! No more under the table gifts to friends!!! NOBODY elected St Joan,but she is able to have two FULL TIME and tow PART TIME flunkies. This in a city that can't even fill in their pot holes.

Anonymous said...

Go to the meetings or STFU.

Lynn Anderson said...

@5:19--not sure who you are telling to shut the fu*k up. And what meetings are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

Could be AA meeting