Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 062887
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File Number: 062887 File Type: Ordinance Status: Second Reading
Version: 0 Reference: Control: County Commission
File Name: SURTAX ALLOCATION Introduced: 10/5/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 11/28/2006 Agenda Item Number: 7D
Notes: FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. ALSO SEE 063590 Title: ORDINANCE REQUIRING THAT NO ALLOCATION OF DOCUMENTARY SURTAX FUNDS MAY BE MADE EXCEPT AS PART OF A COMPETITIVE REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) PROCESS; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 062316]
Indexes: HOUSING
  SURTAX FUNDS
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/28/2006 7D Amended
REPORT: (See Agenda Item 7D Amended; Legislative No. 063590 for the amended version)

Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 10/17/2006 3A SUBSTITUTE Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Chairman Rolle opened the public hearing. Ms. Maria Roberts, 27700 SW 164 Avenue, appeared before the Committee and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Ms. Roberts recommended that any Request for Applications (RFA) issued under this program include benchmarks and outcome measures identifying the number of housing units to be completed within a specified timeframe. Mr. Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, PACK, appeared before the Committee in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Ms. Truly Burton, representing the South Florida Builders Association, appeared before the Committee in connection with the foregoing proposed ordinance. She asked that the process be competitive and that no additional steps be imposed from the current process. Ms. Cynthia Curry, Senior Advisor to the County Manager, stated that the RFA would be a competitive process. She indicated currently there was only one RFA process and this proposed ordinance suggested two RFA processes. Ms. Carmen Garcia, a member of SEIU Local 11, appeared before the Committee and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Ms. Sue Mache (phonetic), Miami Workers Center, 6127 NW 7 Avenue, appeared before the Committee and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. She stressed the need for increased accountability and oversight of the affordable housing funding. Ms. Maria Sosa, on behalf of Acorn, the coalition for emergency housing, appeared before the Committee and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. She expressed her appreciation of Commissioners Sorenson, Gimenez and Jordan for their efforts to develop a more transparent and controlled processes for the distribution of the documentary surtax funds by the County. Mr. Antonio Cruz, on behalf of Acorn, the coalition for emergency affordable housing, appeared before the Committee and spoke in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. He asked that residents in the community be permitted to participate in discussions addressing affordable housing. Mr. Juan Garcia, 2500 SW 99 Avenue, appeared before the Committee in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. He provided statistical information on the current restrictions on the use of documentary surtax funds. Mr. Anthony Colon, Director of Public Policy for the Human Services Coalition, appeared before the Committee in support of the foregoing proposed ordinance. The Committee by motion duly made, seconded and carried, proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance. Commissioner Sorenson explained the intent of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Commissioner Jordan noted the successes of the documentary surtax program, in helping meeting the needs of affordable housing. She stated this proposed resolution created a second RFA process and eliminated the transfer process of documentary surtax funds. Upon concluding their discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance as presented. Commissioners Diaz, Souto and Chairman Rolle requested to be listed as cosponsors on the foregoing proposed ordinance.

County Attorney 10/5/2006 Referred Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 10/17/2006

County Attorney 10/5/2006 Assigned Shannon D. Summerset 10/5/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE REQUIRING THAT NO ALLOCATION OF DOCUMENTARY SURTAX FUNDS MAY BE MADE EXCEPT AS PART OF A COMPETITIVE REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) PROCESS; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BODY
WHEREAS, there is a growing and urgent need in this community for the construction, rehabilitation, and purchase of all types of affordable housing; and
WHEREAS, the County’s documentary surtax program, authorized pursuant to Chapters 201 and 125 of the Florida Statutes, has been successful in helping to meet this need for affordable housing; and
WHEREAS, this Board and developed a process in which agencies seeking allocations of documentary surtax funds participate in a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) process for allocation of the documentary surtax funds; and
WHEREAS, the amounts requested by these agencies far exceed the amount of funds available for allocation; and
WHEREAS, the RFA process entails input from the community and months of detailed and thorough review of the applications by the County’s professional staff and Affordable Housing Advisory Board; and


WHEREAS, the projects submitting applications through this process are evaluated on the many factors to determine, among other things, the need for and the feasibility of the projects; and
WHEREAS, this competitive process and thorough review, along with community input, serves to ensure that the limited documentary surtax funds will be allocated in the best way possible,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. No allocation of documentary surtax funds shall be made except as part of a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) process. Notwithstanding the foregoing, documentary surtax funds loaned directly to homeowners by Miami-Dade County may be allocated without the necessity of a competitive RFA process.
Section 2. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 3. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.


Section 4. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.



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