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Local Government Economic Development Incentives

Chapter 2010-147, L.O.F., amended ss. 125.045 and 166.021, F.S., to impose new economic development reporting requirements on county and municipal governments. By January 15th of each year, each county government shall report to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) the economic development incentives in excess of $25,000 paid to businesses during the previous local fiscal year. Each municipal government having annual revenues or expenditures greater than $250,000 shall also report the economic development incentives in excess of $25,000 paid to businesses during the previous local fiscal year. Please note that municipal governments having annual revenues or expenditures less than $250,000 are exempt from this reporting requirement. Pursuant to law, county and municipal governments must report their economic development incentives in the format specified by EDR.

The online 2021-22 survey has been finalized and can be accessed via the link below. The survey's format and questions are unchanged from last year. In addition to county and municipal governments, Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are asked to complete the survey questionnaire. Pursuant to law, the deadline to complete the survey questionnaire is Sunday, January 15, 2023. However, EDR will accept survey responses through Friday, February 17, 2023, without penalty.

As of January 22, 2023, the 54 counties, 127 municipalities, and 45 CRAs listed in the linked PDF below have satisified the statutory requirement to report economic development incentives to EDR.

Local government officials fulfill this reporting requirement by accessing the online survey at the external website linked below. Prior to beginning the online survey, EDR recommends that the survey respondent print the survey PDF (i.e., the second link below) and gather the relevant information. If no economic development incentives were paid by the local government or CRA in 2021-22 or the total incentives paid to recipients did not exceed the $25,000 threshold, the local official is asked to still complete a shortened version asking only a few qualifying questions and for the relevant contact information. This will allow EDR to have a record of each local government's response.

Sections 125.045(4) and 166.021(8)(d), F.S., also require that a contract between a county's or municipality's governing body, or other entity engaged in economic development activities on behalf of the local government, and an economic development agency must require the agency or entity receiving county or municipal funds to submit a report to the local government's governing body detailing how the funds were spent and the results of the economic development agency's or entity's efforts on behalf of the local government. Pursuant to law, the county or municipal government must post its EDO report on its website by January 15th of each year. Additionally, an electronic copy of the EDO report should be email to EDR as well. Please email the EDO report to Steven O'Cain, EDR Analyst, at ocain.steve@leg.state.fl.us .

 

Last Revised: January 23, 2023