Leon County commissioners vote to withdraw from Downtown CRA

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 14:47:09-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Tallahassee about the Community Redevelopment Agency, better known as the CRA.

Restructuring the CRA is something both the city and county have talked about for a while and now, it looks like those plans are finally coming together.

The county approved an interlocal agreement that would withdraw its participation in the Downtown CRA district. This would save the county an estimated $23 million.

The agreement also calls for expanding the Frenchtown-Southside CRA district to include South City and parts of Orange Avenue and Springhill Road.

All of the commissioners voted to accept the agreement, which shifts the CRA's focus to these communities.

"It will help us to send resources to parts of the Southside that we hadn't traditionally been able to send resources to, because the CRA wasn't in those districts," said Nick Maddox, the Leon County Commission Chair. "So, we get to expand a little bit and do a little more in those particular neighborhoods as well."

The county also approved extending the life of the Frenchtown-Southside District to the year 2038, while another goal is to sunset the county's contributions to the Downtown District by Fiscal Year 2024.

The City Commission will review the interlocal agreement on May 23rd, followed by a final vote by the CRA board the next day.