This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies to be more transparent and accountable. Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed as anti-poverty measures. But CRAs are being used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.
The 2018 Florida Senate Interim committee weeks schedule has been announced.
September 2017 –Week of the 11th
October 2017 -Week of the 9th
October 2017 -Week of the 23rd
November 2017 -Week of the 6th
November 2017 -Week of the 13th
December 2017 – Week of the 4th
Here we go again, another government agency using taxpayer dollars to reward political donors and further the careers of politicians. We have written about the abuse of Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida for using taxpayer dollars for very questionable expenditures. At the end of the special session last month, Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida survived but now are under extensive legislative oversight.
Just like Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, Community Redevelopment Agencies are coming under needed scrutiny for their questionable spending. Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). [Read more…] about Legislation to reign in slush funds for politicians dies in 2017 session