Hernando Sun More than 220 CRAs operate in Florida. These are local initiatives, authorized under state law, that allow communities to target blighted areas for redevelopment. The money comes from something called “tax incremental financing” – basically, the agency captures any increased tax receipts arising from business growth attributable to its investments in the targeted areas. Critics, pointing to a handful of apparent abuses of the these programs, have called for stricter auditing and oversight, ethics training for authority leaders, and other reforms. But any attempt by the Legislature to impede creation of new CRAs, or to phase out existing programs, would halt the hard-won progress cities like Brooksville have been making toward revitalizing our neighborhoods and economies. Many city leaders, including me, would welcome sensible reforms, including improved transparency and accountability. But the citizens of Brooksville would lose an important resource if the Legislature kills CRAs.