Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA’s) Up Thursday – Oppose HB 17!
would increase audit, ethics, reporting and accountability measures for community redevelopment agencies. This is essentially the same legislation that passed the House of Representatives last legislative session.
Of specific concern to cities, HB 17 outlines a process by which CRAs can be phased out, unless reauthorized by a super majority vote of the body that created the CRA. Additionally, HB 17 prohibits the creation of a new CRA unless authorized by a special act of the Legislature.
HB 17 is on the House Special Order Calendar for Thursday, January 11. Please contact members of the House of Representatives and urge them to Oppose HB 17!
Message to Representatives
Oppose language in HB 17 that would prohibit the creation of any new CRA.
- CRA’s were established to encourage new investment and job creation in urban areas that were blighted as a result of substantial growth moving away from the urban core.
Oppose language in HB 17 that phases out existing CRAs by the year 2038, unless the CRA board votes to retain the CRA by a supermajority vote.
- The state should be wary of attempts to phase out CRAs, particularly if the debate is over the merits of revitalizing blighted areas. CRAs have demonstrated that they dramatically improve the economic and social outcomes within the targeted CRA areas. These outcomes benefit the cities, counties and, most importantly, the taxpayers.
- The League supports legislation to improve municipalities’ use of CRAs to effectively carry out redevelopment and community revitalization.
- My city’s CRA is our community’s best tool for improving infrastructure, maximizing local resources and making long-lasting positive changes.
- This redevelopment tool is used by both Florida counties and cities of all sizes, from Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, to Hernando County, Madison and Apalachicola.
- This financing system is successful because it provides specific public services without increasing or levying any new taxes. No state money is involved. This is local tax dollars being put to work locally.