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Old 05-16-2015, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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I have been watching MSBUs and how the fees are imposed. By being non-advalorum, these are imposed by cities, counties, utility districts with no real imput from voters. As one Utility director stated, since most surveyed did not return their surveys, this counts as approval of the $8000 plus lien placed on their property even though all the returned surveys objected to it.

Road replacing, sewers, etc, all are assessed through MSBUs. As the voters have no ability to really reject these through petition, votes, we are being assessed without our approval.

And the government entities will object to change because these are cash-cows for them.

IMO. It is time to do away with these egregious regressive forms of taxation. What say you?

Last edited by Restrain; 05-16-2015 at 06:58 AM.. Reason: Typo
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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As good or as bad as the government agency that runs them.

My suburblet in an unincorporated part of the county voted to form an MSBU about ten years back because we wanted a higher level of landscaping along the major road right of ways but didn't want to go the HOA route. So instead we have a small government board that does landscaping and interfaces with the county and FDOT and effectively functions as an HOA but is limited under state law from ever growing into something more than that like private HOAs do. If someone writes to them and complains about a neighbor letting their lawn go, they'll simply say it's beyond their scope and give them the phone number for county code compliance and wish them luck, (they post all correspondence on the MSBU web site) and for the beaver dam problems a few years back, they' refer people to Fish & Wildlife. Board is elected on the same ballot as when we vote for county commissioners and local fire department board and such so no back room board appointments as long as someone is willing to run.

Original fee was $60 per single family home per year with a maximum 10% increase in a year, which, IIRC, has rarely increased that much. To go beyond that would require approval Tallahassee complete with a referendum from voters and that's unlikely.

The original vote on it was passed by about a 65% -35% margin and my 75% Republican area still regards it as a useful tax that provides a benefit we see every day.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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You voted to voluntarily create this. Counties routinely create these without meaningful input from the people affected. Fees can run hundreds per year over and above the ad valorum taxes already paid for what should be covered by ad valorum taxes, all to avoid limitations in tax increases.
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