Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 278
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/24/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Finance and Tax (Diaz de la Portilla)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 189.056, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         189.056 Downtown Development District; Ad Valorem
    8  Taxation.—
    9         (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the
   10  revitalization of downtown areas within large municipalities
   11  where the societal ills associated with urban blight are most
   12  prevalent. However, in recognition of the traditionally broad
   13  home rule power exercised by charter counties, the Legislature
   14  intends that this section apply only to certain counties.
   15         (2) The governing body of a municipality with a population
   16  of more than 400,000, as determined by the Office of Economic
   17  and Demographic Research, and located within a county as defined
   18  in s. 125.011(1), may, by ordinance, levy an ad valorem tax on
   19  all real and personal property in a downtown development
   20  district of up to 0.5 mill on the taxable value of the property
   21  located therein for the purpose of financing the operation of
   22  the district. In no event may the district’s millage exceed 0.5
   23  mill. The district’s millage is limited as provided in s.
   24  200.001(8)(d) for dependent special districts.
   25         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.
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   28  And the title is amended as follows:
   29         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   30  and insert:
   31                        A bill to be entitled                      
   32         An act relating to downtown development districts;
   33         creating s. 189.056, F.S.; providing legislative
   34         intent; authorizing the governing body of a
   35         municipality with a certain population and located
   36         within a certain county to levy an ad valorem tax on
   37         all real and personal property in a downtown
   38         development district to finance the operation of the
   39         district; limiting the tax to a specified percentage;
   40         providing for limitation of the district’s millage;
   41         providing an effective date.