ALLIANCE OF DELRAY RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATIONS
By Judy Goldberg
March is here! Our season is definitely in full swing!! Alliance is also doing great things for our community. The February meeting featured Dorothy Jacks, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser and Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector. They spoke about 2019 Office Service & updates including exemption and assessment trends.
Dorothy Jacks was the first guest speaker. She explained that her office is a Constitutional Office, which means she is elected by the voters, not appointed by the Commission, making that office non-political. Her office manages the lists of who owns what and the current location of the property. The properties include residential, commercial and land. New building produces additional revenue for the county. There are 70,000 transactions in PBC annually and the county is booming. Ms. Jacks also explained the homestead exemption. Owners must reside in their home at least 6 months a year. There are additional exemptions that may apply: additional exemptions that may apply, surviving spouse, veteran disabled by military service, income limitations and other qualifications. Every month there is a table at the back of our meeting room where you can speak with her assistant about Home Exemptions. Delray is a HOT market. Rental Apt complexes are booming as Millenials move around a lot. Hotel construction is exploding as are storage facilities (ex: Amazon). Fulfillment centers are a big feature and need to be near populated areas.
Our next speaker was, Anne Gannon, Tax Collector. She is charged with the collection and distribution off the property taxes. She answers only to the property owners of Palm Beach County. Last year, her office billed $3.7 billion, with FPL the largest taxpayer. There are 6 offices with 315 employees. Drivers’ licenses are 51% of her business. Also her agency handles TSA and Global Travel Applications. The “bed tax” collection is a challenge. Private owners who rent their properties and AirBNBs try to avoid paying their required taxes. She also explained the difference between paying taxes in one lump sum and paying quarterly. Again, you can always call her office with questions.
PBC Sheriff’s Office, Captain Sandt told us that the dept. had a very busy holiday season even though Crime statistics were down from prior years. He recommended that everyone get locks for tires and rims, since there seemed to be more thefts of these items. A favorite seems to be Toyota Camry!!!
Commissioner Mary Lou Berger addressed the audience followed by Commissioner Robert Weinroth, representing District 4. He announced that the newly appointed Election Supervisor would be getting new equipment. Part of the equipment would include a voter signature ID. In addition, caregivers of voters would also be given an ID card.
Karen Brill, Palm Beach County School Board member, informed the group that the controversial Common Core curriculum was being abolished, A new set of norms was being established that would require less “teaching for the test” and more flexibility in meeting academic requirements. In commemoration off the February 14, 2018 horrific mass shooting at MSD High School, students will observe Seventeen Days of Kindness. (For the 17 victims)
Lori Vinikoor, Exec VP of The Alliance, announced that a cancer care center is being established at Delray Medical Center with the arrival of a revolutionary new cancer treatment machine, Proton Therapy. Also the proposed development project at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hagen Ranch Road (Terra Nova) has been postponed for several months. We will keep you posted as information becomes available.
One more reminder, we have open enrollment for changes in our health care plans. Open enrollment runs until 3/31/19. Even if you have selected new plans, you can still make changes until that date.
The next meeting of the Delray Alliance will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. We are excited to announce
that the program will be Old School Square, Arts & Entertainment in Delray Beach! Featured speaker will be
the Artistic Director. Some entertainment is expected!
Meetings take place at the South County Civic Center Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, across from Morikami. Doors open at 9AM when refreshments are served. The meeting begins at 9:30 and always concludes by 11:30. All are welcome. See you there.