City of Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency
To preserve and improve the residential viability and livability of the neighborhoods within the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) area by encouraging and initiating activities which empower residents to effect change and to enhance and improve the commercial areas of the CRA by encouraging and implementing activities that promote economic growth.
In 1969, Florida enacted legislation that enabled local governments to create community redevelopment districts and community redevelopment agencies to work in those districts. There is approximately 140 CRA’s operating in Florida at this time.
The City of Winter Park Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a public agency that was created by the City Council in June of 1991 in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Statutes. The CRA is set up as a sub-unit of and operates within the Winter Park city government. The CRA is charged with undertaking redevelopment functions in the specified community redevelopment district. The CRA fiscal year is October 1 thru September 31.
The Agency is made up of a board, an advisory board, and city staff. The Board, which consists of the Mayor, City Commission and an Orange County Commission appointed member, is the decision making body. The Advisory Board is a seven member and one alternate volunteer made up of city and CRA residents and business owners appointed by the City Commission. City staff works with the CRA Board and Advisory Board to carry out the CRA Plan and manages the tax increment fund (TIF).
- CRA Board
The CRA Board meets after the City Commission meetings quarterly or on an as needed basis.
- Community Redevelopment Advisory Board
Regular meetings of the Advisory Board are on the fourth Thursday of every month, beginning at 1 p.m. in Commission Chambers.
- Community Redevelopment Agency Programs
CRA Annual Reports
- CRA Annual Report 2015
- CRA Annual Report 2014
- CRA Annual Report 2013
- CRA Annual Report 2012
- CRA Annual Report 2011
- CRA Annual Report 2010
- CRA Annual Report 2009
- CRA Annual Report 2008
The City of Winter Park CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Tax increment funds are derived from ad valorem property taxes. The CRA is not a taxing authority nor does it set millage rates or assess property. Tax increment funds come through existing taxing entities including the City of Winter Park and Orange County but not including the library, school district or the water management district. The method of determining the amount of funding the CRA receives each fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) is described below.
When the CRA was created in 1991 the assessed value of the area was set as the base year tax base. Thereafter, the taxes from additional increases in property values are dedicated to the redevelopment agency. In each subsequent year, the Orange County Property Appraiser determines the taxable value of the area. The difference between the taxable value of the base year and the current year is calculated. This is referred to as the “increment”. The increment is multiplied by the millage rate of each contributing taxing entity. The taxing entity remits 95 percent of that amount of money to the CRA Trust Fund.