Section 216.052, Florida Statutes 2004
216.052 Community budget requests; appropriations; grants.--
(1) A local, county, or regional governmental entity, private organization, or nonprofit organization may submit a request for a state appropriation for a program, service, or capital outlay initiative that is local or regional in scope, is intended to meet a documented need, addresses a statewide interest, is intended to produce measurable results, and has tangible community support to members of the Legislature, a state agency, or the Governor.
(2) Each appropriation to a local government, a private organization, or a nonprofit organization made pursuant to a community budget request shall require that the community's support be tangibly demonstrated by evidence that the program or service will operate in a financially sound manner. Any appropriation to a local government, a private organization, or a nonprofit organization made pursuant to this section should require local matching funds. The match must be based on the size and scope of the project and the applicant's ability to provide the match. In addition, the granting of state funds shall be used to encourage the establishment of community-based partnerships between the public sector and the private sector.
(3) Each community budget request submitted pursuant to this section must receive a hearing before a body of duly elected public officials before being submitted for consideration.
(4) For requests submitted to members of the Legislature, community budget requests shall be submitted in the form and manner prescribed jointly by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives do not agree on a form and manner of submission to be used by both houses, each may prescribe a form and manner of submission to be used in his or her house.
(5) Community budget requests shall be submitted to the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees in accordance with the schedule established jointly by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives do not agree on a schedule to be used by both houses, each may prescribe a schedule to be used in his or her house.
(6) The Executive Office of the Governor shall prescribe the form and manner of submission of requests to state agencies and to the Governor.
(7) The retention of interest earned on state funds or the amount of interest income earned shall be applied against the state entity's obligation to pay the appropriated amount.
(8) Whenever possible, a loan must be made in lieu of a grant to a local government, a private organization, or a nonprofit organization. It is the intent of the Legislature that a revolving loan program shall be established so that the loan amount plus interest is paid back by the recipient to the state.
(9) Any private or nonprofit organization that is to receive funds through a community budget request shall, at the time of application for such funds, provide information regarding its organization, including a copy of its current budget, a list of its board of directors, and, if available, a copy of its most recent annual audit report prepared by an independent certified public accountant licensed in this state, including management letters or other documents associated with the audit report.
History.--s. 44, ch. 92-142; s. 1158, ch. 95-147; s. 11, ch. 2000-371.