Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 110639
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File Number: 110639 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-265-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: OPPOSE SB 1296 END FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM Introduced: 3/22/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/4/2011
Agenda Date: 4/4/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION OPPOSING SB 1296 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD END THE FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM ON JULY 1, 2011 OR AN ALTERNATIVE EARLY DATE; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS SUCH LEGISLATION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, Prime Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-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 4/4/2011 11A15 Adopted P

County Attorney 3/22/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION OPPOSING SB 1296 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD END THE FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM ON JULY 1, 2011 OR AN ALTERNATIVE EARLY DATE; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS SUCH LEGISLATION

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Enterprise Zone Program provides economic incentives to induce private investment in economically distressed areas; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Enterprise Zone Program has the goals of revitalizing and rehabilitating distressed areas, encouraging businesses to locate and expand in these areas, stimulating employment among area residents and enhancing the general social and economic well-being; and
WHEREAS, to achieve these goals, state and local governments provide investments and tax incentives to encourage businesses to invest and locate in designated enterprise zones; and
WHEREAS, these incentives include job and property tax credits as well as sales tax refunds; and
WHEREAS, in 2005, the Florida Legislature passed HB 1725 (Chapter 2005-287, Laws of Florida), which re-designated existing enterprise zones and extended the Enterprise Zone Program until December 31, 2015; and

WHEREAS, over the past five years, the Florida Enterprise Zone Program has awarded $187 million in incentives, according to a report issued in January, 2011 by the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA), Report No. 11-01; and
WHEREAS, the OPPAGA report indicates that enterprise zones in Miami-Dade County have received 55 percent of the total amount of incentives statewide in the past five years, equaling approximately $87.6 million in incentives; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County's Enterprise Zone Program consists of three areas:
1. North Central, which encompasses a large part of Northwest Miami-Dade County, including Miami International and Opa-locka Airports, parts of east Hialeah, the Empowerment Zone and a satellite in North Dade;
2. South Dade, which covers part of the cities of Cutler Bay, Homestead and Florida City, as well as Perrine and Princeton; and
3. Miami Beach, which includes parts of South Beach, Collins Avenue and North Beach; and
WHEREAS, Senator Nancy Detert (R – Venice) has filed SB 1296 for consideration during the 2011 state legislative; and
WHEREAS, SB 1296 would accelerate the expiration of the Florida Enterprise Zone Program from December 31, 2015 to July 1, 2011, effectively ending the Florida Enterprise Zone Program in just a few months; and
WHEREAS, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have set job creation as a critical priority for the 2011 session, but ending the Enterprise Zone Program could significantly hinder efforts to attract businesses and jobs to the most economically distressed areas of Florida; and

WHEREAS, this Board wishes to express its opposition to SB 1296,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Opposes SB 1296 or similar legislation that would accelerate the expiration of the Florida Enterprise Zone Program from December 31, 2015 to July 1, 2011, or an alternative early date effectively ending the Florida Enterprise Zone Program early, and urges the Florida Legislature not to pass such legislation.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation and Senator Nancy Detert.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate against any legislation that would accelerate the expiration of the Florida Enterprise Zone Program, and authorizes and directs that the 2011 state legislative package be amended to include this item.



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