July 13, 2022 – Reports from Tallahassee


Below are news briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting on July 13, 2022.

The Tallahassee City Commission approved the recommendation to adjust lobbyist registration fees. Prior to the town meeting, the annual dues for Tallahassee were $25.00. During the meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved an annual fee of $500 for the registration of a lobbyist.
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Elected officials approved lobbyist bans after convictions for crimes involving, but not limited to, bribery, theft and honest services fraud. The city of Tallahassee set the penalty as a ten-year ban. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0; however, Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox argued that the ban should be for a longer period, at least 20 years.
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The commission approved the recommendations of the Special Events Committee for co-sponsored events for fiscal year 2023-24. Events will be designated as co-sponsored events with 84% of municipal service costs provided in-kind. However, the New Year and Sunset concert series will be at 100%. Some approved events include Kidsfest, Frenchtown Risings, and Springtime Tallahassee. The vote was approved 3 to 2, with commissioners Williams-Cox and Richardson dissenting.
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Landus J. Anderson has been appointed to the vacant seat of the Planning Commission for a three-year term ending June 30, 2025. The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission is responsible for comprehensive countywide planning area in the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.
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The city named John Kirk and Nathan Newton to two vacant seats on the audit committee. The Audit Committee has an advisory role to the City Commission on matters brought to the committee regarding the oversight or auditing activities of the City of Tallahassee.
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City officials awarded a three-year, fixed-term contract to Quality Traffic Data, LLC. City staff estimate the total value of the proposed three-year contract at $278,250 or $92,750 per year. Additionally, since this program also benefits Leon County, the county will reimburse the city approximately $12,000 annually for traffic counts collected outside of city limits.
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The committee heard an update on the city’s progress on electric vehicle readiness. Additionally, the city authorized staff to make technical changes to the Florida building code to expedite the readiness of electric vehicles in all new construction. The city can implement ordinances and policies to promote EV readiness and adoption through regulations, such as changing zoning regulations.
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In a 5-0 vote, elected officials approved the Landon Hills Inclusive Housing Agreement. They supported the density bonus as an incentive to build inclusive housing in the Landon Hills subdivision. The deal will increase the number of affordable units for moderate-income homebuyers.
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The city commission also approved negotiations with Aero Center Tallahassee and Flightline Development Corporation for the lease and development of airport property to accommodate a proposed fixed base operator business.
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Finally, city officials voted and unanimously approved the 2023 budget for the city of Tallahassee. There was a lot of discussion and many public speakers spoke out against the budget allocations. Provisionally, the FY23 mileage rate will remain at 4.1 for the seventh year.

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