Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092267
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File Number: 092267 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1074-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ALLOW PROCEEDS FROM EXISTING $5 SURCHARGE FOR ANIMAL CONTROL Introduced: 8/12/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/1/2009
Agenda Date: 9/1/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ALLOW PROCEEDS FROM THE EXISTING $5 SURCHARGE ON CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING ANIMAL CONTROL AND CRUELTY ORDINANCES TO BE USED FOR ANIMAL SHELTER OPERATING EXPENSES
Indexes: ANIMALS
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime 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 9/1/2009 11A2 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Rolle inquired about the effect the foregoing proposed resolution would have on the General Fund. Commissioner Heyman noted she was unaware of any additional savings that would be realized through this proposal due to the recently adopted 44-percent reduction in funding for animal services. She said this resolution urged the Florida Legislature to expand the scope of the legislation so that proceeds of the surcharge could be utilized for operating expenses rather than training expenses. There being no further questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 8/12/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ALLOW PROCEEDS FROM THE EXISTING $5 SURCHARGE ON CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING ANIMAL CONTROL AND CRUELTY ORDINANCES TO BE USED FOR ANIMAL SHELTER OPERATING EXPENSES

BODY
WHEREAS, section 828.27, Florida Statutes, currently authorizes counties and municipalities to impose a $5 surcharge on civil penalties for animal control and cruelty ordinances; and
WHEREAS, the statute currently requires the proceeds from this existing $5 surcharge to be used solely to pay the costs of training for animal control officers; and
WHEREAS, city and county animal services departments have come under increasing budget pressures in recent years; and
WHEREAS, expanding the uses of the existing $5 surcharge so that it could be used for shelter operating expenses in addition to training of Animal Control Officers and other enforcement related duties, can greatly assist city and county animal control departments in carrying out their mission,
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 allow proceeds from the existing $5 surcharge on civil penalties for violating animal control and cruelty ordinances to be used for animal shelter operating expenses in addition to training of Animal Control Officers and other enforcement related duties.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, Chair and Members of the MiamiDade County State Legislative Delegation, and the Executive Directors of the Florida Association of Counties and the Florida League of Cities.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2010 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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