Representative Jake Raburn has filed legislation (HB 17) to 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. In reality CRAs are being used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRA’s are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.
The city of Tallahassee and Leon County elected officials are under FBI investigation for misuse of funds from the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency. Recently, a Miami Grand Jury report found several examples of Miami CRA boards spending large amounts of taxpayer dollars on what appeared to be pet projects of the elected officials.