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This ordinance amends the Gainesville Code of Ordinances to add provisions for the purchase of solar generated energy through a standard offer contract for all classes and limits net metering distributed resources rates for general service and large power classes. The ordinance defines Distributed Generation to mean: small, modular, decentralized, grid-connected or off-grid energy systems located in or near the place where energy is used. For purposes of Net Metering, the generation is connected to the customers\' premises behind the electric revenue meter. For purposes of Feed-In-Tariff, the generation may be independent of an existing utility customer account or may be at an existing customer premise and connected to the grid beyond the electric revenue meter. Net Metering is defined to mean: where a retail customer has installed a photovoltaic or other approved distributed generation system on the customer\'s side of the electric revenue meter, the kilowatt hours output by the distributed generation system shall be credited against the kilowatt hours used by the customer. The net of the kilowatt hours used by the customer less the kilowatt hours produced by the distributed generation system shall be the number of hours that the customer is billed at the applicable retail rate. The ordinance also defines the rate at which utility customers will be credited for their generation of electricity through the installation of net metering systems.
This ordinance creates year-round conservation measures and regulations for the use of water resources during shortage seasons. This ordinance grants county authorities the right to declare a water shortage emergency, during which separate regulations governing water usage go into effect, and requires county facilities to engage in water conservation practices with respect to their lawn irrigation, landscape irrigation, and outdoor water use during the rest of the year.
This ordinance establishes a home rule charter for the county. This charter decentralizes certain state powers to the county board of commissioners and grants the board of commissioners certain rights to self-governance and independence. The ordinance includes language that defines the jurisdictional boundaries of this home rule district and claims specific powers for the exercise of county and municipal government bodies in this district.
This ordinance reforms campaign finance regulations in elections for county positions. This ordinance requires candidates for county offices to disclose the names and size of donations during any election cycle for any donation over a specified level to the county clerk before a specified date preceding that election.
This ordinance establishes a source separated recycling system for voluntary use by private citizens in the community and does not impose a fee or cost on individuals who chose to use this service. This ordinance provides funds for the distribution of source separation materials and information to individuals. This ordinance also requires commercial businesses to source separate their waste. Lastly, this ordinance grants jurisdictional authority to county and municipal law enforcement agents and describes penalties associated with violations of this ordinance.
This ordinance establishes a land conservation program for the county and grants the county the ability to acquire and own land for the purposes of conservation, which would not normally occur in private market interactions. This ordinance grants the county the ability to acquire real estate deemed essential to the conservation of natural resources and the environment. Further, this ordinance permits the county to create and sell bonds whose funds may be used for the purchase of these lands.
An ordinance setting the procedure for wage theft complaints in St. Petersburg, FL.
An ordinance setting the procedure for wage theft complaints in Miami, FL.
This ordinance provides a variety of worker protections against wage theft. A complaint for non-payment of earned wages, if not resolved through conciliation, is heard by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards. If a violation is established, the hearing order shall: require the employer to pay wage restitution in an amount equal to twice the amount of back wages that the employer is found to have unlawfully failed to pay the employee; require the employer to reimburse the employee for any reasonable costs and attorney\'s fees incurred by the employee in connection with the administrative hearing; and require the employer to pay to the Board of County Commissioners an assessment of costs in an amount not to exceed actual administrative processing costs and the cost of the hearing. The ordinance also requires repayment to the county of administrative costs and each respondent employer all reasonable costs and attorney\'s fees incurred by the employer in connection with the complaint.
This ordinance provides real estate developers with incentives, such as density bonuses and flexibility in design, for providing units affordable to families making 70-100% of area median income.