Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Buck-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Bob Buckhorn

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PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn   made during the 2011 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Buck-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See About the Buck-O-Meter for details on our ratings.)

The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Create a series of initiatives to improve parks and public spaces

The Promise:

"To facilitate the development of safe, enjoyable public parks, Bob Buckhorn will create a series of parks initiatives. These will include: The development of a Parks Advisory Board made up of residents and businesses in neighborhoods surrounding city parks to advocate for and help support those venues; A commitment to identify corridors for the development of a city-wide greenway/trail from MacDill Air Force Base to New Tampa using existing rail lines and new development partnerships; Developing parks partnerships with existing parks advocacy groups such as Parks Forever and the Mayor’s Beautification Committee; Encouraging the effective use of the city’s undeveloped open lots for the development of community open spaces such as playgrounds, pocket parks and community gardens."


Update November 21st, 2014: Tampa parks and greenways feel the love

Create a housing program modeled after the Challenge Fund

The Promise:

"The first year ... The question of affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and the rehabilitation of existing homes is a priority for a Buckhorn Administration. Together with our lending partners, our housing initiative will build a program modeled after the successful Challenge Fund. ... This program will ... include down payment assistance, reduction in origination fees, reduced interest rates, streamlined loan applications and assistance in preparing and packaging the loans."


Update November 21st, 2014: Not like the Challenge Fund, but other help for housing

Start an incentive program to encourage police to live in the city

The Promise:

"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will encourage public safety officers to reside in the city by implementing a residency incentive program. This program will provide police officers incentives such as low-interest loans, or down payment assistance."


Update November 21st, 2014: Just hasn't happened; no housing perks for police

Support USF research efforts

The Promise:

"As mayor, Bob will provide continued support for research sponsored by the University of South Florida through assistance with zoning, land use and regulatory changes necessary to facilitate the development and clustering of spin-off companies. This includes development of additional opportunities around the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa."


Update November 21st, 2014: Buckhorn cheerleads for moving the USF med school downtown

Create a housing program modeled after the Challenge Fund

The Promise:

"The first year ... The question of affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and the rehabilitation of existing homes is a priority for a Buckhorn Administration. Together with our lending partners, our housing initiative will build a program modeled after the successful Challenge Fund. ... This program will ... include down payment assistance, reduction in origination fees, reduced interest rates, streamlined loan applications and assistance in preparing and packaging the loans."


Update January 22nd, 2014: Housing initiative to build new homes in Sulphur Springs

Establish a landlord training program

The Promise:

"Bob Buckhorn will establish a Landlord Training Program, which will train the city’s landlords on code requirements, code enforcement procedures, and techniques for maintaining their properties in a manner that will help prevent code violations in our rental communities."


Update September 25th, 2013: City holds first landlord training session and schedules a second

Establish Neighborhood University

The Promise:


"Buckhorn wants to further empower existing neighborhood leaders and support the development of new leaders through the establishment of a Neighborhood University. The Neighborhood University will provide a formal leadership-training program for neighborhood leaders modeled on the Tampa Chamber’s successful Leadership Tampa program. In addition, the Neighborhood University will house and build upon the existing City’s Neighborhood Empowerment program offering enhanced technical support services for the City’s neighborhoods."


Update July 22nd, 2013: City begins accepting applications for Neighborhood University

Appoint a Chief Technology Officer with specific responsibilities

The Promise:


"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will appoint a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the city of Tampa. The CTO will serve as a member of the mayor’s senior staff and will be the point person for all of the city’s tech-related activities, including: e-Services -- Tampa’s response to our customer and constituents' needs; e-Business -- The use of technology to modernize how government works; e-Management -- Coordinating organizational changes inside city government."


Update March 29th, 2013: New director of technology and innovation, but no CTO

Create a housing program modeled after the Challenge Fund

The Promise:

"The first year ... The question of affordable housing for first-time homebuyers and the rehabilitation of existing homes is a priority for a Buckhorn Administration. Together with our lending partners, our housing initiative will build a program modeled after the successful Challenge Fund. ... This program will ... include down payment assistance, reduction in origination fees, reduced interest rates, streamlined loan applications and assistance in preparing and packaging the loans."


Update March 29th, 2013: A ‘scattershot’ approach to housing programs

Strengthen the Nuisance Abatement Board

The Promise:


"Bob Buckhorn will instruct city attorneys to make referrals to the (Nuisance Abatement) Board on chronic nuisance complaints and will give the board additional enforcement authority to effectively enforce against violators."


Update March 29th, 2013: New programs for troubled neighborhoods, but not quite what was promised

Launch a public service campaign for bicycle safety

The Promise:


"The Buckhorn administration will launch a public service campaign to educate and alert motorists to bicycle safety rules."


Update March 29th, 2013: Buckhorn encourages biking, plans for trails and lanes

Establish a "One-Stop Licensing Program" available in person and online

The Promise:


"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will establish a 'One-Stop Licensing Program,' available in person and on-line. The One-Stop Licensing Program will streamline the licensing process, providing business owners with a complete list of all licenses and permits required by the city and providing assistance in obtaining the licenses and permits applicable to their business. In addition, the One-Stop Licensing Program will streamline the multiple layers of business regulation by acting as a resource for city businesses to identify and interact with the appropriate county and state regulators."


Update March 28th, 2013: One-stop center for permitting established

Establish accountability standards for infrastructure upkeep and repair

The Promise:


"As mayor, Bob Buckhorn will establish Accountability Standards for each of the city’s departments and their functions, from filling potholes to clearing storm water ditches. The city will know what the city’s pressing problems are and how long it should take to fix them. The mayor and city employees will stand accountable to city residents if the timetables established for resolving these issues are not complied with. As a first step in this process, Bob Buckhorn will complete a full city-wide Infrastructure Assessment to identify our neighborhoods’ needs and begin to address them."


Update March 28th, 2013: Zero progress on standardized infrastructure measures

Incorporate New Urbanism concepts in land development codes

The Promise:


"The first year ... Bob will modernize land development codes to incorporate New Urbanism concepts and form based zoning in order to encourage the development of our urban neighborhoods."


Update March 28th, 2013: Work underway to put New Urbanism concepts into development codes

Create a series of initiatives to improve parks and public spaces

The Promise:

"To facilitate the development of safe, enjoyable public parks, Bob Buckhorn will create a series of parks initiatives. These will include: The development of a Parks Advisory Board made up of residents and businesses in neighborhoods surrounding city parks to advocate for and help support those venues; A commitment to identify corridors for the development of a city-wide greenway/trail from MacDill Air Force Base to New Tampa using existing rail lines and new development partnerships; Developing parks partnerships with existing parks advocacy groups such as Parks Forever and the Mayor’s Beautification Committee; Encouraging the effective use of the city’s undeveloped open lots for the development of community open spaces such as playgrounds, pocket parks and community gardens."


Update March 28th, 2013: Lots of parks projects, though not necessarily the initiatives that were promised