Covering issues from infrastructure funds to tax relief, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) of Winter Garden, Florida recently came out with a stance on various matters of importance to the local area.
WOCC’s board of directors will present its 2016 Position Paper to state officials. Topics of concern include infrastructure and education, particularly advocacy for sewer system improvements and workforce training; health care, and the gaming industry.
The chamber also suggests creating a sales tax holiday for Small Business Saturdays, establishing neighborhood improvement districts, and increasing investment in local film and media production.
Additionally, because Florida is the only state that charges tax on commercial leases, the West Orange Chamber board recently passed a joint resolution with the Florida Chamber in opposition to the business rent tax, with the consensus being that the fee acts to discourage new business and start-ups, overburdens existing enterprises, and systematically creates multiple layers of taxation that work against the local economy in the long run.
The public is invited to attend the Chamber’s EGAC meetings to understand more about how the committee functions on behalf of consumers. Its next upcoming meeting is slated for Jan. 15, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the WOCC office at 12184 W. Colonial Drive in Winter Garden.
WOCC serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, working to facilitate opportunity, build partnerships and reaffirm a deep commitment to West Orange County.