MCBOCCDecember 22, 2013-- As the New Year approaches, we reflect on 2013. The Martin County Taxpayers Association (MCTA) has engaged in a number of activities to fulfill our mission of representing the interests of the taxpayers of Martin County as well as our membership. MCTA continues to speak out on issues that having impact the taxpayers both through our column “In Your Corner” in the Stuart News, as well as developing position papers on various issues relating

MCBOCCDecember 8, 2013--The Stuart News article “Who’s Making $100,000.00 (Sunday, December 1, 2013) is a reminder of the need for compensation reform in the public sector.  Over the past 2 years, the MCTA has published several articles about the misdirection of pay and benefits in the public sector that has resulted in the wide disparities in pay for public officials at both the state and local level.  The Stuart News article includes a report on pay in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River and identifies the number of individuals in each county earning over $100,000.00 annually that includes “base pay, overtime, bonuses, supplements and all other forms of pay.”  As such it is hard to compare direct pay or cash as opposed to other forms of pay between counties and therein lies another problem. The fact that pay varies by County is not unusual.  But, what should be of concern to taxpayers is the compensation approach used by both the counties and the state.

MCBOCCDecember 8, 2013--The Stuart News article “Who’s Making $100,000.00 (Sunday, December 1, 2013) is a reminder of the need for compensation reform in the public sector.  Over the past 2 years, the MCTA has published several articles about the misdirection of pay and benefits in the public sector that has resulted in the wide disparities in pay for public officials at both the state and local level.  The Stuart News article includes a report on pay in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River and identifies the number of individuals in each county earning over $100,000.00 annually that includes “base pay, overtime, bonuses, supplements and all other forms of pay.”  As such it is hard to compare direct pay or cash as opposed to other forms of pay between counties and therein lies another problem. The fact that pay varies by County is not unusual.  But, what should be of concern to taxpayers is the compensation approach used by both the counties and the state.

flying-moneyNov. 23, 2013--According to recent reports, Martin County needs to invest approximately $200,000,000 in infrastructure over the next few years.  Many of these projects should have been completed earlier, however, due to decreased tax revenues over the past 5 years, many projects have been deferred or repaired (short term).  The consequences of not adequately maintaining our infrastructure can be costly.  Earlier this year two culverts failed unexpectedly and cost the county in excess of $840,000. 

flying-moneyNov. 23, 2013--According to recent reports, Martin County needs to invest approximately $200,000,000 in infrastructure over the next few years.  Many of these projects should have been completed earlier, however, due to decreased tax revenues over the past 5 years, many projects have been deferred or repaired (short term).  The consequences of not adequately maintaining our infrastructure can be costly.  Earlier this year two culverts failed unexpectedly and cost the county in excess of $840,000. 

withamNovember 8, 2013-- Once again we visit the proposed Customs Facility at Witham Field.  Last month the Martin County Taxpayers Association weighed in on the subject (Visit mctaxpayers.org and click on MCTA articles).  The county has been studying the idea of a customs facility since the Martin County Commission approved the updated Airport Business Plan in Sept. 2010, which included a recommendation for a Customs Facility.