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Leon County Commissioners to vote on future of COCA

Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 17:42:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Leon County Board of Commissioners had a full agenda Tuesday, discussing the Florida Hate Crime Coalition, Funding for a Carillon Bell Tower at the Tallahassee National Cemetery, and Funding for the Council on Culture and the Arts.

Funding for COCA is a big topic expected to bring out a lot of public comment.

Most of the people in attendance Tuesday afternoon were wearing COCA stickers and ready to talk about why the county needs to continue to support it. The county is looking at pulling away from its partnership with COCA and instead create an arts and culture part of the tourism division.

Right now, about 82 percent of COCA's money comes from grants and other funding from Leon County.

Most commissioners are in favor of continuing to support COCA

The commission also moved to join the Florida Hate Crime Coalition. That coalition is pushing for Florida hate crime laws to include gender, gender identity, and physical disability.

Commissioners said they hope by joining the coalition that legislature will pass a bill changing that language more quickly.