2011 Legislative Session
**FLORIDA LEGISLATURE SAYS NO CBIR PROCESS FOR THE 2011 SESSION**
Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon issued separate memos on November 22, 2010 to all Florida legislators stating that, based on Florida's continuing fiscal challenges, the Community Budget Issue Request (CBIR) process would not be opened up for the 2011 legislative session. This is the second consecutive year without CBIR projects. While we do not expect this situation to change, the following guidance on the normal CBIR process is provided to aid you in future planning.
The following general guidance is based on the historical water project funding process. If or when the CBIR process is opened in the future, your ability to address the criteria below will generally give the Senator(s) and Representative(s) sponsoring your project the information they need to support it during the budget process.
Pre-Application Information and Historical Qualifying Criteria
Your starting point is to contact potential sponsors in the House and Senate and work with their staffs to timely complete the CBIR application forms. You can only get these forms from the House and Senate--DEP is not authorized to distribute CBIR forms. Keep the following in mind as you complete the CBIR form.
What is DEP's role?
DEP has in the past been charged with reviewing projects relative to the considerations identified above and any other criteria established by the Legislature or Governor's Office. If requested, DEP will submit its evaluation of all projects to the Governor's Office and Legislature for purposes of action during the regular sessionís appropriations (budget) process. DEP does not determine which projects will be funded and has no authority to prioritize or recommend funding for any project. We simply offer an opinion on each project as to whether it appears to meet the established criteria based on its CBIR form.
What is the role of the Water Management Districts?
The water management districts (WMD) may be called upon to review or comment on the significance of local government projects to improve WMD priority surface water bodies. It is advisable, in any event, for local governments to consult your WMD as it may be able to offer counsel and, in some cases, financial assistance. See this map with WMD boundaries if you are not sure which WMD to check. WMD contact information is also available.
Are local matching funds required?
The law no longer includes any local matching requirements. However, this fact raises several issues.
Are there other qualifying criteria?
As noted, the Legislature or Governor's Office may establish review criteria of their own that they expect DEP to evaluate. We will advise you via this website if any additional information on water project funding criteria or related matters is made available to us.
Questions and other information?
If you have questions, please contact DEP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Geof Mansfield at 850.245.8339.
Information on a variety of financial assistance programs for water-related projects, both DEP's and those of other state and federal agencies, is available in the summary document, "Water Resource Funding in Florida."