This week, Governor Rick Scott released the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” proposal, which will aid DBPR’s efforts to further reduce burdensome regulations, cut fees and reduce debt first-hand. The Governor recommended $143.9 million to support DBPR’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 operations. Within his budget are top-priority requests from our Department, and we are proud of our role in achieving his goals for our state. With this funding, DBPR will further our efforts to license efficiently and regulate fairly for the people of Florida.
The proposed budget will help ensure that the Division of Real Estate is able to continue its successful endeavors by obtaining additional support staff to ensure investigators can continue to accomplish the difficult task of identifying violations of the real estate practice. Florida has more than 300,000 licensed realtors and more than 10,000 licensed real estate appraisers and the profession’s integrity is vital to Florida’s economy. The Division of Real Estate recently cut fees for licensees seeking to obtain license certification online, which may result in an annual cost savings of more than $45,000 for those licensees.
Governor Scott has also recommended that the Department be granted increased spending authority of $3 million for the Florida Homeowners’ Construction Recovery Fund, which enables Florida families who have suffered monetary damages due to financial misconduct or fraud from certain contractors to obtain financial support. As a result of this allocation, 117 Florida families received financial support to aid in remedying losses in the past fiscal year.
The proposed budget also recommends that DBPR’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) be granted authority to use $205,000 of Federal forfeiture funds to invest in necessary training and equipment for the Division’s enforcement bureau. In addition to ensuring that licensed establishments are in compliance, ABT is charged with keeping alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons through various campaigns or programs during the college football, spring break and prom seasons. This training and equipment will assist ABT enforcement as they help keep Floridians and visitors safe.
Through these budget proposals, the Department will continue to make great strides in efficiency making interactions will our customers and stakeholders even more successful. We look forward to this Legislative Session and are proud to serve the people of the state of Florida!
To learn more about the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut” Budget, please visit www.flitsyourmoney.com.
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