Alliance Association of Delray

                                            If the garbage can that you received is too heavy for you, call 561-640-4000 ext 4218 and leave a message for John Archambo. Explain situation and your name and community name. He will return

 

ALLIANCE OF DELRAY RESIDENT ASSOCIATIONS

By Judy Goldberg

 

March is here and hope that you are all enjoying our wonderful winter season.  Our Palm Greens community is humming.  Happy wearing of the green. Pleased to report that I am up and about 1 month out from knee surgery!  All is going well.  Thank you for all of the get well wishes.

 

Our main speaker was Verdenia Baker, County Administrator, and she delivered an update on the penny tax. She noted that Palm Beach County has an AAA bond rating because of the strong economy. However, there remains a strong need for an infrastructure sales tax. The surtax is providing for parks, roads and environmental concerns. Each penny is divided for capital improvements, not for operating expenses, with 50% going toward schools, 30% for the county and 20% for cities. Many projects are underway and once the 2.7 billion dollars that is needed is collected, the tax will end and at this point, projections are possibly 9 yrs. instead of 10 if the economic boom continues.

 

The 2020 National Census will net approximately $24 billion dollars during a ten year period and possibly add one or two additional government representatives for Palm Beach County.

 

Lt. Mike Morales of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office greeted the audience with good news that crime was down in our county. He attributed that to several factors, among which are: people are taking measures to prevent crimes and more deputies are quite visible in the area.

 

Chief Tony Tozzi of PBC Fire Rescue addressed the threat of the coronavirus. He assured the audience that hand washing was most important for all individuals. It is recommended that everyone maintain a “personal space” and keep a comfortable distance from others. However, he noted that Palm Beach County has a plan in place in case of an outbreak here.

 

Board of Education member Karen Brill discussed the firing of the principal who refused to deny the reality of the Holocaust.

 

The next meeting of the Delray Alliance will be on Wed., March 4, 2020.  Special guest speakers Nick Uhren, Executive Director of the Transportation Planning Agency will provide an update on the expansion of Atlantic Avenue and Steve Abrams, Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority; will discuss the future of Brightline and Tri-Rail.

 

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.