District 3 Digest
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Happy New Year!


 

This is the inaugural edition of my new District 3 Digest!  As I walked the district during my campaign, one of the most frequent comments I heard was that people want more communication between residents and the City. That’s why I'll be writing this newsletter each month, and I promise it won’t rehash what’s already available in the Tam-A-Gram or in the reports I give at each Commission meeting. Instead, I hope to provide new information that is useful to you. If there is a topic you would like me to address, please let me know, as communication is a two-way street.
 
I'm excited to see what 2017 has in store for our City and honored to be your Commissioner!



Eye on Tallahassee


While I am a City Commissioner, my background includes working at the state level, and I will continue to actively watch what happens in Tallahassee. During the 2017 Legislative Session and the committee weeks leading up its opening on Tuesday, March 7th, I will use the Digest to discuss different bills coming up in Tallahassee and what impact they could have on our City.
 
Each year state bills are passed that have a direct effect on how municipal governments operate. Sometimes, legislators pass bills that require cities and counties to enact programs or services without funding them. These are known as “unfunded mandates”. Cities end up having to possibly make cuts in other areas of their budgets to fund these unfunded mandates.
 
Additionally, there are bills that take away a local government’s rights to act in the best interests of their residents. This is known as “home rule”.  It’s important for local governments to be aware when the legislature is trying to erode home rule.
 
I look forward to sharing my opinion on upcoming legislation with you in the coming months.


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Volunteer Opportunities
 

One of the most immediate action items I have as a newly elected Commissioner is to appoint people to the Parks and Recreation Board, the Planning Board, and the Public Art Committee. This is a great opportunity for residents to take an active role in the direction of our City. While the Parks and Recreation Board has only a residency requirement, both the Planning Board and Public Art Committee have additional requirements that must be met. Click here for more information. If you are interested in serving on one of these boards, please get your application into the City Clerk’s office by 5 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
 
If you would like a better understanding of how our City operates, I encourage you to consider applying for Tamarac University. I went through the program in 2013 and learned a lot about how the City works as a whole and about each individual department. Click here for more information. The deadline to apply for Tamarac University is Friday, January 27, 2017.

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