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Page 8, Viewpointe                                                 September 2020
      Tax Talk

      Dear Friends,                                         • Steps she is taking to ensure the agency is able to   Gannon Reflects on Her Year
         It’s been a very busy                           continue to serve the public safely and efficiently
      summer as we continue                                 • Operational improvements she is implementing to   as President of the Florida Tax
      to serve more clients by                           help save clients time and money
      appointment in our offices.                           • Improvements to the appointment process including  Collectors Association
      I am receiving mostly                              new email reminders
      positive feedback from                                Listen to the full podcast at:     When Hon. Anne M. Gannon began her one-year term
      clients who enjoy coming in                        interviews-with-anne/                             as president of the Florida Tax Collectors Association
      for service without waiting                                                                          (FTCA) on August 28, 2019, she began her term focused
      in a crowded lobby. Many                           Anne Shares Important                             on providing leadership and advocacy in support of all tax
      clients are able to complete                                                                         collectors and the Floridians they serve. Then she faced
      their transaction with us in                       Information About Rent and                        a global pandemic crisis.
      less than 15 minutes.                                                                                   “Most tax collector offices, including my own, were
         September  is  also  a  busy  month  as  we  have  two  Utility Assistance                        forced to close their doors to the public to reduce the
      important tax deadlines this month. If you are enrolled                                              spread of illness,” said Gannon. “I am proud of the
      in our budget-friendly Installment Payment Plan, your      With  COVID-19  continuing  to cause  extreme   work we did to help safely reopen tax collector offices
      second payment is due Sept. 30. It’s also time for business   hardships for many in Palm Beach County, I often hear   throughout Florida. Many of us transformed from a walk-
      owners to renew their local business tax receipt by Sep.   from residents who are deeply worried about paying their   in business model to one that requires appointments for
      30. Both payments can be conveniently paid online at   bills, especially for housing and utilities. Fortunately,   in-person service.”                                    there is help available locally, and I am pleased to share      As FTCA president, Gannon also provided guidance
                                       Anne M. Gannon    these important program details with you.         to tax collectors in Volusia, Broward and Miami-Dade
                             Constitutional Tax Collector,      Palm Beach County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund   counties. These counties are transitioning from appointed
                              Serving Palm Beach County  Rent and Utilities Assistance Program provides one-  to independently-elected constitutional tax collectors.
                                                         time rental and/or utility assistance to residents who   This transition is required by Amendment 10 which was
      Anne Gannon: Taking Charge                         have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours   approved by Florida voters in 2019. She also assisted
                                                                                                           several tax collectors with improving their websites to
                                                         or unemployment due to COVID-19. Applications
      and Making Changes                                 are accepted online and by drive-thru at the County’s   provide citizens with greater access to online services.
                                                         Community Services Department offices in West Palm      “I am proud of the innovative practices we developed
         Anne recently sat down with Penny Pompei, host of   Beach and Riviera Beach. Please call 561-355-4792 to   and implemented during a very trying time,” reflected
      “Talk of the Palm Beaches” on 95.9 FM, to discuss the   make an appointment and learn about drive-thru hours.  Gannon. “These operational changes are helping all tax
      many innovative changes she is implementing at the      Please note: A valid driver license or state identification   collectors provide more efficient service to the citizens
      Constitutional Tax Collector’s Office.             card is required to apply for this program. If you need   of Florida when they need it most.”
         “We faced some very difficult challenges with   help obtaining a valid driver license or state ID card,
      this  coronavirus,”  said Anne.  “But  we  used  it  as  an   please visit to make  an appointment   Important Dates and
      opportunity for improvement.”                      for in-person service at one of our offices.
         During the 50-minute interview, Anne discussed a      FPL is also helping its customers who are experiencing   Deadlines
      wide range of topics including:                    financial hardship due to COVID-19. The company has
                                                         suspended disconnections for non-payment and continues   Sept. 30 Local Business Tax Receipt Renewals due
                                                         to waive late fees and additional payment extensions to      September Installment Payment Plan payment due
                                                         help customers manage past-due balances.          Oct. 5  Deadline to register to vote in 2020 General Election
                                                            Customers may also qualify for assistance through      Born in November? Registrations expired at midnight on
                                                         the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program     your birthday.
                                                         (LIHEAP) and FPL’s Care to Share Program. To learn      Renew 90 days in advance at 
                                                         more, please visit

                                                          Community Association Meetings Monthly Schedule

                                                                          (All meetings suspended until further notice.)

                                                             All meetings take place at the Community Association Office, 6909 S.W. 18th St., Suite 120.
                                                             The following is our regular schedule of monthly meetings, however, sometimes meetings are canceled or schedules
                                                          are revised due to holidays, etc.
                                                             If you would like to attend, please call in advance just to double check that the meeting will take place as regularly

                                                             Access Control & Safety Committee                 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

                                                             Architectural Control Site Committee              1st Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.
                                House for                    Board of Directors                                3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

                            Annual Rental
                                                             Budget & Finance Committee                        The Friday before the third Tuesday of
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