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Martin County District Funds

Martin County District Funds

Each commissioner has District Funds which are the funds that are raised in their districts through millage and approved by the board when the budget is passed. Here is a table prepared by the County Administrator that outlines the funds in 2021: District Millage Rate...

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ESSER II Federal Funding

ESSER II Federal Funding

School Board Member Christia Li Roberts in response to our request wrote the following explaining the latest round of funding from the federal government known as ESSER II. It is quite complicated but very important since it will go to offset specific funding that is...

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School Board Salaries

We posed the question to our readers as to whether school board members should be compensated. Without exception, the responses we received believe that school board members should be compensated at best with a small stipend. This is in keeping with most of the rest...

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Capital Improvement Plan

The county administrator invited the MCTA to sit in on the CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) discussions to create a list for the next budget year. We attended approximately 50% of the departmental meetings with senior management held over the course of two weeks. At...

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A Year End Message from MCTA

As we come to the end of a most difficult 2020, it is time to examine what the next year may bring to the Martin County Taxpayer. Our real estate taxes won’t change in this budget year. Many of us have already paid those taxes to receive the discount that is offered....

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Martin County Waste Collection Contract

The BOCC will consider contracts for County waste collection at its September 15th meeting. The agenda item is set to be heard at 1:15 pm. The contract will have a term of eight years. The difference in the new rates between the current vendor, Waste Management, and...

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Martin County School Board Covid Update

Martin County School Board Covid Update

At the August 2020 Martin County Taxpayers’ board meeting, our guests were School Board Chair Marcia Powers and District CFO Carter Morrison. We asked the District to explain to us the impact of COVID-19 on their budget. Our board was given a thorough presentation....

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MCTA asks the BDB about the tax exemption referendum

MCTA asks the BDB about the tax exemption referendum

MCTA had some questions regarding the Martin County Business Development Board’s ask to extend the tax exemption program.  So we ask Joan Goodrich, BDB’s Executive Director.  She responded with enthusiasm. Q. You can’t guarantee the jobs to MC residents, I’m sure.  A....

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Golf Course July 8 2020

Golf Course July 8 2020

As per our article, please view the document. Below is a chart indicating the original line item projected costs, the revised numbers and the variances in dollar amounts and percentages. ITEM PROJECTED PRICE REVISED VARIANCE PERCENTAGE REASON Clubhouse & Parking...

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School’s Out for Summer ….or Longer?

School’s Out for Summer ….or Longer?

What is the Martin County School System Re-Opening Plan? At the moment, listening to the recent School Board meetings, there isn’t any. Yes, Superintendent Gaylord asserts that schools will open in August, but does not say whether there is to be a student sitting at a...

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Points of clarification

Points of clarification

To help us shape our opinions and make better decisions, we all need accurate, clear and comprehensive information. Martin County Taxpayers Association aims to provide you with all three so you know more about how local governments are spending your tax dollars. One...

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HEALTH INSURANCE

The District has given us another example of why our health care system is so completely off the rails. The Board provides to all full-time employees, defined as at least 37.5 hours per week, a $6,500 yearly contribution ($541.67 per month) toward their insurance....

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AIR SHOW BAILOUT

AIR SHOW BAILOUT

Note that this piece is redacted from Tom Campenni’s article published in Friends and Neighbors on Facebook on Jan. 6, 2020 Article originally appeared in: http://tomcampenni.com/2020/01/06/air-show-bailout In case you were not in town during the 2019 Stuart Air Show,...

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HURRICANE ECONOMICS

HURRICANE ECONOMICS

As published in Friends & Neighbors  https://friendsandneighborsofmartincounty.com Over the past few years, Stuart and Martin County have been very lucky not to have had much impact from hurricanes. We were especially fortunate this year with Dorian. If it had...

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The Martin County Fair is Moving!

The Martin County Fair is Moving!

Darlene VanRiper Executive Director interviews Jay Spicer, the Fair Manager of the Martin County Fair.Upcoming Fair Date: Feb 14-22 2020!  2616 SE Dixie Highway Stuart FL 34996https://www.martincountyfair.com772-220-3247Fax:...

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SOCIALISM WILL ONLY MAKE INCOME INEQUALITY WORSE

SOCIALISM WILL ONLY MAKE INCOME INEQUALITY WORSE

A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article regarding the implementation of a “Wealth Tax.” Both Sanders and Warren are fans of this type of levy which would tax the accumulated wealth of those who have assets of more than $50 million. Both Warren and Sanders...

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$500 Million Budget for Martin County in 2020

$500 Million Budget for Martin County in 2020

For Fiscal Year 2020, Martin County will have a budget of $500 million or $3,125 per resident. Many of us believe that is an extraordinary amount for local government. Roughly 70% of the total budget comes from property taxes. Because of Florida’s system of property...

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Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday

Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday

According to the Tax Foundation, “This week, the Sunshine State is celebrating its Sales Tax-Free Week. Unfortunately, sales tax holidays like this one don’t reduce your tax burden in the long run. According to new research, they simply shift the timing of when people...

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Declaration of Independence

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this July 4th, it is important that we pause and reflect on the many tenets that make up the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence, along with the Constitution are the most important documents in the...

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Should Our Tax Dollars Fund Non-Profits?

Initially we should state that the opinion of this organization is that many non-profits are much needed, even essential to a sustainable and civilized community.  So, it is NOT the purpose of this article to criticize any non-profit.   But we did think we should...

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Taken For A Ride

Taken For A Ride

How many of us have health insurance for ourselves and our dependents whose premiums are paid entirely by our employer? I would bet not one of us is that fortunate. This is the new benefit that will be given to the senior employees of the Village of Indiantown,...

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Understanding your Real Estate Tax Bill

Owners of property in Martin County receive a real estate tax bill. When we examine the bills we receive, we care most about the total amount we are obligated to pay. The bill itself has many different lines that distinguish the component amounts that create the total...

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EARMARKS is a terrible word, right?

“EARMARKS is a terrible word, right?” These were the words of former US Congressman, Tom Rooney at the Martin County Taxpayers Association’s annual dinner held on March 27th at the Kane Center.  Mr. Rooney is known to be forthright and honest.  He didn’t disappoint. ...

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And so we begin….

The governments of Martin County are beginning their budget processes for the upcoming fiscal year. As they begin to put together their operating, capital improvement plan, and enterprise fund budgets, the public will see that there will be increases in various taxes...

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More Money for a Failed Water Park?

More Money For A Failed Water Park Posted on February 14, 2019 How can the County spend your tax dollars more frivolously than they have in the past? The new planned expansion of Sailfish Splash Water Park brought to you by Abbate Enterprises (Parks & Rec...

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What Does Stuart & NYC Have In Common?

What Does Stuart & NYC Have In Common? Posted on February 25, 2019 What does Stuart have in common with New York City? At first look, it would seem not much. There are blocks in New York that seem to have as many residents as all of Stuart. There are no tall...

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City vs. County? Why can’t we all just get along?

Much has been made about the animosity that has existed between the City of Stuart and Martin County. It is true that, at times, there has been tension between the governmental entities. But why should it exist at all? All local government, both counties and...

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Amendment #1 Another Homestead Exemption

Amendment One The mission of the Martin County Taxpayer’s Association (MCTA) is: 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...

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BOCC reports

The following is a report from our Watchdogs of the PM session of the BOCC on 9/11/18     First on the agenda was DEPT-2  Martin County Tangible Personal Property Grant Program. The current TPP Grant program with FPL is no longer valid now that Indiantown is...

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What Gov’t Services to Provide & How to Pay

What Government Services To Provide & How To Pay (Part 1) This is an excerpt from a piece written by Tom Campenni.  You can read the entire piece on TomCampenni.com.  Editing and italics provided by Exec. Dir. MCTA For the most part, governmental entities do not...

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Thoughts on the death of the Fire Fee Assessment

So what are the repercussions of the Board of County Commissioner’s decision to “kill” the Fire Fee Assessment?  After a large crowd assembled before the Commission to complain profusely that the fee would be “unfair” and “unequitable,” Commissioners Sarah Heard, Ed...

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The latest on Parks and Rec from our Watchdogs!

Park & Rec Advisory Board meeting August 16, 2018 Project Updates:     Stuart Beach dune walkway has been updated to meet ADA standards.     $500,000.00 was spent on new fences around athletic fields at Halpatioke Park. These fences are 30 ft high, replacing...

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Review of the Fire Fee Assessment

Martin County Taxpayer’s Association Review of Martin County’s Special Assessment for Fire Services   The mission of the Martin County Taxpayer’s Association (MCTA): “To monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public...

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School Board Millage Tax Increase Referendum

Martin County Taxpayer’s Association Review of Martin County School District’s Millage Increase The mission of the Martin County Taxpayer’s Association (MCTA) is: “To monitor and review all fiscal and tax matters affecting Martin County. To engage public officials,...

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MC BOCC afternoon meeting June 19, 2018

The MC School Board made a presentation to explain their request for one-half mill ad valorem tax increase for essential operating expenses. The request for the half-cent per dollar sales surtax levy for critical capital needs was also discussed. A commissioner stated...

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Lighting on Hutchinson Island – The Facts

It has come to the attention of the Martin County Taxpayers Association that some mis-information has been distributed regarding the installation of light poles on Hutchinson Island.  The facts are as follows: The plan for additional lighting has been ongoing since...

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Martin County’s Government Restaurants

Americans love to say they believe in the capitalistic system. We believe that government should stay out of the markets. We should leave to the private sector to operate businesses, instead of bureaucrats. If the public sector is involved, it usually results in the...

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PRAB Meeting Notes: May 17, 2018

Project Updates: Bathtub Beach is now open with new restrooms that have been relocated so they can't wash away. Two parks are under review. JV Reed and Zeus parks are in the early design stage for additional parking. JV Reed often has two different sports being played...

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The Cost of School Security to MC Taxpayers…

WHAT IS THE COST OF SCHOOL SECURITY TO TAXPAYERS… PRICELESS   One of those issues that will require immediate attention is the new mandate from Tallahassee regarding at least one school resource officer (SRO) in each school. Presently there are 11 SROs in Martin...

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Sailfish Splash Waterpark

That Sailfish Splash Water Park (SSWP) has always been controversial is an understatement.  SSWP was born out of what the taxpayer was told was a need to replace the Martin County High School Swimming Pool (which we are still paying well over $100,000 through our...

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Parks and Rec Feb 2018

Park and Rec Advisory Board meeting February 15, 2018 Pegeen Hanrahan, Southeast Urban Parks Finance Director, The Trust for Public Land spoke to the board regarding possible funding options for Park & Rec's Master Plan and Capital Improvement Plan. The Trust for...

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Lake Point -12-2017

Martin County Taxpayers Association   Taxpayers Got Raw Deal in Lake Point Settlement Thomas Kenny III Published 2:13 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2017 | Updated 9:54 a.m. ET Dec. 29, 2017 - TCPALM Article Commissioner Ed Fielding and former commissioner Anne Scott each face...

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