The Florida League of Cities on Monday outlined a list of legislative priorities, urging Senate Community Affairs Committee members to avoid the temptation to restrict the ability of local officials to levy taxes, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.
The cities would also like lawmakers to help deal with costly pension plans that in some cases have become financially unsustainable.
Scott Dudley, director of legislative affairs for the association of 410 cities, walked committee members through the group’s wish list for the upcoming 2012 session, urging lawmakers to give locals as much flexibility as possible in such fiscally constrained times.
“Economic success begins with cities,” Dudley told members. “Cities are the state’s economic engines