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Martin County Taxpayers Association
 

2017 Report on the State of the Martin County Taxpayers Association.

First may I say Thank You! For your continued support of the Martin County Taxpayers Association, MCTA.  Without your support  we have no real reason to exist.  We are a totally volunteer organization that relies on its members for research,

participation and direction on positions taken.  We encourage all of our members to let their Board know what is important to them, voice their positions on issues and suggest topics that need investigation. Again, we are volunteers and rely on our members and friends to participate, please help.

MCTA was founded in the early 1950’s, making it the oldest organization of its type in the State, perhaps the entire Country. The primary objectives of the organization are:
  1. To monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County.
  2. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations that may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities that impact taxes and the financial resources of the County.
  3. To improve, extend and establish a foundation of general tax programs that are effective cost efficient and maximize the  return on investment of taxpayer dollars.   Establish a culture and environment conducive to the preservation of tax dollars and taxpayers interests.
  4. To develop and communicate a public information program on county, state and federal leveltax policies, processes any tax issues using a variety ofmultimedia approaches and public relations strategies.
  5. To invite, or join coalitions of organizations in participating in efforts to inform, educate as well as influence tax and other fiscal policies that impact Martin County taxpayers.
As we move deeper into 2017, our 65th year, we find the organization financially healthy and robust.  Our membership continues to grow and we are looking forward to even stronger membership in our future.  We enjoy a good working relationship with our local governments, Martin County, Martin County School District, the City of Stuart and the Town of Jupiter Island.  We have established a working website, mctaxpayers.org and now feature a Facebook account, like us on facebook.com/MartinCoTaxpayersAssoc.  We established an "over-sight" and observation committee that attend County, School District and City meetings; look for their reports in future newsletters.  We have a working communication committee that sends periodic reports to our members, writes op-ed articles for publication, forwards communication from other groups and in general strives to keep our members informed of current events and issues.

We look forward to participating in the formation of local budgets, offering suggestions and ideas for a better Martin County and working with you.  We hope to work toward efficient taxing policies, reduced government spending, a balanced and funded Capital Improvement Plan, fair and open employment contracts with public employees and improved "customer service" for all taxpayers. We support efforts to eliminate impacts of the proposed All aboard Florida train and "negotiate before we litigate" policy.  We want an open and fair working relationship between all local governments.  We want a healthy, vigorous local economy, jobs for our citizens and, we want all of our citizens to be able to live in safe, affordable neighborhoods.  We continue to support financially feasible and science backed solutions to stop the pollution of our rivers and estuaries.

Thank you!

Tom Kenny, President, MCTA