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City of Kissimmee Makes Requests & Urges Support to Legislative Delegation for 2019 Session


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The City of Kissimmee made its case to the Osceola County Legislative Delegation on Thursday, January 17, 2019, for appropriation requests and support to help keep projects moving forward in 2019.

Early Thursday morning Mayor Jose Alvarez presented the City’s top Legislative Priorities to the Osceola County Legislative Delegation, which is comprised of Senator Victor M. Torres Jr., Representative Josie Tomkow, Representative John Cortes, and Representative Mike La Rosa.

The City’s Legislative Priorities were recently approved by the Kissimmee City Commission at a regular meeting held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and are primarily focused on supporting public safety and improving quality of life for residents and visitors.

“This year the Commission worked together to unanimously approve the City’s top issues it would like to receive support on from state legislators during the 2019 session. We have received a lot support from our area’s representatives in Tallahassee in prior years, and we are hopeful that we will receive similar support this year to help us complete important projects around the City,” said Mayor Jose Alvarez.

A summary of the City’s Legislative Priorities are as follows:

Public Safety Training Facility – Request for funding to assist with a $965,000 shortfall to cover the vital firearms targeting system at the City’s new Public Safety Training Complex, which will break ground in Q1 of 2019.

Affordable Housing – Request for $500,000 in funding to construct seven affordable housing rental units in partnership with Osceola County, and Habitat for Humanity of Orlando & Osceola County. The total project cost is $950,000.

Water Quality Improvement – Support and funding on three separate water quality projects:

Hill Street Drainage – Request for $1.2 million to complete the third phase of a drainage project along Hill Street. The first two phases were completed and paid for by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding which has been depleted.

West Oak Street Drainage Improvements – Request for $300,000 to cover the cost of design to improve drainage for residents and businesses due to repetitive flooding and damage after heavy rain events.

Lake Toho Invasive Plant Management – Request the State to act more aggressively to improve Lake Toho’s water quality through the treatment and removal of muck and invasive plant species. Improvement to Lake Toho is vital as it’s the headwaters to the Everglades and would help maintain the fiscal vitality of Kissimmee’s ecotourism economy.

A detailed description of each City of Kissimmee Legislative Priority is available online.

For more information about the City of Kissimmee visit, www.kissimmee.org.