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The West Orange Chamber is always facilitating opportunity for members by fighting for pro-business initiatives. Click below to read more about our recent advocacy efforts:
The West Orange Chamber asks you to Vote Yes for the renewal of a one-mill property tax to support OCPS in the August 28 primary election. This renewal is of a tax in place since 2010, and will be used to retain highly qualified teachers, protect arts and athletics programs in schools, and maintain academic programs and student activities. Orange County Public Schools is consistently recognized for its fiscal responsibility, receiving the coveted Governor's Sterling award three times since 2014 for organizational efficiency. OCPS graduation rates have soared from 82.9% to 93.8% since 2011.
The West Orange Chamber celebrates the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states may collect sales tax from retailers that do not have a physical presence there. The WOCC has supported this initiative and fought for the policy change for years. This is a massive win for small businesses to correct this decades-long loophole.
The Chamber advocates for an ordinance in Orange County and other local municipalities, where applicable, permittting restaurants to allow patrons to dine outside with their pet dogs. Many Chamber members have voiced support for this ordinance, which will bring the County and local municipalities in line with the surrounding community.
The Chamber supports Amendment 3, known as the Voter Control of Gambling amendment. This amendment would require voter approval to authorize casino gambling in Florida. This amendment falls in line with the Chamber's long-held stance in opposition to the expansion of gambling in the state of Florida.
The Chamber supports the Pine Hills overlay ordinance, which seeks to revitalize the region by restricting certain new businesses from locating in the area. This ordinance is a preventive measure that aims to improve the area by prohibiting certain uses that may be a deterrent to new businesses interested in locating within the region. This would bring the Pine Hills community in line with current urban design standards.
The Chamber fought for an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales to begin at 7:00am, which was eventually passed by the City of Ocoee. The amendment to the ordinance mirrors changes made by Orange County and surrounding communities, and prevents current and future Ocoee businesses from being placed in an economically disadvantageous position.
The West Orange Chamber of Commerce is a proud supporter of the Healthy West Orange initiative, which aims to make West Orange the healthiest community in the nation, one step at a time. The WOCC team has joined in supporting this initiative on both an individual and organizational level. Each member of our team has joined the movement, in addition to hundreds of our members.