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Masquerade Annual Auction
  Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

SatisFacts Grand Prix: A 3-Part Seminar for
 On-Site Personnel on Resident Interaction,
   Service Request Process, Changing Your 
   Online Story - July 30th  2:00 - 6:00 pm

“Responding to Rating Reviews” Dinner Meeting  
                   Thursday, July 30, 2015
        Speaker: Nia Nichole Smith, SatisFacts

Suppliers Success Course
August 18th  9:00 - 4:00 pm

BAAA/FAA Hosted Reception &
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BluVu Room at Westin Tampa Bay

"Fair Housing for Office & Maintenance"
  Guest Speaker: Nadeen Green, ForRent
  Polk County: Sept. 16th 4:30-7:00 pm
Tampa: Sept. 17th 8:30 - 12:00 pm

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By Kevin Schwartz Government Affairs Director

Fire assessment fees have become the darling of municipal and county governments desperate to fill budget gaps without raising property taxes on residents.

The latest happened June 16 when the city of Lake Wales in Polk county passed a $150 fee per residential unit –
whether apartment unit or single-family home – on all residential property owners except non-profits and government entities. The town needed to replace service that the county would no longer perform, but that cost is about $260,000. The new fee will raise more than $1 million.

City commissioners promised to
lower the property tax rate, saving property owners nearly half-a-million, but citizens complained mightily about the fee for more than two hours at a public hearing before the vote, according to local newspaper coverage.

A member notified BAAA about the vote the morning after. The commission decided on May 20 to put the fee to a vote and sent out required notice. A similar fee in Hernando County was cut by two-thirds for apartments after a BAAA-requested study showed that fewer than 2 percent of all fire calls went to multi-family housing.

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