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2011-042-1435 - 2011 State Legislative Program City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: March 9, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X N/A Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Manager Department: City Manager’s Office Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA ADOPTING THE 2011 STATE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM FOR THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: The Regular Session of the Florida Legislature will convene on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. In preparation for the legislative session, staff established a legislative program based on the input from various City Council members and staff. The proposed State Legislative Program documents the City of Miami Garden’s legislative priorities in 2011 and will be used to assist our lobbyist in advocating for the City during the current session. ITEM K-3) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION 2011 State Legislative Program 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Proposed Action: That the City Council approve the attached resolution adopting the 2011 City of Miami Gardens State Legislative Program. Attachment: Attachment A: ‐Proposed 2011 State Legislative Program 2011 Proposed City of Miami Gardens State Legislative Program POLICY STATEMENTS Cultural Arts/Recreation and Open Space Program Funding The City of Miami Gardens City Council supports the preservation of state funding for cultural programs and recreation and opens space programs. Home Rule Miami Gardens City is dedicated the fundamental concept that government closed to the people is the appropriate authority to serve the needs and requirements of the community. The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes legislative efforts to interfere with the governance or administration of local government. Municipal Memberships The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes any legislation that seeks to remove a municipality’s ability to pay membership dues to organizations that assist in representing municipal interests before the Florida Legislature or any other unit of Federal, State, or local government. Municipal Revenues The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes any legislative action that seeks to further limit or reduce local government revenues, including additional constitutional amendments. Pari‐Mutuel Gaming City of Miami Garden City Council supports passage of legislation creating parity with Indian gaming casino competitors in the nature of regulatory requirements, taxation, or revenue sharing structures and competing product offerings. 1 Proportionate Share of State Funding The City of Miami Gardens City Council supports the Florida legislature equalizing the proportionate share amount of funding provided to each jurisdiction from state funds based on population of each region in Florida. LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS Red Light Cameras The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes legislation that seeks to limit a municipality’s ability to impose civil penalties for traffic infractions related to red light running and/or restrict a municipality’s ability to obtain right of Way permits for the installation of red light cameras with their jurisdiction. The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes any legislation that seeks to eliminate the red light camera program implemented by the Florida Legislature during the 2010 Legislative Session. (City Manager) Water Surcharge Legislation The City of Miami Gardens City Council supports legislation that seeks to reinstate limitations on utility rates charged outside municipal boundaries in counties with a population of more than 1.5 million as of the most recent decennial census. PCB RBP 10‐03 Outdoor Advertising Currently Chapter 125.0102 F.S. entitled Sign Ordinances states that: Nothing in chapter 78‐8, Laws of Florida, shall be deemed to supersede the rights and powers of municipalities and counties to establish sign ordinances; however, such ordinances shall not conflict with any applicable state or federal laws. The City of Miami Gardens City Council opposes any legislation that seeks to remove this language from the statue, which would remove local government’s ability to regulate signs within their jurisdictions. Transit System Surtax ‐CITT In 2009, HB 1205 sponsored by Rep. Oscar Braynon was enacted. HB 1205 sought to ensure that the City of Miami Gardens and other new municipalities in Miami Dade County received their share of the halfcent sales tax for transportation. Since that time, the City of Miami Gardens has pursed legal action to obtain its annual allocation. The City of Miami Gardens opposes any legislation that impedes the City’s ability to obtain its ability to pro–rata share of the Miami Dade County half‐cent sales tax for transportation. 2 3 Sports Facility‐Bed Tax funding House Bill 141 and Senate Bill 466 are pending before the Florida Legislature, and if approved, they would allow the additional one percent (1%) Tourist Development Tax to be used for the issuance of bonds related to the construction, reconstruction, or renovation of a professional sports facility within the boundaries of a county or an adjacent county, under certain circumstances. In contrast to the aforementioned legislation, Senate Bill 980, sponsored by Senator Bennett, would allow charter counties to increase the Convention Development Tax rate on transient rental transactions from three percent (3%) to four percent (4%). However, SB 980 does not provide a mechanism for tax dollars to be extended to pay for the renovation and/or construction of sport facilities. The City of Miami Gardens is host to SunLife Stadium, a development that has significant regional economic impact in the South Florida area. Due to the fact that SunLife contributes to the number of transient rental transactions in the region, additional revenues gained from an increase in the tax rate should not be limited to construction and renovation of county‐owned convention centers as currently proposed in SB 980. The City of Miami Gardens Council supports SB 466 and HB 141 to provide for a mechanism to assist with the modernization, construction, reconstruction, or renovation of Sun Life Stadium and opposes SB 980, which excludes revenues from being used for renovations to sporting facilities. (Councilman Gilbert)