For Immediate Release: August 24, 2017
Contact: Pamela M. Nadalini, BBA, MBA, CMC, City Auditor and Clerk/Charter Audit Executive
Sarasota, FL: – At the Regular Sarasota City Commission Meeting of August 21, 2017, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota approved the City’s 2018 Legislative Priorities.
The following are the Major Priorities, as approved by the City Commission:
- Support a broad exercise of home rule powers granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution
- Support for Communications Services Tax and Local Business Tax Protection
- Support Funding for Homelessness Programs/Mental Health Initiatives/Sober Homes
- Oppose Limitations on Red Light Cameras
- Support Equitable Transportation Funding and funding for the extension of the Legacy Trail
- Support the ability of Local Counties and Municipalities to regulate Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (dispensaries)
- Oppose a proposed 2018 increase in the Homestead Exemption
In addition to the Major Priorities, the City Commission identified a number of Other Important Priorities and Federal Priorities for the City of Sarasota. The priorities will be presented by Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at a meeting in the Sarasota County Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL.
There was consensus among the City Commission to ensure focus is placed upon the Home Rule Authority granted to municipalities under the Florida Constitution and to establish this as a major priority in their 2018 Legislative Priorities. “The City Commission values the process of establishing its annual Legislative Priorities as they know how important it is to maintain effective dialogue with Local, State, and Federal legislators,” stated City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini.
For information regarding the priorities, please refer to the detailed document, brochure, or informational card, which will be presented to the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation. You may also visit the Legislative Priorities page on the City’s website at www.sarasotagov.org.
Federal and State Legislators will be presenting separate updates to the City Commission at upcoming Regular City Commission Meetings concerning past Legislative Sessions and issues anticipated to be considered during the 2018 Legislative Session. Presentations by the Legislators have been confirmed, as follows:
Regular City Commission Meeting of September 5, 2017
Senator W. Gregory “Greg” Steube, District 23, Florida Senate
Regular City Commission Meeting of September 18, 2017
Representative Jim Boyd, District 71, Florida House of Representatives
Representative Julio Gonzalez, District 74, Florida House of Representatives
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the presentations to hear from the local Legislative Delegation members concerning issues of importance to the City of Sarasota at both the Federal and State levels.
For more information, please contact City Auditor and Clerk/Charter Audit Executive Pamela Nadalini at 954-4160.