LWVHC SUPPORT POSITION SUMMARY

Government

Structure:

  • Support of the elimination of duplicating functions, separation of legislative and executive functions, extension of home-rule power and accountability to the electorate through proper districting and the provision of referendum, initiative and recall powers to citizens. (1959, 1967, 1969, 1983)

  • Support of the Environmental Protection Commission and Planning Commission with enough independence and authority to function effectively and efficiently. (1983)

Funding:

  • Support of the utilization of local option increases in the sales tax when necessary to more adequately fund essential services. (1982, 1986)

  • Support of fair, equitable and workable impact fees as an appropriate method of financing public services and facilities made necessary by new development. (1981)

Handgun Control:

  • Support of handgun regulation which balances individual rights with public interest. (1989 by concurrence)

Education

  • Support of in-school disciplinary alternatives to out-of-school suspensions. (1977)

  • Support of public school curricula and activities which avoid excessive entanglement with religion. (1984)

  • Support of health care clinics in secondary schools. (1987)

  • Support of grouping public school grades 6 through 8 into middle schools, the organization of which should be as consistent as possible with LWVHC criteria for grade level structuring. (1990)

Justice

  • Support of alternatives to incarceration whenever possible. (1976)

  • Support of First Presentation procedures that protect the rights of those arrested. (1980)

Social Policy

Foster Care:

  • Support of a foster care system that provides continuity of care in a stable, nurturing environment, staffed by professionally trained care givers with regular access to support services until children can be either reunited with parent/guardians or placed with adoptive parents.

  • Support the establishment of residential group homes as an alternative to inadequate individual foster homes. (1995)

Sustainability

Sustainable Communities

  • Support sustainable concepts (ways of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future to meet their needs), infrastructure, programs and initiatives that balance natural, social and economic systems. (2000)

    Natural Resources - Resource Management

Land Use Positions -Zoning

  • Support of the appropriateness of congregate living facility siting in residential districts. (1980-1981)

  • Support of equitable procedures to reduce the number, size and types of signs in Hillsborough County. (1985)

Freshwater Resources- Water Issues in Tri-county Bay Area(1995)

  • Support county government tying land use permits for development to the availability of an adequate potable water supply.

  • Support local and regional water suppliers requiring water-efficient plumbing in all new and remodeling construction

  • Support, when economically feasible, rebates for replacement of plumbing fixtures with water efficient fixtures.

  • Support public utility water rates based on consumption in an inverted rate structure with the establishment of a baseline for average use. Water used above the baseline should be billed at a progressively higher rate.

  • Support county and municipal governments operating wastewater treatment plants setting a goal of re-using 100% of reclaimed wastewater.

  • Support local governments promoting the reclamation, storage and reuse of storm water.

  • Encourage private cisterns for irrigation purposes.

  • Support water suppliers exploring the feasibility of building reverse osmosis/desalination plants.

  • Support presenting water bills in a format using gallons instead of cubic feet of water to ensure the public is adequately informed about water consumption.

  • Support new water sources priority list: (1) Conservation; (2) Use of re-claimed water; (3) Re-use of storm water; (4) Reverse osmosis of brackish water; (5) Private cisterns; (6) Desalination of Gulf water; (7) Surface water from rivers and streams (tied to #6); and (8) New well fields.

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