Public Policy Issues in Florida: 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC)

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It is an exciting time in Florida public policy; the once-in-every-two-decades Constitution Revision Commission is in the process of recommending changes to the Florida state constitution. This 4-page fact sheet written by Rodney L. Clouser and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department describes the process and explains how to get involved, evaluate the proposals for changes to the constitution, and cast an informed vote in November 2018.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe1035

2012 Florida Constitutional Amendments series

Voters at a Polling StationIn addition to 2012 being a presidential election year, Florida voters also will be asked to vote on a number of proposed amendments to their state constitution. Many voters remain either unaware or less informed regarding the effects and impacts of the proposed constitutional amendments. This series of 6 fact sheets was written by Rodney L. Clouser, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, July 2012.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_2012_florida_constitutional_amendments

2011 Florida Population Growth Is Third Largest in United States … But Still Not Close to Pre-Recession Levels (FE904)

portrait of large group of peopleOverall, from July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 Florida’s population increased by almost 219,000 people, which was the third largest increase in all US states. In this 4-page fact sheet UF/IFAS economist Rodney L. Clouser explores the implications of this trend. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, March 2012.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe904

2012 Florida Policy Issues and Elections (FE899)

Florida flagSince the legislative session will convene on January 10, rather than on the typical start date in March, it’s time for all Florida residents to begin thinking and educating themselves. This 4-page fact sheet explains some of the key 2012 policy issues. Written by Rodney L. Clouser, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, November 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe899

Ley del Estado de la Florida para el avalúo tributario de tierras según su uso: Preguntas y respuestas sobre la Clasificación Agropecuaria en el Condado de Miami-Dade (FE895)

citrus farm land being broken up into ranchettesUse-value assessment is the most widely used technique in the United States today for maintaining land in agricultural production. Although general guidelines are provided to Florida counties on the application of the state’s use-value assessment law, counties may vary slightly in the application and determination of the agricultural land’s value. Therefore, it is important for agricultural landowners to understand the guidelines used to determine value in the county where the land is assessed and taxed. This 6-page factsheet applies specifically to Miami-Dade County, Florida. Written by Edward A. Evans, Mauricio Mosquera, Rodney L. Clouser y Jonathan Crane, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, August 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe895

2010 Florida Land Value Survey: Farmland Prices Still Down (FE893)

The Florida Farmland Value Survey, conducted by the Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida, provides estimates of the value of different types of agricultural land for geographic regions of the state. The most recent survey was conducted in November–December 2010 for land values in May 2010. It is apparent from the survey responses that the recessionary U.S. and Florida economies, the slower rate of Florida’s population growth, and the decline in the Florida housing construction industry continue to be reflected in a further decline in most Florida farmland values. Other factors such as rising energy related costs, additional costs for disease control for some commodities, and returns to farmland statewide also help explain the decline in the 2010 farmland values. For details, check out this 8-page fact sheet was written by Rodney L. Clouser, Charles Moss, Ronald Muraro, Laila Racevskis, and Robert A. Morris, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, April 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe893

Florida’s Use-Value Assessment Law: Questions and Answers for Miami-Dade County Agricultural Classification (FE890)

Use-value assessment is the most widely used technique in the United States today for maintaining land in agricultural production. Although general guidelines are provided to Florida counties on the application of the state’s use-value assessment law, counties may vary slightly in the application and determination of the agricultural land’s value. Therefore, it is important for agricultural landowners to understand the guidelines used to determine value in the county where the land is assessed and taxed. This 5-page factsheet applies specifically to Miami-Dade County, Florida. Written by Edward A. Evans, Mauricio Mosquera, Rodney L. Clouser, and Jonathan Crane, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, April 2011.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe890

FE840 Using Implicit Economic Multipliers to Guide Local Economic Development: An Agricultural Example in St. Johns County, Florida

FE840, an 8-page fact sheet by Rodney L. Clouser, Mohammad Rahmani, Alan Hodges, and David Dinkins, provides an example of information for a Florida county, using St. Johns County as a model, that can assist in the economic development decision process, which can be completed for minimal expenditures and can aid in the success of economic development efforts. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, August 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe840

FE839 Using Implicit Economic Multipliers to Guide Local Economic Development: An Agricultural Example in Brevard County, Florida

FE839, an 8-page fact sheet by Rodney L. Clouser, Mohammad Rahmani, Alan Hodges, and Jim Fletcher, provides an example of information for a Florida county, using Brevard County as a model, that can assist in the economic development decision process, which can be completed for minimal expenditures and can aid in the success of economic development efforts. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, August 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe839

FE833 2009 Florida Land Value Survey: Farm Land Prices Remain Down

FE833, a 7-page report by Rodney L. Clouser, Ronald Muraro, Laila Racevskis, Charles Moss, and Robert A. Morris, presents the results of the 2009 land value survey to estimate the value of different types of agricultural land for geographic regions of the state. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, March 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe833

FE827 Florida’s Future State and County Policies: 2010 Elections Will Be Significant in Future Policy Choices

FE827, a 5-page fact sheet by Rodney L. Clouser, explains why the 2010 election cycle differs from previous election cycles and notes some of the policy issues those elected in 2010 will be debating and may be legislating that will have long-term implications for the state. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, February 2010.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe827

2007 Agricultural Census Tidbits series

This series of five 6-8 page fact sheets by Rodney L. Clouser reorganizes some of the data collected in the 2007 agricultural census and offers some comments on trends and gaps in the data. Each includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, November 2009.
FE804 Florida Farm Sales Up but National Rank Down
FE805 Florida Farm Acreage Down
FE806 Dominant Farm Organizational Structure in Florida is Small Family Farms
FE807 Organic Production in Florida is Small but Growing
FE808 Florida Agricultural Property Taxes Show Small Increases

FE798 2008 Florida Land Value Survey: Farmland Prices Down

FE798, a 6-page report by Rodney L. Clouser, Ronald Muraro, Laila Racevskis, Charles Moss, and Allen Morris, presents the results of a 2008 land value survey to estimate the value of different types of agricultural land for geographic regions of the state. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, April 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE798

FE791 The Economic Impact of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Volusia County, Florida

FE791, a 17-page report by Rodney L. Clouser, Mohammad Rahmani, and David Mulkey, provides a profile of agriculture and natural resource industries and an overview of their economic impacts in Volusia County, Florida. It is based on data from the IMPLAN Pro database for Florida counties for 2006, the 2002 Census of Agriculture, and the Volusia County Property Appraiser. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, February 2009.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE791

FE754 Economic Impacts of the U.S. Sugar Corporation in Florida: Implications of the Purchase by the State of Florida

Figure 1. Map of U.S. Sugar Corporation lands, state wildlife management areas, stormwater treatment areas, and water conservation areas in South Florida.
FE754, a 10-page illustrated report by Alan W. Hodges, W. David Mulkey, Thomas H. Spreen, and Rodney L. Clouser, evaluate the economic impacts of the current operations of USSC and the potential impact under the proposed purchase, based on publicly available
information from the company’s website (http://www.ussugar.com
) and other sources. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, October 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE754

FE750 A Cornerstone of Alachua County’s Economy and Land Base: The Economic Impact of Agriculture and Natural Resources

FE750, a 12-page report by Rodney L. Clouser and Mohammad Rahmani, provides a profile of agriculture and natural resource industries and an overview of their economic impacts in Alachua County, Florida. The report is based on data from the
IMPLAN Pro database for Florida counties for 2006, data from the 2002 Census of Agriculture and data from reports by the Alachua County Property Appraiser. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, September 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE750

Taxation and Budget Reform Commission Recommendations 2008 series

A series of 16 fact sheets by Rodney L. Clouser, inform the public on issues related to statutory and constitutional proposals adopted by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission (TBRC). Fact sheets FE733 through FE741 address statutory changes and fact sheets FE742 through FE748 address constitutional amendments. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, August 2008.

Statutory Recommendations

  • FE733 Florida Tax Reform: Taxation and Budget Reform
    Commission (TBRC)
  • FE735 Ballot Summary Length
  • FE738 Expansion of Faith- and Character-Based Initiatives in Florida’s Correction System
  • FE736 Just Value Assessment of Real and Tangible Personal Property and Burden of Proof
  • FE741 Requiring Certain Constitutional Officers, Boards, and Other Taxing Authorities to Submit Line Item, Zero-Based Budgets to County Commissions
  • FE734 Residential Property Assessment for Storm Hardening Improvement and Installation of Renewable Energy Source Devices
  • FE739 Sales and Use Tax Exemption Review Committee
  • FE737 Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement
  • FE740 Transportation Funding

Constitutional Amendments

  • FE742 Constitutional Amendment 3: Changes and Improvements Not Affecting the Assessed Value of Residential Real Property
  • FE743 Constitutional Amendment 4: Property Tax Exemption of Perpetually Conserved Land; Classification and Assessment of Land Used for Conservation
  • FE744 Constitutional Amendment 5: Eliminating State Required School Property Tax and Replacing with Equivalent State Revenues to Fund Education
  • FE745 Constitutional Amendment 6: Assessment of Working Waterfront Property Based upon Current Use
  • FE746 Constitutional Amendment 7: Religious Freedom
  • FE747 Constitutional Amendment 8: Local Option Community College Funding
  • FE748 Constitutional Amendment 9: Requiring 65 Percent of School Funding for Classroom Instruction; State’s Duty for Children’s Education

FE710/FE710 2007 Florida Land Value Survey

FE-710, a 6-page fact sheet by Rodney L. Clouser, Ronald Muraro, Laila Racevskis, and Charles Moss, provides estimates of the value of different types of agricultural land for geographic regions of the state, based on a survey conducted in October 2007 for land values in May 2007. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, March 2008.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE710