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There are currently 178 Community Redevelopment Areas in the State of Florida, including the City of Oldsmar Community Redevelopment Area.
Examples of traditional projects include: streetscapes and roadway improvements, building renovations, new building construction, flood control initiatives, water and sewer improvements, parking lots and garages, neighborhood parks, sidewalks and street tree plantings. The plan can also include redevelopment incentives such as grants and loans for such things as façade improvements, sprinkler system upgrades, signs, and structural improvements. The redevelopment plan is a living document that can be updated to meet the changing needs within the Community Redevelopment Area; however, the boundaries of the area cannot be changed without starting the process from the beginning.
It is important to note that property tax revenue collected by the School Board and any special district are not affected under the tax increment financing process. Further, unlike in some states, Florida taxing entities write a check to the CRA trust fund, after monies are received from the tax collector.
The tax increment revenues can be used immediately, saved for a particular project, or can be bonded to maximize the funds available. Any funds received from a tax increment financing area must be used for specific redevelopment purposes within the targeted area, and not for general government purposes.
The department is staffed with 20 personnel filling various roles and responsibilities. They include an administrative staff of the fire chief, administrative assistant, 1 fire inspector,1 training officer, and a paramedic EMS coordinator. The administrative staff works a standard Monday through Friday 40-hour work week.
The rest of the staff is comprised of firefighter paramedics, firefighter EMTs, and officers. The firefighters work a 56-hour work week shift schedule of 1 24-hour work period followed by 2 days off. There are a total of 5 personnel assigned to each shift.
Absolutely! Call the fire station at 813-749-1200 to schedule an appointment for a free courtesy inspection.
For additional information on the various boards, please visit the City Boards and Committees webpage.
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