Gateway HOA leaders notified of proposed changes to district’s assessment methodology

Posted on May 14, 2020, 2:04 pm
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The Gateway District has informed the Home Owner’s Associations of the proposed change to the assessment methodology for Gateway and Pelican Preserve.

Details of the proposal were first reported by the Gateway Sun on April 30, which you can read about right here:

https://gatewaysun.com/2020/04/30/new-study-proposes-sweeping-changes-to-gateway-districts-assessments/

Residents who have concerns about the changes should email the Board of Supervisors, especially Supervisor Doug Banks as he loves to hear from you on these kinds of matters. The board members emails are listed below.

Here is the district’s memo to the HOAs:

THIS IS A BIG DEAL – PROPOSED ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY WOULD BRING BIG CHANGES

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WILL YOUR RESIDENTS, THE HOA STAFF AND CAM’S.

GATEWAY STAFF AND THEIR CONSULTANT HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A REVISED ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY TO REPLACE THE SYSTEM ESTABLISHED AND USED SINCE 1986. THE INTENT IS TO REPLACE THE OUTDATED SYSTEM WITH A CURRENT METHODOLOGY THAT IS “FAIR AND EQUITABLE” IN ASSIGINING THE BUDGETED OPERATION AND MAINTENACE COSTS TO RESIDENTS AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.

THE NEW METHODOLOGY PROPOSES TO INCREASE THE ASSESSMENT TO SINGLE FAMILY HOMES BY $67.14 AND REDUCING THE ASSESSMENT TO MULTI-FAMILY UNITS BY $117.19. WHY? THE METHODOLOGY SHOWS THE BURDEN TO THE STORMWATER MANGEMENT SYSTEM AND ROADWAYS ARE GREATER FOR SINGLE FAMILY HOMES THAN MULTI-FAMILY. THE SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ARE LARGER AND CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE STORMWATER RUNOFF. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES PRODUCE MORE ROAD “TRIPS” AS THEY HAVE MORE RESDIENTS AND VEHICLES THAN THE TYPICAL MULTI-FAMILY UNITS. THE TRIP CALCULATIONS ARE DONE TO THE SAME SPECIFICATION USED IN THE TRIP GENERATION MANUAL, INSTITUTE OF TRAFFIC ENGINEERS. THE STORMWATER RUNOFF ARE DONE BY DETAILED MEASUREMENT OF PERVIOUS (BARE GROUND) AND IMPERVIOUS (BUILDINGS AND PAVEMENT) SURFACE AREA.

THERE ARE SIMILAR CHANGES TO THE ASSESSMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES. THOSE WITH LITTLE TRAFFIC WILL SEE A REDUCTION IN THE ASSESSMENT WHERE A BUSY RESTAURANT WILL SEE AN INCREASE DUE TO THE NUMBER OF TRIPS GENERATED BY THAT TYPE OF BUSINESS. THE CLUB AT GATEWAY GOLF COURSE WILL SEE A LARGE REDUCTION IN THE ASSESSMENT FOR STORMWATER AS IT WAS CALCULATED PREVIOUSLY ON A PER ACRE BASIS, BUT THE GOLF COURSE PROPERTY IS MOSTLY PERVIOUS AND CONTRIBUTES LITTLE TO THE STORMWATER RUNNOFF. THERE ARE INCREASES FOR CHURCH PROPERTIES THAT WERE PREVIOULSLY ASSESSED ON THE STANDARD PER ACRE METHOD.

THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WAS INCLUDED IN THE MOST RECENT UTILITY BILL WHICH WILL BE RECEIVED BY RESIDENTS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

THE BOARD SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING ON THIS ITEM FOR THURSDAY, MAY 21, AT 3:00PM. BUT THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD ON GOTOMEETING AND ALLOW LIMITED PUBLIC ACCESS AND ATTENDANCE DUE TO COVID19. THE BOARD WILL CONTINUE THE MEETING TO JUNE 4TH OR A FUTURE DATE TO ALLOW FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND ATTENDANCE. THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE METHODOLOGY ARE SOLID AND ARE “FAIR AND EQUITABLE”. BUT THE TIMING MAY NOT BE SO GOOD DUE TO COVID19 AND THE IMPACTS TO THE ECONOMY AND RESDIENTS.

THE APPENDIX TO THE REPORT SHOWS THE IMPACT TO EACH PROPERTY BY THE PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER. BUT THE FINAL ASSESSMENT WILL BE KNOW ONCE THE BOARD ADOPTS THE TENTATIVE BUDGET AT THE MEETING ON JUNE 4TH. WHILE THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT NEEDS AND COSTS TO REPAIR ROADS, SIDEWALKS AND THE STORMWATER PIPES AND DRAINS, THE BOARD AND STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE ANY NON-ESSIENTIAL ITEMS AND MAINTAIN THE ASSESSMENT LEVEL USED LAST YEAR WITH LITTLE OR NO INCREASE. THAT IS OUR GOAL.

PLEASE LOOK OVER THESE DOCUMENTS. YOU MAIL EMAIL YOU OPINIONS AND CONCERNS TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVIORS:

Seat 1 Chairperson: Margaret.Fineberg@gatewaydistrict.org
Seat 2 Vice Chair William.Guy@gatewaydistrict.org
Seat 2 Kathy.Flaherty@gatewaydistrict.org
Seat 3 Ed.tinkle@gatewaydistrict.org
Seat 5 Doug.Banks@gatewaydistrict.org

YOU MAY ALSO SEND COMMENTS NOTED “ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY” TO customercare@gatewaydistrict.org . THESE COMMENTS WILL BE COUNTED AND MADE PART OF THE RECORD OF THE BOARD MEETING AS SUBMITTED BY RESIDENTS.

YOUR INPUT, OPINION AND PARTICIPATION ARE APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU

CHRIS SHOEMAKER, DISTRICT MANAGER

GATEWAY SERVICES

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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