What Central Florida voters need to know about ballot initiatives

What Central Florida voters need to know about ballot initiatives


On the Ballot: What Central Florida voters need to know about ballot initiatives



>> RIGHT NOW ON WESH 2. TIME FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA TO CAST OUR VOTES IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. THERE IS A LOT MORE THAN NAMES ON THIS YEAR’S BALLOT. >> THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD TOTALLY IMPROVE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. >> BETTER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN EXCHANGE ON YOUR VOTE FOR A PENNY INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX. >> TRANSPORTATION DEDICATED FUNDING IS MOSTLY AIMED AT MAKING SURE THEY COULD WRITE THE CHECK AND PAY THE BILL? >> CORRECT. >> AN ORDINANCE TO CAP RENT INCREASES PUSHING SO MANY BUDGETS TO THE BRINK. >> I COULD NOT HANDLE ANOTHER $300 INCREASE ON MY RENT. >> IT IS ALL ON THE BALLOT IN OUR COMMITMENT 2022 ELECTION SPECIAL. HERE IS MICHELLE IMPERATO. MICHELLE: IT IS ALMOST ELECTION DAY. IN ORANGE COUNTY, VOTING ON ISSUES LIKE HOW MUCH TAX YOU PLAY ON — PAY ON PURCHASES. HOW YOU GET AROUND OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW MUCH RENT MIGHT GO UP. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ORANGE COUNTY ISSUES, THE OUTCOMES WILL IMPACT ALL CENTRAL FLORIDIANS. TONIGHT WE ARE GOING IN-DEPTH ON BALLOT INITIATIVES TO HELP YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISION COME ELECTION DAY. FIRST UP, THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SURTAX. YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD THIS CALLED THE PENNY SALES TAX. THE PITCH IS TO INCREASE ORANGE COUNTY SALES TAX BY 1% TO HELP PAY FOR AN OVERHAUL OF THE REGIONAL TRANSIT SYSTEM. MORE BUSES, MORE STOPS, SHORTER RUTES. BETTER AND SAFER WAYS TO WALK THE STREETS OF ORANGE COUNTY OR RIDE YOUR BIKE. IT IS THE $600 MILLION PROPOSITION THAT ORANGE COUNTY MAYOR JERRY DEMINGS IS BACKING. HE SAYS TO BRING THE TRANSPORTATION TRANSFORMATION TO THE AREA. THE DATA SHOWS THE SALES TAX INCREASE FROM 6.5 TWO 7.5% WILL COST THE AVERAGE FAMILY $300 PER YEAR. PROPONENTS SAY COST WILL BE OFFSET WITH A VARIETY OF SAVINGS FROM CASH TO TIME. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS LARGELY SUPPORTING IT TOO. CITING IT AS A WAY TO MODERNIZE CENTRAL FLORIDA. OPPONENTS SAY THERE IS NO WAY OUR COMMUNITY COULD AFFORD A TAX INCREASE. WE ARE BREAKING DOWN THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE TAX AS WELL AS WHAT IT WILL DO IF IT IS PAST. THAT IS WHERE WE START. WESH 2 TRANSPORTATION REPORTER MEGAN MACKEY LOOKS AT HOW THE TAX COULD CHANGE THE PUBLIC TO — TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE. >> I HAD A CAR, I GAVE IT UP BECAUSE IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE TO KEEP IT GOING. I LOVE DRIVING. I CAN’T AFFORD IT. THIS IS REALLY THE BEST ALTERNATIVE. >> JOE MCINTOSH LIVES OFF CURRY ROAD AND COMMUTES AN HOUR AND A HALF EACH WAY JUST TO GET HER JOB. THAT IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT WOULD TAKE IT WOULD TAKE IF SHE DROVE A CAR. >> ON SOME OF THE BUS ROUTES IT IS KIND OF LIKE EVERY HALF HOUR. EVEN THE CONNECTION ISN’T VERY GOOD. MEGAN: I RODE WITH HER BETWEEN THE PREMIUM OUTLETS ALONG THE LINKS CENTRAL STATION. NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY, LYNX SAYS THIS IS THEIR BUSIEST. >> THIS BUS IS FULL A LOT OF THE TIME. IT IS AMAZING HOW FULL IT IS IN ONLY 15 MINUTE INTERVALS. ESPECIALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY. THE OTHER DAY I GOT ON THIS BUS AFTER 6:00 AND IT WAS PACKED. MEGAN: LYNX SAYS THE FIRST THING THEY WOULD SEE IS MORE BUSES, INCREASED FREQUENCY, AND ADDED ROUTES. SOMEONE LIKE JILL HAS A MORE DIRECT TRIP. >> WE ARE FOCUSED ON GETTING EVERYONE DOWNTOWN AND PUTTING EVERYONE BACK ONTO THE SYSTEM. REALLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS SPREAD IT OUT SO EVERYONE HAS TO GO DOWNTOWN. SO THEY CAN GO THROUGH THE SERVICE AREA WITHOUT GOING DOWNTOWN. MEGAN: LYNX WOULD CREATE TRANSIT CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTY AND HELP THEM MAKE THIS WITHOUT WRITING DOWNTOWN. MORE SHELTERS AT BUS STOPS, DEDICATED BUS LANES BUT MOST NOTABLY, MORE BUSES. THE COUNTY WANTS TO MORE THAN DOUBLED THE FLEET SIZE. >> IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME IS IMPORTANT TO THEM. MEGAN: CHARLES RELIES ON LINKS AS HIS SOLE MODE AS TRANSPORTATION. HE WAS INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT 10 YEARS AGO AND LOST PART OF HIS LEG. >> SOME OF THE OLDER BUSES, WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE RAMP’S OPENING AND CLOSING BY THEMSELVES ELECTRONICALLY. MEGAN: MOST THAT I SPOKE WITH SAID THE INCREASED FREQUENCY, CUTTING DOWN ON TRIP TIME IS WHAT THEY WANT THE MOST AND WHY THEY WANT THE TAX PLAN APPROVED. >> WE ARE TRYING TO FEED OUR FAMILY TO PAY BILLS. ONE DAY YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE A CAR. YOU ARE GOING TO FIND OUT HOW TIME-CONSUMING THAT IS. >> ALL VOTERS SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS. IT IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. LYNX NEEDS TO HELP. WHERE ELSE WILL THE MONEY GO? WE NEED STUFF FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT DEPENDS ON THE BUS. >> IS IT WILL THEN AFFECT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE THAT USE IT TO COMMUTE EVERY DAY, IT IS WORTH IT. DEFINITELY WORTH IT. >> THE 1% TAX IS SET TO GENERATE $600,000 — $600 MILLION A YEAR. LYNX AND SUNRAIL ARE ONE CATEGORY, GETTING 45% OR $270 MILLION. SUNRAIL, WHICH CURRENTLY OPERATES MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WILL START RUNNING A LOT MORE. >> NOT ONLY WOULD YOU HAVE MORE FREQUENT SERVICE, ALSO PROVIDING SERVICE DURING THE WEEKEND AND HOLIDAYS. MEGAN: ADDING NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS WILL INCREASE SUNRAIL RIDERSHIP. THAT MEANS BUILDING NEW TRACKS AND COORDINATING WITH BRIGHT LIGHT. THE SERVICE ABOUT TO STOP ON — START OPERATING. WITH A NEW CASH INFUSION, SUNRAIL WOULD EXPAND VIA THE ORANGE BLOSSOM EXPRESS. PLACES LIKE ROSEMONT, APOPKA, AND ZELLWOOD WOULD HAVE SUNRAIL STOPS. FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY, GETTING OFF THAT TRAIN OR BUS IS REALLY JUST THE START OF THEIR JOURNEY. >> THAT JOURNEY COULD BE A HARROWING ONE. FOR FULL TO STEP OFF THE BUS IN PINE HILLS, THIS IS A DECISION THEY FACE EVERY DAY, WHERE AND WHEN TO DODGE TRAFFIC WITH CROSSWALKS IN SHORT SUPPLY. THE ORLANDO AREA IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACES IN THE COUNTRY FOR PEDESTRIANS. OUT OF THE $600 MILLION THE PENNY SALES TAX IS EXPECTED TO GENERATE, THE COUNTY SAYS ABOUT 22% OF THAT WILL GO TOWARDS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS. PINE HILLS IS ONE OF THE AREAS THEY PLAN TO WORK ON. >> THEY NEED TO. WE NEED SAFE CROSSING. >> WIDER SIDEWALKS, NEW SIDEWALKS. REPORTER: WE CHECKED IN WITH THE HEAD OF THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING DIVISION ABOUT SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS PEDESTRIANS COULD SEE. >> ENHANCED CROSSWALKS, FRESHLY PAINTED CROSSWALKS. EQUIPMENT AT INTERSECTIONS TO FACILITATE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. REPORTER: ALL ENHANCEMENTS THAT ROMNEY WOULD WOULD LOVE TO SEE. >> THIS WAS RONINIE FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS HIT IN A CROSSWALK. >> I COULD NOT MOVE. I WAS INSTANTLY IN THE WORST PAIN OF MY LIFE. REPORTER: SHE SEWED — SHOWS US HER SCAR. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE CRASH, ROMNEY IS CROSSING THIS STRETCH AGAIN. AFTER IMPROVEMENTS WERE MADE, SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. >> THE BLINKING LIGHTS, BETTER PAINT ON THE ROADWAY. I COULD SEE MORE EDUCATION. REPORTER: RONNIE TURNED THE ACCIDENT TO HER FOCUS. >> SO PEOPLE ARE MORE AWARE. REPORTER: THAT IS WHAT FOLKS WHO ARE ON WHEELS WANT TOO. WE WENT FOR A RIDE ALONG. WE CRUISED ALONG THE DRIVE, A HIGHLY TRAFFICKED ROAD. THIS STRETCH, WITHOUT A BIKE LANE. >> IT IS A LITTLE NERVE-RACKING, THESE CARS ARE GOING FAST. >> I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE DEDICATED BIKE LANES. REPORTER: THAT IS SOMETHING THE COUNTY IS PLANNING. >> NEW BICYCLE LANES. THE OFF-ROAD BICYCLE FACILITIES SHARED BETWEEN BICYCLES AND PEDESTRIANS. REPORTER: BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY GOES HAND IN HAND. >> I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FULL PROJECT COME TO LIFE. REPORTER: SHE HOPES THIS CROSSWALK WILL LEAD TO MORE BIKE LANES. >> THIS IS INVESTING IN OUR ROADWAYS, THE FUNDING TO BUILD THE BIKE. >> BRIAN SANDERS POINTS TO THE DASHBOARD. THIS SHOWS PROJECTS THAT THE COUNTY HAS ALREADY ZEROED IN ON. BASED ON DEFICIENCIES AND CRASH STATISTICS. SHANICE CARR HOPES THEY TAKE AN IMPACT TO SAFETY AFTER HER NINE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WAS KILLED SEVEN YEARS AGO. >> IT RIPPED MY FAMILY TO PIECES. REPORTER: WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD TRULY IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN ORANGE COUNTY? >> MORE SENSE OF COMMUNITY. IF SOMEBODY IS RUSHING TO GO SOMEWHERE AND THEY RUN A RED LIGHT, THEY RUN A RED LIGHT. WE HAVE TO START SEEING EACH OTHER IN COMMUNITIES TO HAVE RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER. IF WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT AND RAISE AWARENESS, THAT MINDSET IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. >> NOT EVERYONE IS ON BOARD WITH HOW TO PAY FOR TRANSIT CHANGES. >> I THINK IT IS JUST SILLY TO RAISE TAXES DURING A RECESSION. HIGH GAS PRICES, RISING INTEREST RATES. THIS 1% TAX IS A PENNY TOO MANY. >> MORE OF THEIR REASONS WHY WHEN ON THE BALLOT CONTINUES. MICHELLE: WE JUST TOLD YOU WHAT THE ORANGE COUNTY SALES TAX COULD DO IF IT IS PASSED. A BETTER BUS SYSTEM, MORE SUNRAIL, SAFER OPTIONS FOR BIKERS. THAT MEANS 50% PLUS ONE. OPPONENTS SAY YOU SHOULD ASK THE TAX. THEY FOUND OUT WHY THEY ARE ORGANIZING AGAINST IT. >> PEOPLE DON’T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY. >> THEY HAVEN’T SHOWN THEMSELVES RESPONSIBLE. >> I DON’T TRUST IT. I WOULD NOT BEFORE IT — BE FOR IT. REPORTER: NOT THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE HAD THEIR SAY ON A TAX INCREASE. IN 2000 THREE, VOTERS SHOT DOWN A PROPOSAL CALLED MOBILITY 2020. ALMOST 20 YEARS LATER, A NEW VERSION OF THE TAX GROUP THAT FOUGHT THIS HALFPENNY TRANSPORTATION TAX IN 2003 IS ONCE AGAIN URGING A NO VOTE. >> HIGH GAS PRICES, RISING INTEREST RATES. THIS 1% TAX IS A PENNY TOO MANY. >> YOU ARE HURTING THEM AND THEN YOU WILL ADD INSULT TO INJURY. >> WE JUST HAVE TO BE HONEST. I’M NOT QUITE SURE THAT PLAN WAS TRULY HONEST. REPORTER: VICTORIA IS ONE OF THE THREE COMMISSIONERS WHO VOTED AGAINST ATTACKS — AGAINST THE TAX BACK IN APRIL. SHE’S PUT — SUSPECTS IT WAS PRIMARILY PROMOTED BY THE MAYOR TO PROVIDE A STREAM OF FUNDING FOR SUNRAIL. >> YOU HAVE A SUNRAIL THAT IS GETTING READY TO LOSE FUNDING AND A DEDICATED SOURCE OF FUNDING IS NEEDED FOR ITS SURVIVAL. THAT IS THE MAIN REASON I BELIEVE THAT THIS TRANSPORTATION TAX IS BEING PUT FORTH. REPORTER: IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS THE STATE IS EXPECTED TO TURN OVER OPERATIONS TO OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THEY WILL RUN THE COMMUTER TRAINS THAT OPERATE AT ROUGHLY A $41 MILLION ANNUAL DEFICIT, ACCORDING TO A SPOKESWOMAN, YES THE TAX IS COVERED ORANGE COUNTY’S PORTION OF THE SUNRAIL IN OPERATING AND CAPITAL EXPENSE. OTHERS WHO QUESTION THE NEED FOR A TRANSPORTATION TAX .2 EXPLOSIVE CONSTRUCTION OF HOMES AND COMMUNITIES LIKE HORIZON WEST, SOUTH OF WINTER GARDEN. BUILDERS PAY BETWEEN 6400 DOLLARS AND NEARLY $15,000 IN TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEES. ALL OF THOSE APARTMENTS GOING UP, DEVELOPERS PAY BETWEEN $1500 AND MORE THAN $8,000 PER UNIT IN TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEES. SOME CRITICS BELIEVE DEVELOPERS WHO PAY THOSE IMPACT FEES WILL USE THE PASSAGE OF THE TRANSPORTATION TAX TO GO BACK TO THE COUNTY AND SAY YOU’VE GOT ALL THIS NEW MONEY COMING IN, LET’S SEE A REDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEES THAT WE PAY. >> THE FOCUS IS TO MAKE SURE NEW DEVELOPMENT PAYS FOR THEIR IMPACT ON EXISTING LIVES. THAT MEANS SIDEWALKS, ROADS. REPORTER: A COMMISSIONER SENT US ANOTHER ON THE COUNTY BOARD WHO VOTED AGAINST THE TAX PLAN. >> WE ARE SUPPLANTING THE OBLIGATION THAT THEY HAVE. REPORTER: THE MAYOR’S SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE COUNTY MUST LOOK AT OTHER REVENUE SOURCES AS A PART OF THE IMPACT FEE CALCULATIONS. THIS WILL BE REQUIRED UNDER FLORIDA LAW TO ENSURE NEW GROWTH DOESN’T PAY TWICE FOR THE SAME INFRASTRUCTURE. NOT ONLY DOES WILSON BELIEVE DEVELOPERS SHOULD NOT GET ANY BREAKS. SHE BELIEVES TOO LITTLE OF THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON MASS TRANSIT, ESPECIALLY ADDING EAST-WEST ROUTES FOR LYNX BUSES AND A TRUE LINE FOR SUNRAIL COMMUTERS WHO WANT TO GET FROM THE LAKE COUNTY LINE TO UCF AND BEYOND. SHE ALSO BELIEVES SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE DWARFED BY MORE ROAD PAVEMENT. >> THE LACK OF COMMITMENT TO EAST-WEST, THE LACK OF COMMITMENT TO EFFECTIVE MASS TRANSIT TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PREVENTED ME FROM ULTIMATELY SUPPORTING IT. REPORTER: VOTERS WILL DECIDE IF PAYING AN EXTRA PENNY MAKE SENSE TO FILL THEIR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS. >> IT WILL BE NICE TO NOT HAVE TO WORRY EVERY PAY PERIOD ABOUT MY RENT. >> ORANGE COUNTY VOTERS BEING ASKED TO HELP STABILIZE RENT INCREASES. WHO IS BACKING IT AND WHO IS LEADING THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST CAPPING THE RENT? . NEXT. MICHELLE: WELCOME BACK TO ON THE BALLOT, OUR WESH 2 COMMITMENT 2022 SPECIAL ABOUT THE INITIATIVES ON ORANGE COUNTIES BALLOT. THE COST OF THE HOME IS BEING AFFORDED ON ALL OF US, WHETHER YOU OWN OR RENT. VOTERS ARE BEING ASKED TO DECIDE IF RENTERS SHOULD GET A BREAK. IT WOULD COME IN THE FORM OF HOW MUCH A MONTHLY HOUSING COSTS COULD INCREASE. IT WOULD LIMIT HOW MUCH RENT COULD GO UP NEXT YEAR IF YOU LIVE IN CERTAIN TYPES OF MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS. OPPONENTS TELL ME THE ORDINANCE WILL SOLVE THE HOUSING SHORTAGE. THEY BELIEVE THE ORDINANCE MIGHT BE AGAINST THE LAW. SUPPORTERS SAY IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH THE HOUSING CRISIS FACING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. >> THINGS ARE REALLY TIGHT RIGHT NOW. IT HAS BEEN A BIT STRESSFUL. MICHELLE: SARAH’S RENT IS GOING UP $150 A MONTH, STRETCHING HER BUDGET TO THE LIMIT. SHE WILL BE PAYING ROUGHLY $1900 FOR A ONE BED, ONE BATH. SHE COULD BE CONSIDERED LUCKY. $150 IS ON THE LOWER END OF RENT INCREASES. I HAVE SPOKE WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO SAID RENT SKYROCKETED JUMPING 500, 6 HUNDRED, EVEN $1000 A MONTH. THEY FEEL TRAPPED OR FORCED TO LEAVE A PLACE THAT THEY CALL HOME. >> SOME PEOPLE MOVED IN WITH OTHER FAMILY SO YOU HAVE MULTIPLE FAMILIES LIVING TOGETHER, SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR. MICHELLE: COUNTY COMMISSIONER EMILY BONILLA SAYS THE SITUATION IS DIRE. THAT IS WHY SHE STABILIZED — SUPPORTED THE RENT STABILIZATION ON THE BALLOT. IT WILL GIVE SOME RENTERS A BREAK. RENTERS WHO CANNOT KEEP PAYING MORE. >> I COULD NOT HANDLE ANOTHER $300 INCREASE. ONE YEAR, 2023, LANDLORDS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RAISE RENT HIGHER THAN THE RATE OF INFLATION. IT ONLY APPLIES TO CERTAIN TYPES OF RENTALS. BUILDINGS WITH FOUR OR MORE UNITS. LANDLORDS FEEL THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP THE RENT DOWN COULD APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION. IF LANDLORDS DON’T COMPLY WITH THE LAW, THEY COULD FACE FINES. >> SHELTER, FOOD, HEALTH CARE, TAKING CARE OF THE SHELTER PART. MICHELLE: IT WENT BEFORE THE ORANGE COUNTY COMMISSION. DISTRICT TWO COMMISSIONER CHRISTINE MOORE VOTED AGAINST IT THEN BECAUSE SHE SAYS IT WON’T HELP EVERYONE. >> THE REAL SOLUTION IS INCREASING THE SUPPLY. WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY TO HAVE RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE RIGHT PLACES. THE ORDINANCE ITSELF REALLY TO ME IS FALSE HOPE. IT IS ONLY A SMALL SUBSET OF THE TOTAL RENTAL MARKET. MICHELLE: IT HAS OTHER OPPONENTS. THE FLORIDA REALTORS ASSOCIATION SUITED TO BLOCK IT FROM BEING ON THE BALLOT. A JUDGE DENIED THAT INJUNCTION BUT WROTE IN HIS RULING THE ORDINANCE MIGHT NOT BE LEGAL. THE REASON? FLORIDA ROCK — LAW PROHIBITS RENT CAPS WITHOUT CERTAIN THRESHOLDS BEING MET. THEY ARE APPEALING THE DECISION. BOTH DECLINED MY REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW. IN STATEMENTS TOLD ME THEY ARE DISAPPOINTING AND PLANNED TO KEEP FIGHTING THE MEASURE. THEY PLAN TO DO THAT IN COURT AND THROUGH THE ACTION COMMITTEE. >> RENT CONTROL IS ON THE BALLOT. MICHELLE: SEEING THIS COMMERCIAL FROM THE APARTMENT ASSOCIATION’S ACTION COMMITTEE. PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE AGREE ON TWO THINGS. A LACK OF HOUSING ON ALL PRICE POINTS IS A BIG PART. A RED CAP IS NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. SUPPORTERS SAY IT IS HELPING PEOPLE RIGHT NOW. >> THERE IS NO OTHER SCENARIO WHERE YOU WOULD KNOW THIS COMPLEX CAUSED BY A LOT OF DISASTERS. MICHELLE: GINA WORKS FOR FLORIDA RISING, AN ORGANIZATION UNDER RENT CONTROL. IT ABSOLUTELY NEEDS TO FIND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS. THERE COULD BE CONSIDERABLE CONSEQUENCES. >> YOU CAN’T GO TO YOUR JOB AND SAY WE NEED YOU TO WORK OUT 300 MORE DOLLARS OF INCOME. THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY HOURS IN A DAY. WHEN YOU HIT THAT MAX PEOPLE ARE GETTING SQUEEZED OUT OF HOUSING. MICHELLE: ORANGE COUNTY EMPLOYERS COULD LOSE THEIR WORKFORCE IF PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE HERE. LANDLORDS SAY IF THE COUNTY CAP’S RENT IT COULD LOSE DEVELOPERS. >> THEY WILL NOT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP MORE RENTALS, CREATING A BIGGER SHORTAGE. IT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU ARE TRYING. MICHELLE: HIS EXPENSES HAVE GONE UP TOO, TAXES, INSURANCE, LIKE MANY LANDLORDS MANY FELT THIS ORDINANCE WOULD IMPACT HIM AND HIS DUPLEXES, IT WON’T. STILL HE THINKS IT IS THE WRONG MOVE. >> INCENTIVIZE DEVELOPERS AND BUILDERS TO BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BY PLACING IMPACT FEES IN THE AREA IN THE MARKETPLACE. MICHELLE: COMMISSIONERS BONILLA AND MOORE SAYS THE COUNTY IS EXPLORING OPTIONS ON A LARGER SCALE. RIGHT NOW IT IS UP FOR VOTERS TO DECIDE IN THE SHORT TERM WHAT HAPPENS TO RENT NEXT YEAR. THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THIS ORDINANCE IS STILL MOVING FORWARD. IF THE BOARD’S RULE AGAINST THE ORDINANCE, EVEN IN VOTERS APPROVE IT, THE RENT STABILIZATION WOULD NOT BECOME LAW. THIS ISSUE MIGHT NOT TRULY BE SETTLED UNTIL AFTER ELECTION DAY. ORANGE COUNTY IS NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING WITH HOW TO DEAL WITH HOUSING COSTS. RIVARD COUNTY VOTERS ARE BEING ASKED FOR AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST FUND DEDICATED TO MORE RENTAL AND HOME OPTIONS. WE HAVE MORE ON THAT PROPOSAL AS WELL AS THE RENT STABILIZATION COORDINATES AND THE TRANSPORTATION PROPOSAL ON WEST.COM. EARLY VOTING RUNS UNTIL NOVEMBER 5 AND NOVEMBER 6 DEPENDING ON WHAT COUNTY YOU LIVE IN. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SAY NOW OR ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 8. FOR THE ENTIRE COMMITMENT 2020 TWO THANKS FOR WATCHING. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

On the Ballot: What Central Florida voters need to know about ballot initiatives

It’s time for Central Florida to cast our votes in the 2022 General Election.But there’s a lot more than names on this year’s ballot, such as better transportation options in exchange for your vote on a penny increase in the sales tax. Plus, an ordinance to cap rent increases that have pushed so many neighbors’ budgets to the brink.It’s all On the Ballot in our Commitment 2022 Election special. Watch the entire special in the player above.Major improvements for Lynx, SunRail if Penny Sales Tax passes The tax proposes to increase Orange County’s sales tax by 1% to help pay for an overhaul of the regional transit system. It is set to generate $600 million a year and will be split into three categories. Lynx and SunRail are in one category and would get 45%, or roughly $270 million, if approved.Rent to stay below rate of inflation if Orange County rent cap ordinance passes Here’s what the measure proposes: for one year, in 2023, landlords would not be able to raise rent higher than the rate of inflation. It only applies to certain types of rentals, so buildings with four or more units.’Ax the Tax’ group opposes Orange County Transportation Sales Tax A new version of the “Ax The Tax” group that successfully fought a half-penny transportation tax in 2003 is once again urging a “no” vote.”High gas prices, rising rent, rising interest rates and this 1% tax is a penny too many,” Brian Henley, Ax the Tax President, said.Orange County plans pedestrian, bike safety improvements if penny sales tax is approved Out of the $600 million that the penny sales tax is expected to generate, 22% of that will go towards safety improvements, including for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to Orange County. Pine Hills is one area that the county plans to work on.

It’s time for Central Florida to cast our votes in the 2022 General Election.

But there’s a lot more than names on this year’s ballot, such as better transportation options in exchange for your vote on a penny increase in the sales tax. Plus, an ordinance to cap rent increases that have pushed so many neighbors’ budgets to the brink.

It’s all On the Ballot in our Commitment 2022 Election special. Watch the entire special in the player above.

Major improvements for Lynx, SunRail if Penny Sales Tax passes

The tax proposes to increase Orange County’s sales tax by 1% to help pay for an overhaul of the regional transit system. It is set to generate $600 million a year and will be split into three categories. Lynx and SunRail are in one category and would get 45%, or roughly $270 million, if approved.

Rent to stay below rate of inflation if Orange County rent cap ordinance passes

Here’s what the measure proposes: for one year, in 2023, landlords would not be able to raise rent higher than the rate of inflation. It only applies to certain types of rentals, so buildings with four or more units.

‘Ax the Tax’ group opposes Orange County Transportation Sales Tax

A new version of the “Ax The Tax” group that successfully fought a half-penny transportation tax in 2003 is once again urging a “no” vote.

“High gas prices, rising rent, rising interest rates and this 1% tax is a penny too many,” Brian Henley, Ax the Tax President, said.

Orange County plans pedestrian, bike safety improvements if penny sales tax is approved

Out of the $600 million that the penny sales tax is expected to generate, 22% of that will go towards safety improvements, including for pedestrians and bicyclists, according to Orange County. Pine Hills is one area that the county plans to work on.



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