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By Al Everson
posted Aug 20, 2013 - 9:30:00am
David Santiago, Deltona's representative in the Florida House, is urging the city to hire a paid spokesman to work in Tallahassee.
A lobbyist, the freshman Republican lawmaker said, may pay big dividends in state funding for Deltona's efforts to attract high-paying employers and thus broaden the city's mostly residential tax base.
Santiago, who served on the Deltona City Commission for four years, suggested the elected body find money — perhaps $50,000 — in its proposed 2013-14 budget to hire a lobbyist who could enlarge Deltona's clout in the state Capitol.
A lobbyist, Santiago said, could produce more state aid for the city's infrastructure needs, especially roads, and economic-development initiatives, such as the possible creation of an enterprise zone.
Asked later why he supports a lobbyist for Deltona when he represents the city in the Florida Legislature, Santiago said those who work to influence lawmakers have an important role in the corridors of power.
Lobbyists — what they know and who they know — are helpful to lawmakers, according to Santiago.
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