At the the February 18th Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency (IA) meeting, elected officials will consider a staff recommendation to fully fund the Northeast Park through a planned bond issuance of $10 million within the FY 2022 – 2026 Capital Improvement Plan. An additional funding scenario, using only sales tax revenues, is also detailed for IA Board consideration.
The park is currently slated for funding in 2035. The current implementation plan for the Connectivity, and Quality of Life (CCQ) projects is shown below.
At the January 26th Leon County Commission meeting, the Commissioners voted unanimously to support the relocation of the proposed Northeast Park. The park was originally slated to be built on the existing County-owned land at the intersection of Thomasville and Proctor Roads. However, issues related to prescribe burning in the area has raised concerns about the location.
The changes to the location and the funding will require initiating the substantial amendment process.
The staff recommends initiating the amendment process to recognize the new planned location for the Northeast Park and allow for the expenditure of sales tax funds for improvements at this new site. This amendment is necessary whether or not advance funding options for the project are approved by the IA Board to allow for the expenditure of sales tax funds for improvements at this new site.
If directed by the IA Board, the first public hearing to consider a substantial amendment to the Northeast Park project could be publicly advertised and conducted at the next Blueprint Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, scheduled for March 31, 2021. The second public hearing can be held in conjunction with the April 8, 2021 IA Board meeting.
The staff also recommends expanding planned bond issuance to fully fund the Northeast Park project at $10 million within the FY 2022 – 2026 Capital Improvement Program.
The meeting agenda states the funding would allow in progress projects to maintain forward momentum without disruption to project funding or implementation schedules.
The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency consists of all Leon County and City of Tallahassee commissioners.