At their next meeting, the Tallahassee City Commission will vote on non-binding resolutions that support the establishment of a children’s services council and new firearms regulations.
The Children’s Services Council
At their last meeting, the Board of County Commissioners of Leon County considered an agenda item regarding a 2018 ballot initiative that establishes an independent special district with taxing authority for the purpose of providing funding for children’s services throughout the county. This matter is scheduled for public hearing by the Board of County Commissioners on June 19, 2018.
Florida Statutes provides counties with the authority to create a special district by ordinance upon approval by the local electorate to annually levy ad valorem taxes not to exceed the maximum of 0.5 mills. The creation such a district in Leon County could lead to $7-8 million in new taxes to finance an organization with the sole mission of addressing children issues.
On Wednesday, April 11th, the Tallahassee City Commission will vote to enact the following resolution:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the City Commission of the City of Tallahassee recommends and supports the ordinance being considered by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners that, if approved by the electors on November 6, 2018, will establish and provide funding for the Children’s Services Council of Leon County.
Also on the city’ agenda is a resolution addressing firearm regulations.
The resolution acknowledges tragedies that include the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the shootings at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport in 2017 and the Orlando Pulse Nightclub in 2016.
The resolution encourages the adoption of reasonable firearms regulations which may include universal background checks, waiting periods for the purchase of firearms, restrictions on the sale and possession of military-style assault firearms and high-capacity magazines.
The resolution also call for measures to limit access to firearms by persons suffering from mental illness and asks the state and federal governments develop effective strategies and provide funding for local safety programs.
Finally, the resolution calls for the Florida Legislature to repeal statutes that preempts firearm regulation exclusively to the state.