Finance, Taxation & Personnel

This committee addresses municipal roles in general finance and tax issues, Home Rule revenues, infrastructure funding, insurance, local option revenues, pension issues, personnel and collective bargaining issues, revenue sharing,  tax and budget reform, telecommunications and workers’ compensation.


Priority Issues, 2017-2018

Local Self Government

Local Self-Government

The Florida League of Cities seeks to strengthen and protect the fundamental concept of local self- government, and will OPPOSE legislative efforts to impede the constitutional right Floridians have enjoyed for nearly 50 years to govern themselves under municipal Home Rule powers. Additionally, the Florida League of Cities OPPOSES the Legislature’s persistent intrusion into local finances, which are necessary to provide financial stability and essential services uniquely required by municipal residents and local businesses.

Communications Services Tax Protection

Communications Services Tax Protection

The Florida League of Cities SUPPORTS reforming the Communications Services Tax in a manner that is revenue neutral; provides for a broad and equitable tax base; provides for enhanced stability and reliability as an important revenue source for local government; and provides a uniform method for taxing communication services in Florida. Reform should promote a competitively neutral tax policy that will free consumers to choose a provider based on tax-neutral considerations.

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Firefighter Cancer Benefits

The Florida League of Cities SUPPORTS legislation that protects municipalities’ Home Rule powers to negotiate and fund municipal employee benefit levels. Additionally, the League opposes any legislation that imposes unfunded mandates on taxpayers.

News & Resources

  • The Department of Revenue’s Office of Tax Research has begun to release county and municipal revenue estimates for FY 2017-18.  As additional estimates are finalized and forwarded to our office in the coming days, EDR will continue posting the estimates on the EDR’s County and Municipal Revenue Estimates webpage via the following link:
Budget Deadline Extension

Important Info from Department of Revenue
re: Hurricane Irma

Update: Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) received requests to extend the Emergency Order Implementing Provisions of Executive Order 17-235 due to the upcoming Jewish Holidays. The extension was granted to November 3, 2017. (View the extension order.) 

On September 4, 2017, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 (EO 17-235) in response to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

As a result, the Florida Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order Implementing Provisions of Executive Order 17-235 (Re: Hurricane Irma) waiving statutory timing requirements and providing additional specific requirements to local taxing authorities regarding millage and budget hearings to ensure consistent adequate notice is provided to taxpayers. Consistent with EO 17-235, these waivers and additional requirements are applicable in all Florida counties.

If a hearing is cancelled, the taxing authority may post a notice of cancellation on the door of the meeting place advising the public that the schedule hearing has been cancelled. When the new hearing is determined, please see posting requirements below.

Notice of Rescheduled Hearing template: This rescheduled hearing notice is only to be used pursuant to the Department of Revenue’s Emergency Order Implementing Provisions of Executive Order 17-235. The Notice of Rescheduled Hearing shall be no less than 8 x 11 inches and posted at the entrance to the place of the original hearing until a new hearing is commenced. The hearing shall be scheduled within thirty (30) days from the issuance of Executive Order 17-235, unless otherwise extended by the Department.

Florida Statute 200.065(3) governs publishing of notice in newspapers. The hearing shall be held not less than 2 or more than 5 days after notice is published in a newspaper of general paid circulation within the county. 

If you have any question or need additional information, please contact Amber Hughes at or 813-777-4783.


Committee Contacts

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Chair: Natalie Kahler
Council Member, City of Brooksville
Vice-chair: Bill Partington
Mayor, City of Ormond Beach
FLC Contact: Amber Hughes
Sr. Legislative Advocate
(850) 222-9684 ext. 3621 
FLC Staff Assistant: Tara Taggart

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