On Thursday, June 7th Deede held a Property Tax Workshop with the Normandy Shores HOA. The purpose of this meeting was to explain the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee.
While reduced property taxes will yield potential savings to residents and might jump-start the stalled real estate market, it will also sharply reduce the revenues to local municipalities. For example, Miami Beach is looking at a $20-$40 million dollar reduction in next year's budget. That's a lot of money to cut.
As part of Deede's workshop, she showed a presentation on the make-up of Miami Beach's budget, the potential cuts, and where these cuts might come from.
Deede then handed out a worksheet where residents ranked the importance of various city services. These results will be sent to the city manager in a formal letter to give him the sentiments of the residents. Below are the results of this survey.
Deede is available to hold this workshop with other interested HOAs. Just call or email Deede to set up a date.
Ranked by importance.
Preventing crime, response time, visibility
3. Emergency Medical Response
Response time, quality of service
Preparedness, clean up after the storm
5. Maintenance of parks and playgrounds
Maintenance, lawn maintenance, landscaping, equipment maintenance/ replacement, other maintenance i.e. court re-striping/;asphalt/field maintenance etc., cleanliness/ litter control
6. Garbage/Trash Collection
Curbside pick-up, bulk trash pick-up
7. Maintenance of roads
Maintenance of roads/asphalt, drainage
8. Cleanliness of public areas
9. Cleanliness of beaches
10. Renovation of City structures such as
City public buildings, pump stations, beach front and park rest rooms, park fields and playing areas, park buildings, swimming pools, tennis courts fire stations, police station. etc.
Staffing of parks, specialty programming for children, specialty programming for adults, cultural activities
12. Ocean Rescue / Beach Patrol
City’s control of the homeless population
14. Traffic light synchronization
15. Fire Prevention
Inspecting properties and giving feedback to owners.
16. City Answer Center
Receives questions from residents
17. Code Enforcement
Patrol neighborhoods. Clean up violators
18. Re-nourishment of sand/beach
19. Clean up canals and waterways
20. Building department
Shorter wait times
21. Funding tourism advertising and marketing organizations such as the VCA
22. Clean up after holiday weekends and major events
23. Pedestrian walk/light synchronization
24. Maintaining and staffing a Visitor Center