Florida Senate - 2011                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 224
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 1/AD/2R         .                                
             05/02/2011 11:00 AM       .                                

       Senator Garcia moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 1372 and 1373
    4  insert:
    5         Section 26. Subsection (1) of section 170.201, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         170.201 Special assessments.—
    8         (1) In addition to other lawful authority to levy and
    9  collect special assessments, the governing body of a
   10  municipality may levy and collect special assessments to fund
   11  capital improvements and municipal services, including, but not
   12  limited to, fire protection, emergency medical services, garbage
   13  disposal, sewer improvement, street improvement, and parking
   14  facilities. Without limiting the foregoing, a municipality that
   15  has a population of fewer than 100 persons for the previous
   16  year’s taxing year, may also levy and collect special
   17  assessments to fund special security and crime prevention
   18  services and facilities, including guard and gatehouse
   19  facilities for the current taxing year. However, if prior to the
   20  levy of the assessment, the cost of the services and facilities
   21  are funded by ad valorem taxes, the taxes shall be abated
   22  annually thereafter, in an amount equal to the full amount of
   23  the special assessment. The governing body of a municipality may
   24  apportion costs of such special assessments based on:
   25         (a) The front or square footage of each parcel of land; or
   26         (b) An alternative methodology, so long as the amount of
   27  the assessment for each parcel of land is not in excess of the
   28  proportional benefits as compared to other assessments on other
   29  parcels of land.
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   32         And the title is amended as follows:
   33         Delete line 112
   34  and insert:
   35         obsolete accounting terminology for school districts;
   36         amending s. 170.201, F.S.; authorizing certain
   37         municipalities to levy and collect special assessments
   38         to fund special security and crime prevention services
   39         and facilities; providing for the abatement of taxes
   40         if the cost of those services and facilities are
   41         funded by ad valorem taxes;