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Old 11-18-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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I understand Viera is still unincorporated and part of Melbourne. Are there any plans to incorporate this area? Has it ever come up before?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:29 PM
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Viera is still unincorporated and part of Melbourne.

It's one or the other, not both. I'm sure there's been discussion about incorporation.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Florida/Oberbayern
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What would you wish to incorporate it as or with?
How would your wishes impact their lives?

(Who pays 'up front' and how do they get the money back?

I don't live in Viera. Incorporate it all you want, but if it's not attractive to me, I'll shop online.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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Hmmm....maybe I did not make myself clear. I am just wondering if there are any plans to make Viera its own city. Usually when a town incorporates, it declares it is its own city with its own government, laws, taxes, etc. Since Viera is part of Melbourne, it is not incorporated. Anyone who lives in Viera has a Melbourne address or a Rockledge address, to my understanding. When a community gets as big as Viera, it is common for them to incorporate which impacts utilities and homeowner's taxes. That's why I was asking.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Florida/Oberbayern
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I've no experience of incorporating a town, Carrie, but I suspect it might be easier to persuade people who live in single houses on individually-owned lots to incorporate than it would be to persuade (fairly large) HOA'S/Gated Communities (which already have their own rules and bylaws) to do so.

There are one or two significantly large HOAs which have been around since Murrell Rd was a dirt track and long before anybody even thought about building Viera. I doubt that they would be particularly interested in becoming incorporated.

I understand that there are plans to build significantly more houses to the West of I 95 and is and when that happens, no doubt there will be more interest in incorporation. I 95 is (IMO) an unfortunate barrier which divides Viera.

I don't know how incorporation would affect utilities. Electricity is provided by FPL, Cable by Brighthouse and Water by Cocoa Water. I'm not aware that there is any choice and I doubt that incorporation would encourage any viable competition.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:05 AM
 
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Let me explain further:

The community of Viera East is incorporated (See here)

Many of the others are already incorporated. - They've been incorporated for years and their existing agreements meet their needs.

Newly formed incorporations have the power to raise taxes.

Existing corporations do not,

We (where I live) don't need extra taxes, thanks
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Let me explain further:

The community of Viera East is incorporated (See here)

Many of the others are already incorporated. - They've been incorporated for years and their existing agreements meet their needs.

Newly formed incorporations have the power to raise taxes.

Existing corporations do not,

We (where I live) don't need extra taxes, thanks
Taxes do not always go up -- What typically happens is that the new 'city' keeps the city - type taxes that the county currently imposes on you to provide city services. (Police, Fire, Garbage Pick-up, code enforcement, etc..)

Since I have been involved with the forming of cities I can speak from experience - albeit not in Brevard County. When the community lines are drawn, a financial assesment of the new areais done. If the new community brings in more money (taxes and fees) that is expended on it, it is called a 'donor' community. If the new community pays less money in taxes for the services it gets, it is called a 'recipient' community. THAT is what you need to be careful of as that almost certainly means a tax increases or decrease in services provided.

If you draw lines around a new community that has a low tax base it will not be able to support itself, but the higher tax base communities could and in fact have a SURPLUS of money to gdo things with. Typically counties like the new cities to be revenue nuetral, so that there own tax base doesn't have to go up to keep services the same. And since Brevard is not a home rule charter county (at least I do not think it is) the incorporations will be driven more by state rules, than by county charter/rule. I don't have experience in non-home rule charter counties.

Obviously your area and situation will be different than the areas I have experience with - but to make a blanket statement of taxes will increase if an area incorporates is NOT TRUE. Incorporating also lets you direct the multitude of other revenue streams to assist YOUR community. (inspection, occupancy fees, 9-1-1 fees, commercial licenses, traffic ticket, etc...) The area I live in used to be unincorporated and is now a city. My taxes are not any higher than if it was still incorporated. I was concerned and was against incorporation when it was going on.

HOWEVER, we now have repaved streets, more parks, easily accessible government, tighter code enforcement (and they enforce what the residents overall want), and more Police Officers to address our concerns. In a nusthell, I am glad we did incorporate, despite my initial objections to it.

Just my .02. Don't knock it until you've studied it and put the time in to determine whether it is right for your community or not. It may not be right for you or your community. Afterall, IIRC Brevard has had a city or two dissolve and go back to the county or join another existing city.
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