Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 131980
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File Number: 131980 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-862-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: REAUTHORIZATION OF FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM Introduced: 10/7/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/22/2013
Agenda Date: 10/22/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION SUPPORTING REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM CURRENTLY SET TO SUNSET ON DECEMBER 31, 2015
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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 10/22/2013 11A5 Adopted P

County Attorney 10/7/2013 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING REAUTHORIZATION OF THE FLORIDA ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM CURRENTLY SET TO SUNSET ON DECEMBER 31, 2015

BODY
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 enacted Chapter 2005-287, Laws of Florida (HB 1725), which re-designated existing enterprise zones and extended the Enterprise Zone Program until December 31, 2015; and
WHEREAS, during the 2010 session, the Florida Legislature enacted Chapter 2010-147, Laws of Florida (SB 1752), which directed the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to review and evaluate the Florida Enterprise Zone Program; and
WHEREAS, in January, 2011, OPPAGA released Report No. 11-01, which found that over the prior five years, the Florida Enterprise Zone Program has awarded $187 million in incentives; and
WHEREAS, the OPPAGA report indicated that enterprise zones in Miami-Dade County received more than half of all enterprise zone incentives statewide, with 55 percent of the total amount of incentives statewide in the past five years, totaling approximately $87.6 million in incentives going to Miami-Dade County; 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, Section 290.016, Florida Statutes, currently provides that the Florida Enterprise Zone program will stand repealed effective December 31, 2015; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature will need to extend the Florida Enterprise Zone program during either the 2014 or 2015 sessions in order to keep the program in place; and
WHEREAS, given the positive impact the Florida Enterprise Zone program has had on economic development, particularly in Miami-Dade County, this Board would like to urge the Florida Legislature to extend the program,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Supports the reauthorization of the Florida Enterprise Zone Program currently set to sunset on December 31, 2015.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2014 and 2015 state legislative packages when they are presented to the Board.



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