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The Florida League of Cities has recognized Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess with a 2015 Home Rule Hero Award.
This prestigious award was presented to Councilman Burgess for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2015 legislative session. Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.
“Councilman Jon Burgess embodies the definition of a Home Rule Hero. He is extremely dedicated and works hard for the citizens of Homestead,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “He brings that same level of commitment and energy to helping the Florida League of Cities lobbying team and is always ready and willing to contact legislators and help advocate in support of home rule. Councilman Burgess has and always will be a valuable asset to his city and the state of Florida.”
Councilman Burgess is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities and is the first President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities to be from Homestead. He currently chairs the city’s Tourism Committee, the Art in Public Places Committee, the Customer Service / Utility Taskforce, and the Police Pension Board. He also serves as council liaison for the General Employee Pension Board and the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Strong home rule powers ensure government stays close to the people it serves,” said Councilman Burgess “That’s why I have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for the League – to help eliminate unfunded mandates and preemptions, and protect cities’ right to home rule powers.”
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. For more information, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com