Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 073782
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File Number: 073782 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-135-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: REINSTATE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS Introduced: 12/28/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/5/2008
Agenda Date: 2/5/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A23
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS AND THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN INTO LAW LEGISLATION REINSTATING A PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS AND TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR SUCH AN EXEMPTION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
  TAX EXEMPTION
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 2/5/2008 11A23 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 1/28/2008 2N Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: (See Report Under Agenda Item 2L, Legislative File No. 073780.) Chairman Martinez noted he would prepare a memorandum that asked Chairman Barreiro to waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow this proposed resolution to be considered at the February 5, 2008, County Commission meeting.

County Attorney 12/28/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 1/15/2008

County Attorney 12/28/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS AND THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN INTO LAW LEGISLATION REINSTATING A PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS AND OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS AND TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR SUCH AN EXEMPTION

BODY
WHEREAS, in 1980, voters amended the Florida Constitution to include a provision that authorizes a property tax exemption for up to ten (10) years for solar and other renewable energy systems installed on real property pursuant to general law; and
WHEREAS, that same year, the Florida Legislature implemented the renewable energy constitutional amendment by passing Section 196.175, Florida Statutes, and authorizing the property tax exemption; and
WHEREAS, the property tax exemption is no longer available for such systems because Section 196.175 contained a sunset at the end of calendar year 1990 and provided that no exemption shall be granted for a renewable energy system that was installed after December 31, 1990; and
WHEREAS, providing a property tax exemption for improvements such as solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems may encourage buyers to make investments in a clean energy future; and
WHEREAS, homeowners who choose to install solar and other renewable energy systems on their real property may have the unforeseen consequence of an increased assessed value and corresponding property taxes increase that diminishes the savings generated by these systems; and
WHEREAS, reinstating the property tax exemption would be a useful tool to encourage homeowners to install solar energy systems and other renewable energy systems; and
WHEREAS, reinstating the property tax exemption on solar and other renewable energy systems would reward forward-thinking homeowners who are contributing environmentally-sound energy resources to our state's power supply; and
WHEREAS, during the 2007 regular session, the Florida Legislature passed legislation that reinstated the property tax exemption currently authorized in the Florida Constitution for solar and other renewable energy systems as part of an omnibus energy bill, HB 7123, but the bill was vetoed by the Governor,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign into law legislation that reinstates the property tax exemption currently authorized in the Florida Constitution for solar energy and other renewable energy systems installed on real property and to streamline the process for applying for such an exemption.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 state legislative package.



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