FCCMA 2018 Spring Symposium
Ad Valorem Taxes and Alternative Revenue Sources

Friday, March 16, 2018 · 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University ∙ Room 214, Cohen Center ∙ 10501 FGCU Boulevard South ∙ Fort Myers

Co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter

Click here to register and receive $25 off from the registration fee.

Historically, the ad valorem tax has been a stable and critical revenue source to fund basic local government services. With continued market uncertainties since the recession, coupled with the legislative mandates and referendums to further increase tax exemptions, this revenue source has become increasing challenging to forecast. Attendees will receive a thorough review of the state’s 2018 legislative actions and the anticipated impacts that local governments can expect from these mandates. Understanding and implementing alternative revenue sources has become more important than ever before and understanding the methods/experiences that have been successfully utilized to add these alternative revenue sources have become increasingly valuable. Attendees at this year’s spring symposium will hear presentations from city and county officials, representing both urban and rural governments, on the methods/best practices they are following to project their revenues during these challenging times. Attendees will also be provided with a template on lessons learned when considering a fire assessment fee and will be encouraged to participate in a closing panel of diverse city and county managers who will summarize their thoughts on the day’s discussions. There is probably no better time to hold a symposium on this important topic (immediately after the legislative session and immediately before serious local government budget preparations/deliberations). Please register as soon as possible as seating is limited.

8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:15 am
Moderator: Charles Chapman, County Administrator, Hendry County

9:15 – 10:30 am
How to Plan/Access the Use of Ad Valorem Taxes and Other Important Alternative Revenue Sources
Steve Botelho, Deputy County Administrator, Sarasota County; Jared Myer, Treasury Manager, Largo; and Meridy Semones, OMB Manager, Largo

10:30 – 10:45 am

10:45 – 12:00 pm
2018 State Legislative Session Update on the Impacts to City/County Revenues
Amber Hughes, Senior Legislative Advocate, Florida League of Cities; and John Wayne Smith, Peebles and Smith

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Do’s and Don’ts in Establishing a Fire Assessment Fee
David Jahosky, Managing Director, Government Services Group; and Jeff Rackley, Senior Project Manager, Government Services Group

2:15 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 3:45 pm
Panel Discussion on Symposium Topics
Terry Atchley, City Manager, Wauchula; Mandy Hines, County Administrator, DeSoto County; Jonathan Lewis, County Administrator, Sarasota County; and Judie Zimomra, City Manager, Sanibel