|FLORIDA, January 1, 2007
Hopefully you all had
enjoyable holidays, despite all the complicated problems
The year 2006 clearly showed that
“the foxes have been guarding the henhouse” in
So, in November we voted for a new Florida Cabinet and quite a few new legislators -- and can only hope that we didn't fall again for election fairy tales:
We can only hope that we didn't fall for fairy tales again.
Did we elect legislators who will keep their election promises? If not, we will see our economy going down the drain and many of us unable to meet the financial challenges!
2006 created for many of us severe financial problems, caused by three major factors:
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE - REALLY FAST!
INSURANCE: Do you still believe that the insurance industry
is willing to come up with feasible plans to create affordable premiums
for property owners? You
may recognize this deliberately offensive pattern:
Insurance companies demand that we pay exorbitant premiums, while
they smugly record huge profits. Then
when we file a legitimate claim, the claim is denied or our coverage is
PROPERTY TAXES: Do you foresee a future where ALL OF US can pay reasonable property taxes? We need to create a system that will allow us to move into a smaller and less expensive home without getting punished by higher taxes. We also need a system that will encourage even the “snowbirds” to return here every winter! When everybody pays into the big pot, our economy will thrive. To develop a fairer property tax system our local government entities must get back down to earth. Stop wasting our tax dollars!
SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FROM HOMEOWNERS' + CONDO ASSOCIATIONS:
Do you notice the trend in associations to levy more and more special assessments? We can no longer afford to allow our money to be wasted by boards that lack the knowledge to make the right financial decisions. Some prime examples of how boards waste our money: By filing frivolous lawsuits that cost our association members millions of dollars; by lack of enforcement of the statutes and rules; and by total absence of accountability of the people in charge. We need a system that will guarantee owners more say in the management of their communities, more say in how their money is being spent -- and a government agency that will do more than provide lip-service when it comes to enforcement!
(American Association of Retired Persons) and LULAC (League
of United Latin American Citizens) -- two of the biggest
consumer advocacy groups -- have realized that association reform is
desperately needed to protect the welfare of our citizens and their families.
The AARP published the AARP
Bill of Homeowners’ Rights -- A
MODEL STATUTE -- that
encourages legislators from all over the nation to consider the various
proposals to meet those goals. Bill
proposals that improve
when successful efforts are made to reform these three serious problems will
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!
CYBER CITIZENS FOR JUSTICE, INC.
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