Business Advocacy Committee Update – June 13, 2016


Regular Meeting 6/14/2016

Consideration of a Request by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to Include Industry Stakeholder Input and an Evaluation of Other Transportation Fee Alternatives in the Mobility Fee Study Process

On May 24th, Chamber Chair-Elect Reggie Bouthillier sent a letter to City and County officials regarding the proposed mobility fee study.  In that letter the Chair-Elect proposed an alternative method for evaluating our current system and any changes that may impact development in Leon County.  The proposal included an engaging process in which a team of Chamber members can evaluate the current system and all options for a new impact fee system.  This would happen as a phased approach where a group of Chamber stakeholders will work directly with a consultant to determine what type of system may be the best fit for our business community.

Tomorrow the County is scheduled to discuss this proposal at their regular County Commission meeting.  The item, if approved will allow for a Chamber stakeholder group to directly impact the direction any study will go this Fall.  This phased approach was vetted and approved by The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee.

County staff is recommending the Commission approve this proposal.

To read the full agenda item please click here.


Budget Workshop 6/20/2014

The City Commission budget workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco Street.  The City Commission requested that the budget workshop be held outside of City Hall and later in the evening in an effort to increase citizen participation.  At this workshop, the proposed FY17 budget will be presented.

Budget discussions continue on July 13 (if needed), and with public hearings on September 14 and September 28.  FY17 begins on October 1.

Agendas for all City Commission meetings and workshops are posted here.

They are typically posted no later than the Friday prior to the meeting.


On June 3rd, Ed Murray, on behalf of the Business Advocacy Committee, sent a letter to City Manager Rick Fernandez requesting the City to permanently repeal the Business License Tax in this year’s proposed City budget.

The Chamber has proposed a significant tax break for the business community with this repeal of the Business License Tax.  This $1.9 million tax break for business is an important step for creating a more business friendly environment in Tallahassee.

The Chamber’s mission is to be a catalyst for local business growth, we do that by advocating for policies that create a better business environment.  We believe that repealing the Business License Tax does just that.

We appreciate the City Manager including our recommendation in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 16-17. We look forward to the City Commission’s support of this important tax break for businesses in Tallahassee.