Founded in January 15, 1950, the MCTA is the oldest taxpayers association in the state of Florida. Our basic purpose is to review, monitor and report on tax and other financial issues that impact the taxpayers of Martin County. Our activities involve meeting with local appointed and elected officials including the Board of County Commissioners, the School Board, the County Administrator and/or the staff, the Superintendent of Schools and other key individuals in the County.
As a part of these activities, we prepare newspaper articles, commentary, and/or special reports or analyses that may be useful in communicating with the citizens and taxpayers, government officials, private sector and non-profit leaders and those who may be supportive of our guardian efforts. We also conduct Public Forums to educate the public and the media. Members come from a wide slice of the population of the county and provide a supportive climate for the activities of the association. MCTA has earned the reputation of being fair and balanced and instrumental in influencing changes in key financial matters of the county.
The MCTA may enter into informal relationships or coalitions with organizations such as other taxpayer associations in Florida, or public or private groups who have a commonality of interests and a common cause. Each coalition will be determined on the basis of the reason for the coalition, the planned outcomes and the impact on taxpayers of Martin County.
To monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials, community leaders and private sector organizations who may influence the economy and efficiency of the County of Martin, the School District, municipalities and other taxing authorities in the matter of taxes and the financial resources of the County. In addition, the MCTA is committed to establishing a culture and environment conductive to the preservation of tax dollars and taxpayers interests and to communicate through public information programs on county, state and federal tax policies and to form or join coalitions of organizations that inform, educate and influence tax and other fiscal policies that impact Martin County taxpayers.
How We Work
The MCTA is a managed by non-paid volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All types of backgrounds and experience are valuable and members are encouraged to contact the association.
1. Membership Dues:
Membership dues are determined annually and renewal invoices sent to all members in advance of the expiration of their membership. Membership categories include taxpayer, job creator and entrepreneur.
2. How Are Your Articles Published:
MCTA articles are published on our website, pushed out through our newsletter, and shared on our social media accounts. Please feel free to share our articles with anyone you believe would benefit and enjoy reading them.
3. Annual Dinner:
The Annual Dinner Meeting is held in the first quarter of each year. Elections are held as necessary at the Annual Meeting. The elections include both board members and officers of the association who are elected by the Board of Directors.
4. Our Officers and Board Directors:
The association’s bylaws provide for the appointment and election of between 13 and 15 members. Each serves a maximum of two (2) three-year terms. However, board members can continue if confirmed by the Nominating Committee and the board itself. There is no limit on the number of terms that can be served. Officers are also limited to two (2) three-year terms.
5. Non-Payment of Dues:
Members will be notified at least 30 days in advance of the expiration date of their membership. Each membership term is 12 months and is due for renewal on the anniversary date of the member’s first membership application.
No membership data will be sold or otherwise provided to vendors, suppliers, or mail-order firms to solicit members for any reason.
7. Financial Statements:
An annual statement of the financial condition of the association will be published for all members on an annual basis by the Treasurer of the association. Any questions about the financial affairs of the association by members should be directed to the President or the Treasurer of the association in writing.
The MCTA may enter into informal relationships or coalitions with organizations such as other taxpayer associations in Florida or public or private groups that have a commonality of interests and a common cause. Each coalition will be determined on the basis of the reason for the coalition, the planned outcomes, and the impact on taxpayers of Martin County.
9. Volunteer Leaders:
The MCTA is managed by non-paid volunteer leaders who are elected to the board or become officers of the association. The association also seeks volunteers to join one or more of the various committees of the board. All backgrounds and experiences are valuable, and members are encouraged to contact the association. Non-members may join board committees but cannot chair these committees.
10. Fund Raising:
From time to time, the association may engage in fundraising activities in order to provide funds for special events, expansion of our reserves and/or to provide funds for the operational needs of the association. All members are encouraged to participate in these events through contributions, the donation or sponsorship of events, providing gifts and/or awards, and the like.
12. Outreach programs:
The MCTA actively encourages the use of outreach programs that are used to educate and communicate important legislative and tax events important to county taxpayers. A speaker’s bureau is available to groups, including HOA’s that are interested in this information.