Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 070015
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File Number: 070015 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-272-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: TAX DEFERRAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Introduced: 1/3/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/6/2007
Agenda Date: 3/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A13
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER, PROPERTY APPRAISER, AND TAX COLLECTOR TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 197.252 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES, WHICH DECREASES THE AGE AND INCREASES THE INCOME THRESHOLD REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY TO DEFER PAYMENT OF AD VALOREM AND NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMUNITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGIES ALLIANCE TASKFORCE
Indexes: HOUSING
  TAXES
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/6/2007 11A13 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007 2DD Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Benitez read the foregoing resolution into the record. Commissioners Diaz and Sosa asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 2/6/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/13/2007

Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 1/18/2007 2D Carried over Due to Lack of a Quorum

Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 1/16/2007 2E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. He noted Commissioner Martinez requested that he be added as co-sponsor on the foregoing proposed resolution. Hearing no objection, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 1/3/2007 Referred Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 2/15/2007

County Attorney 1/3/2007 Referred Community Empowerment & Econ. Revitalization Cmte. 1/16/2007

County Attorney 1/3/2007 Assigned Mandana Dashtaki 1/3/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER, PROPERTY APPRAISER, AND TAX COLLECTOR TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 197.252 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES, WHICH DECREASES THE AGE AND INCREASES THE INCOME THRESHOLD REQUIRED FOR ELIGIBILITY TO DEFER PAYMENT OF AD VALOREM AND NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMUNITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGIES ALLIANCE TASKFORCE

BODY
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature amended Florida Statute §197.252, entitled “Homestead Tax Deferral,” decreasing the age and increasing the income threshold required for eligibility to defer ad valorem property taxes and non-ad valorem assessments in their entirety; and
WHEREAS, Florida Statute §197.252 as amended reduces the senior age requirement from 70 years of age to 65 and increases the minimum household income level for seniors from $12,000 to equal the minimum household income requirement for senior homestead exemptions pursuant to Florida Statute §196.075; and
WHEREAS, this amendment will enable a larger population of homestead property owners to elect to defer all or a portion of the combined total of the ad valorem taxes and any non-ad valorem assessments; and
WHEREAS, the Board adopted Resolution No. R-588-06, as amended by Resolution No. R-1176-06, that created the Community Affordable Housing Strategies Alliance Taskforce (“CAHSA”); and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA has been charged by the Board to perform certain functions to address the housing crisis in Miami-Dade County as it relates to households whose income is up to 140 percent of the area median income in Miami-Dade County; and to develop innovative solutions to address this housing crisis; and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA has been further charged by the Board to make final findings and recommendations to the Board regarding the measures to address the present housing crisis in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, prior to making its final findings and recommendation to the Board, CAHSA was required to transmit a preliminary report; and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA submitted its preliminary report, which includes findings and recommendations, to the Board on November 27, 2006; and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA’s Tax/Relief/Incentives/Abatement and Property Insurance Issues Committee recommends that the County consider directing the County Manager, Property Appraiser, and the Tax Collector to better market and advertise the recently amended property tax deferral statute for low income senior homeowners using the various government offices as points of material distribution, newspaper promotions and mass mailings associated with tax bills and/or homestead exemption receipts; and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA finds that an outreach and education campaign should be organized in an effort to inform low income senior homeowners how to lessen their financial burdens and how to reduce the risk of losing their properties; and

WHEREAS, many Miami-Dade residents are unaware of the changes to and their options under the Homestead Tax Deferral Statute; and
WHEREAS, the CAHSA finds that there is a need to educate the public concerning their obligations and rights under these laws; and
WHEREAS, the Board desires to implement the CAHSA recommendations,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the County Manager, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector to develop and implement a program to educate the public concerning the amendments to Florida Statute §197.252 and their obligations and rights pertaining to said statute.



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