FMO Newsletter May 2020 Print

    President's Report

    Greetings, I hope this finds you safe.  These certainly are trying times.  We have made many sacrifices but I believe that we care so much about each other we accepted them without hesitation.  Our generation not only is the most vulnerable but also the most willing to sacrifice for others.  As a result, Florida with its 21.5 million people has one of the lowest positive cases and death rate.

    I have taken the initiative to write three of the largest community owners and one of our HOA Presidents has contacted the fourth.  We did not focus on the loss of amenities but the fact that we have been affected economically.  Some have lost jobs and most have seen their wealth reduced by 20 to 25%.

    We pointed out that we are their customers and a list of other corporations who have offered their customers some form of economic relief. This is relatively new and as of this writing we have not had any feedback.

    I have noticed that there seems to be no consensus nor cohesiveness within FMHA.  Some communities are opening their pools but the rules for doing so are all over the place.  Limiting the amount of people in the pool and cleaning at various times.  Larger communities are even rotating those who can use the pool. Normalcy is still so far away.

    For those who are able, please consider how you can help someone else. Food banks, organizations that help with rents and caring for your neighbors are just a few ways we can pull through this together.  The greatest generation is mostly gone and the baton has been handed to us.  FMO is not just an organization, it is people who care.

    Be safe,

    Jerry Durham

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    Legislative Briefs - Nancy Black Stewart

    There is continued interest in the status of CS/CS/CS HB 1339.  {As an aside, each CS represents changes to the bill by a House committee…3 committee references, and each committee made changes.  Changes made on the floor of the House and Senate are tracked differently.} 

    The bill is still in the possession of the Legislature today, May 14.  The Legislature has respected the Governor’s request to let him concentrate on the Florida response to COVID-19.  The Governor has 15 days to take action when he receives it. 

    Of the 210 bills passed this Session, only 16 have been transmitted to the Governor…and most of them were sent prior to adjournment of Session in March.  The effective date of HB 1339 is July 1, 2020, regardless of when the Governor receives it.  The FMO has written a letter to the Governor urging his support.

    One bill that has become law may affect your pocket!  The tax package again include a Disaster Preparedness sales tax holiday for purchases May 29 through June 4.  There will be no sales tax collected on the following items:  A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less; A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather-band radio selling for $50 or less; A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less; An item normally sold as, or generally advertised as, a ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less; A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less; A package of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less; A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less; A portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less; or, Reusable ice selling for $10 or less.

    There will also be a Back-to-School sales tax holiday August 7 through August 9 on certain clothing, shoes, school supplies, and the 1st $1,000 of a personal computer.  More on that in July!

     

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    Did you know?

    Fifty four years ago, while many of our current park residents were fighting in Vietnam or pioneering our race to the moon, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the right of cities and counties to tax mobile homes as real property. A hue & cry was heard across the state and on Nov 2, 1965 Amendment 5 to the Florida Constitution was passed. The Florida Constitution, Article VII, Section 1(b) states:  “Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as defined by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes”

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