Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1622 By Senator Abruzzo 25-01467-14 20141622__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to municipal road projects; providing 3 a short title; creating the Disadvantaged Cities Road 4 Assistance Program within the Department of 5 Transportation to provide funding for certain road 6 projects; defining the term “disadvantaged city”; 7 providing criteria for selection of municipalities to 8 receive funding; authorizing the department to 9 administer contracts on behalf of a municipality; 10 requiring funded projects to be included in the 11 department’s work program; providing an effective 12 date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Disadvantaged cities road improvement.— 17 (1) This section may be cited as the “Disadvantaged Cities 18 Road Improvement Act.” 19 (2) The Legislature recognizes that it is in the public 20 interest to provide a source of funding for disadvantaged cities 21 to resurface or reconstruct municipal roads. The Legislature 22 finds that investment in disadvantaged cities that meet the 23 criteria in this section has a high probability of creating 24 jobs, increasing economic activity, improving safety, and 25 increasing property values to assist disadvantaged cities to 26 achieve and maintain economic sustainability. 27 (3) There is created the Disadvantaged Cities Road 28 Assistance Program within the Department of Transportation. The 29 purpose of the program is to assist disadvantaged municipal 30 governments in resurfacing or reconstructing municipal roads. 31 (4) As used in this section, the term “disadvantaged city” 32 means a municipality: 33 (a) That has a population of 40,000 or less according to 34 the most recent federal census; 35 (b) With at least 25 percent of its population below the 36 poverty level; and 37 (c) That has a combined millage rate exceeding 8.5 mills in 38 its most recent fiscal year. 39 (5) Beginning with fiscal year 2014-2015, up to $25 million 40 annually from the State Transportation Trust Fund may be used 41 for the purposes of funding the Disadvantaged Cities Road 42 Assistance Program. 43 (6) Disadvantaged cities may compete for funds that have 44 been designated for the program for resurfacing or 45 reconstruction projects on roads that were part of the municipal 46 road system on January 1, 2010. Capacity improvements on 47 municipal roads are not eligible for funding under the program. 48 (a) In determining a municipality’s eligibility for funds 49 under the program, the department may consider whether the 50 municipality has attempted to keep its roads in satisfactory 51 condition. The department may also consider the extent to which 52 the municipality has offered to provide a match of local funds 53 for the state funds provided under the program. To receive funds 54 under the program, a municipality must provide at least 25 55 percent of the total project cost. 56 (b) The following criteria must be used to prioritize road 57 projects for funding: 58 1. The primary criteria are: 59 a. The physical condition of the road as measured by the 60 department. 61 b. Whether the road is to be resurfaced or reconstructed as 62 part of a municipality’s comprehensive resurfacing or 63 reconstruction of the road, including whether the municipality 64 will contemporaneously install or repair utilities related to 65 the road, including water, sewer, drainage, or sidewalks. 66 2. The secondary criteria are: 67 a. Whether the road is used as an evacuation route or leads 68 to an evacuation route. 69 b. Whether the road is within a 1-mile radius of a school. 70 (7) The Department of Transportation may administer 71 contracts on behalf of a municipality selected to receive 72 funding for a project under this section. All projects funded 73 under this section shall be included in the department’s work 74 program. 75 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.