They Are at it Again

Aug-17-2014 Highlands Today
Over the years, the Florida Legislature has required county sheriffs to more closely monitor sexual offenders and predators. - See more at: http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/unfunded-mandates-state-tasks-counties-but-offers-little-or-no-...
Oct-27-2013 Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The state passed a law in 2011 to limit severely the ability of a local government to regulate vacation rentals. It is popularly called HB883. You can look it up at flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/0883.
Apr-09-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
The Florida Legislature has enough state issues on its plate without taking on local impact fees. A proposal making its way through both the state Senate and the House of Representatives would mandate a suspension of road-related impact fees for...
Mar-21-2013 News Service of Florida
TALLAHASSEE | Despite protests from cities, counties, public hospitals and school districts, a House committee Thursday narrowly approved a proposal that would increase dollar limits on lawsuits against local governments.
Mar-07-2013 Miami Herald
"Quit stepping on our toes. Stop meddling in our local affairs," Seijas said. "You have plenty to do in fixing the state of Florida."
Feb-17-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The legislature hold tightly to the reins of power and too often issue directives to the cities, even while insisting the cities use their own resources to comply.
Jan-03-2013 Sarasota Herald-Tribune
City and county governments are hoping the state’s improved financial picture will give them some breathing room and quell a recent trend in Tallahassee to place limits on how local governments can raise revenue and how that money can be spent.
Dec-23-2012 Tampa Bay Times
A Florida city, no matter how big, cannot under state law ask its residents whether they want to increase the local sales tax to pay for commuter trains, buses, or even better roads and bridges. We aren't sure why, but the question may only be...
Dec-16-2012 Tampa Bay Times
Now, under a new Florida law that was supposed to help charities, a handful of these wealthy developers are getting another lucrative benefit. They have found a way to move dozens of apartment complexes off the property tax rolls, saving themselves...
Dec-16-2012 Tampa Bay Times
Under a new Florida law that was supposed to help charities, a handful of these wealthy developers are getting another lucrative benefit. They have found a way to move dozens of apartment complexes off the property tax rolls, saving themselves as...
Dec-14-2012 Tampa Tribune
As Congress and the president wrestle with solving the so-called fiscal cliff crisis, one particular issue should be of serious concern to local and middle-class taxpayers.
Oct-11-2012 Marco Eagle
Tallahassee politicians are at it again. This time, they're calling it Amendment 4. In November, voters will decide the fate of this Trojan Horse measure — the latest complex and confusing brand of Tallahassee "tax reform" that...
Oct-01-2012 Tampa Tribune
Voters will revisit one of the Florida Legislature's pet pocketbook issues in November, with nearly half of the proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot addressing property tax breaks.
Sep-13-2012 Florida Today
Amendment 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot will bring much-needed changes to Florida’s property tax system by enacting three new provisions designed to boost Florida’s housing market while having little impact on local governments.
Jul-17-2012 Palm Beach Post
TALLAHASSEE — An administrative law judge Tuesday ruled that the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has improperly shifted juvenile-detention costs to counties.
Mar-23-2012 Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville will have to pump tens of millions more dollars into its general employee and corrections officer pension funds in the next fiscal year — and looming changes are likely to push that number even higher.
Mar-22-2012 TC Palm
INDIAN RIVER SHORES — About $380,000 in additional contributions to the town's pension fund for both public safety and general employees will have Indian River Shores dipping into emergency funds to pay the bill.
Feb-22-2012 Orlando Sentinel
Florida lawmakers just love to crow about cutting taxes. But cutting taxes is easy; paying for it is hard. And lawmakers have been dumping much of that dirty work on local government leaders.
Feb-21-2012 Naples Daily News
TALLAHASSEE — In keeping with the goal of many legislators to keep Florida's cost of living low, several bills have been offered this session to cut local taxes.
Feb-11-2012 Tampa Bay Times
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is eyeing even more tax cuts this year, celebrating its free-market ethos by slashing business taxes and allowing consumers to "keep more of their own money."

Our Cities in Action

Dec-29-2013 The Ledger
Lakeland will complete the year with a goal it announced almost 30 years ago: a population of more than 100,000.
Nov-20-2013 Reuters
Only third city in the nation to receive Palladium honor. The City of Tamarac, Florida has joined the ranks of such prestigious organizations as Motorola, UPS and Hilton Hotels as a recipient of the...
Sep-16-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn't stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo's first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County.
Sep-03-2013 Daily Commercial
Eustis city commissioners will meet Thursday night to consider creating a Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District to better promote the city and help local businesses.
Aug-02-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — As the city comes alive with a massive redevelopment at Daytona International Speedway and the promise of two new oceanfront hotels, the 85-year-old Boardwalk is basking in a rebirth...
May-07-2013 South Florida Business Journal
Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.
Apr-11-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Tours in South Florida typically go to the beach but, in Coral Springs, city leaders will pile onto a bus to see government buildings in three counties. City commissioners haven't decided yet to...
Apr-05-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Family, friends and residents will gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the official renaming of “John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.”
Apr-03-2013 Longboat Observer
A town Fire Rescue Department software application is in a Computerworld Honors Program Safety & Security category with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and the FBI.
Mar-27-2013 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair is encouraging veterans and active military personnel to be on hand at the April 2 commission meeting when the town proclaims April 17 as Military Family and Community...