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A) improving fiscal oversight, management and operational efficiency of the 1) Lake County, Florida School District, 2) the separate Lake County Government, 3) the North Lake County Hospital District, PLUS 4) the operations of the independently elected Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Tax Collector, Assessor, County Clerk, etc.) and also
B) Improving fiscal and management effectiveness of other local government agencies and programs spending taxpayer funds.
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Tavares, FL April 1, 2014 No, this is not an actual book, but it could be... In 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown shut down all CRAs and took their funds. Now they are trying to create new ways in California to replace the CRA’s (Community Redevelopment Agencies) which were never approved by voters, and nothing seems to work yet. http://www.publicceo.com/2014/03/will-california-ever-replace-the-hole-left-by-its-redevelopment-agencies/ Meanwhile, here in Lake County, FL, it will be interesting to see what happens with CRA’s in Lake County. Voters never approved any of them in Lake County. Instead, they were implemented by a legal process where local cities had to prove there was "blight" and no local votes took place. Lake County takes more than $1-million from their general funds and send it to the 15+ CRA’s in Lake County. All are run by cities except the new one in Sorrento run by the Lake County Board, which has...
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Tavares, FL - Jan. 16, 2014 Most cities in Lake County have CRAs which set aside future property tax revenues to use to “redevelop” blighted downtown areas in specific “zones”. Projects might include repair of old sidewalks, painting and fixing exterior fronts of old retail buildings, and other projects to improve the attractiveness of the downtown area. Note: The book cover at the left is NOT a real book, but who knows, someday. The hitch is that part of the CRA revenues come out of County property taxes, not just city tax shares. For instance, if you look at the Lake County budget, you will find they pay out over a million dollars to CRAs in the County. That money comes right out of COUNTY property taxes but goes towards CITY CRA projects. So the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida just reported that Broward County, FL Commissioners got fed up with...
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Tavares, FL - Monday, March 25,2013 Commentary by Vance Jochim, www.FiscalRangers.com - Updates are added, mostly at the bottom, as we get them. This is written from the standpoint of being a taxpayer advocate, and also questioning why a city should be allowed to divert County property tax revenue to their own projects. Lake County, FL property owners and City of Minneola property owners better hold on to their wallet because in my opinion, a tax grab is being planned to subsidize four major real estate developers in the Minneola area. Basically, they are pushing through a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) which siphons property taxes from the development area future property taxes to re-pay the State of Florida $15-million of a $30-million Florida Turnpike Interchange in Minneola. The Interchange is expected to increase the ability of land owners and developers to sell 8,000 homes in Minneola with 23,000 residents. However,...
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