Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 131032
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File Number: 131032 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-462-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: PASS WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE & INNOVATION ACT Introduced: 5/23/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/4/2013
Agenda Date: 6/4/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A18
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO PASS THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AND INNOVATION ACT OF 2013, S. 601 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION; URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO MAKE THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AND INNOVATION ACT PERMANENT; URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Juan C. Zapata, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, 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 6/4/2013 11A18 Adopted P

County Attorney 5/23/2013 Assigned Sarah E. Davis 5/23/2013

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO PASS THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AND INNOVATION ACT OF 2013, S. 601 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION; URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO MAKE THE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AND INNOVATION ACT PERMANENT; URGING CONGRESS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BONDS

BODY
WHEREAS, water is vital to our life, health, and well-being, and adequate and properly maintained water and sewer facilities are essential to both our economy and environment; and
WHEREAS, many local governments throughout the United States, including Miami-Dade County, have aging water and sewer infrastructure that must be repaired and replaced in order to comply with, among other things, federal laws and permits; and
WHEREAS, the scale of the water and sewer infrastructure projects that may be necessary in many of these local communities to achieve compliance with federal laws is massive, and financing the costs of such repair and replacement projects may be problematic, if not impossible, for many local governments; and
WHEREAS, on May 15, 2013, the United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, S. 601 by Senator Barbara Boxer (D - California), which includes a pilot program, the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2013, through which the federal government may provide financial assistance to local governments for large water and wastewater infrastructure projects; and
WHEREAS, the financial assistance that may be available under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would complement but not replace or reduce the existing federal and state infrastructure financing tools for water and wastewater infrastructure projects; and
WHEREAS, S. 601 is now pending before the United States House of Representatives,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress to pass the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2013, S. 601 or similar legislation. Specifically, the Board urges Congress to enact legislation that establishes a pilot program to provide financial assistance for large water and wastewater infrastructure projects for, among others, local governments, such as Miami-Dade County.
Section 2. Urges Congress to enact legislation that makes the pilot program set forth in the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2013 a permanent program to provide financial assistance that would complement existing federal and state financing tools available to, among others, local governments, such as Miami-Dade County, for large water and wastewater projects.
Section 3. Urges Congress to enact legislation that would protect the federal tax exemption of municipal bond interest.
Section 4. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation.
Section 5. Directs the County’s federal lobbyists to advocate for the actions set forth in Sections 1, 2 and 3 above and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2013 federal legislative package to include this item and to include this item in the 2014 federal legislative package when it is presented to the Board.



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