On Thursday, September 5th, 2019 the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency will consider adopting a new policy that will allow for Blueprint expenditures to be allocated to affordable housing projects.
Based on staff analysis, currently, Blueprint may expend penny sales tax dollars on acquisition of land for affordable housing subject to the constraints authorized under Florida law.
However, expenditures on the development of affordable housing is not among the purposes included in the Blueprint local agreement. Therefore, the Blueprint agreement must be amended to expressly provide for sales tax spending on affordable housing.
One of the options under consideration is for elected officials to direct staff to initiate the substantial amendment process to add affordable housing to the Blueprint agreement. Staff reports that the costs of this potential policy are currently unknown and would be based upon the final “Affordable Housing Policy” requirements.
Also, staff wrote that any costs of the new project would be taken from the 66 percent Blueprint Infrastructure portion of the projected sales tax proceeds during the life of the sales tax.
Another option to be presented at the meeting provides a revision to the Blueprint Real Estate Policy. The revision would require that Blueprint consult with the City of Tallahassee Office of Community Housing and Human Services and the Leon County Office of Human Services and Community Partnership to determine whether potential surplus property is suitable for donation to the Community Land Trust. This donated land could eventually be used for affordable housing.