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2018 State and Local Legislative Priorities
At the chamber, we support legislation to better suit our business community and the Gainesville Area as a whole. These listed below are our official positions regarding the issues at hand.
Goal: Support local ballot initiatives that improve the community
School Board of Alachua County Infrastructure Sales Tax: Support SBAC’s ballot initiative for a half-cent, 12-year sales tax to improve school facilities.
GRU Governance: Support the GRU Governance initiative to establish a local governing body for the municipal utility.
Bed Tax: Support a local option to raise the tax paid on hotel rooms.
Goal: Protect and improve local water bodies
Newnan’s Lake: Support state funding to construct a barrier across Little Hatchet Creek to let water flow while trapping pollutants before they reach the lake.
City of Hawthorne water line replacement: Support state funding for Hawthorne’s efforts to replace 1950s pipe in downtown Hawthorne.
City of Newberry Water and Wastewater System: Support state funding to extend water mains into the city and construct a regional wastewater treatment facility in western Alachua County.
Goal: Improve area roads and transportation connectivity
City of Gainesville SW 62nd Boulevard Connector: Support state funding to improve the corridor, which provides I-75 relief.
County Roads Maintenance: Support making County roads funding a priority, with incremental increases each year to reach $17 million annual maintenance requirement.
State Road 121: Support safety and capacity enhancements for W. 34th
State Road 24: Support widening SR 24 from Tower Road to SW 122nd Street to provide additional east-west mobility along the corridor.
Pedestrian Safety: Support modifications from NE 39th to SE 16th to increase safety.
Alachua County Rail Trail: Support state funding to build a rail trail between High Springs and Newberry.
City Roads resurfacing: Support resurfacing projects in the City of Gainesville.
Goal: Increase investment in economic development activities
Florida Institute for Commercialization: Support renewed and additional state funding for the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research.
Alachua County Fairgrounds: Support state funding for a new Alachua County Fairgrounds.
Economic Development Incentives: Support state incentive programs promoting job creation.
Cornerstone project: Support state funding for this planned development in the eastern part of Alachua County, which includes redevelopment of GTEC.
Heartwood project: Support state funding for this affordable housing community.
University of Florida (UF): Support UF requests for faculty funding for preeminence, world-class scholars and graduate professional school excellence as well as for renovations and an addition for the Music Building.
Santa Fe College (SF): Support SF funding requests to expand the downtown Blount Center and build an Institute of Technology and Manufacturing.
Goal: Reform tax policies
Business Rent Tax: Support eliminating or reducing the business rent sales tax.