The Meeting was called to order at 11:00 A.M. by President Rozema.
Board Members present: Rozema, Ieraci, Berkowitz, Glickfield, Gill, Guttman, Rossi, Alfano, Blacke, Comis, Freismuth, Gilligan, Hamaker, Mayor, McBride, Montross, Schultz and Songer.
Approval of Minutes - The minutes for March 17, 2005 were approved.
Old & New Business - President Rozema introduced and welcomed Lori Parrish, Broward County Property Appraiser, and Bob Wolfe, her Director of Media and Governmental Relations. They shared the following:
- She recently completed her 100 working days as Property Appraiser.
- High quality customer service is one of her goals, an example being homestead exemptions. Customers no longer have to wait to speak to a particular specialist because now everyone is trained to handle this task.
- She is available by email; the 300-600 daily emails received are answered by the end of the day.
- Wages and opportunities for women and minorities were brought to appropriate levels.
- The Office needs 20 new appraisers and the space to accommodate them.
- When calling the office, dialing “0” will connect you to a real person, not a recording.
- New Fraud Department - 131 cases opened in her first 17 days. In her first 60 days, she found $12 million; half billion dollars is fraudulently buried in the tax rolls; discovery of these funds by this department should lower taxes.
- She answered questions regarding reassessment - the Office can legally go back 10 years to recover taxes due.
- Tax rolls will be accurate and current by July 2006.
- Her staff is pleased; an open door policy has been instituted.
- She answered a question about reducing property valuations. She referred inquiry to Bob Scherer of Condos and Co-ops in the Real Property Department.
- A homeowner may rent homesteaded property once during in a lifetime without losing the Exemption. If the rental extends past January 1st, the homestead exemption is forfeit. A sales tax is due on rentals. Many people are not paying the sales tax.
- Parrish explained portability for “save our homes” protection. Taking “save our homes” protection with you locally would require a constitutional amendment. She intends to work on this next year.
- She feels that audits should be made public.
Suggestion made to mail laws to Presidents/Managers on the Galt Mile. Pio asked if there was a formula that could be used to differentiate the appraised value from the market value - furnishings are included in the market value. She said that, “unfortunately, it has to be determined on a case by case basis”.
Click Here to read about Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish’s address to the Galt Mile Community Association Advisory Board Meeting . [Editor]
Opus South - Robert Lochrie gave a presentation
- The project is consistent with the Galt Merchants Association Master Plan
- two separate towers are planned
- a parking garage is planned for public parking
- streets will be narrowed - parallel parking
- retail establishments on lower level, residential space above
- The fire station will be rebuilt at a new location, possibly Oakland Park Boulevard
- A park on the north side will allow access to the waterway
- new pavers/landscaping
- 15 foot wide sidewalks
- completion target date: 3 - 3 1/2 years from now
- The project is expected to be heard by the zoning board in May and the City Commission in July-September.
- tower will be 12 stories total, including garage
- Units will cost from $500,000 to $1,400,000.
Il Lugano - Ralph Hamaker - 32nd Street will be closed during construction. Permits have been received.
Click Here to access an update of Il Lugano’s progress. [Editor]
Smile on the Mile - The Galt Mile looks better.
Newsletter Discussion - New issue will be out this week.
Galt Mile Web Site - Eric Berkowitz reported there had been 468,490 hits in March, including 20,300 unique site visits. Eric reported on the condo bill (HB 1229) on the website.
Correspondence - Reviewed attached correspondence and police reports.
Treasurer’s Report - Leah Glickfield reported $15,513.02 in our Treasury.
Other Business Eric: Oakland Park Boulevard bridge painting will be done next year - May/June 2006. Commercial Boulevard construction will be completed by next summer.
Next Board Meeting - THE NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005 AT NICK’S ITALIAN KITCHEN AT 11:00 A.M.
Meeting adjourned at 11:40 A.M.
Fern McBride, Assistant Secretary