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CRA special called meeting

Thursday, October 7, 2010

9:00 a.m. session


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08:45:32 >> JOSEPH CAETANO: Today is October 7, 2010.

09:04:17 This is a CRA meeting.

09:04:20 First order of business, we'll have roll call.

09:04:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

09:04:28 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.

09:04:31 >>CURTIS STOKES: Present.

09:04:33 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Here.

09:04:33 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Chairman, Councilwoman Miller had a

09:04:40 death in her family, and the clerk should have that.

09:04:44 I know she was given a copy of that so I suggest we add

09:04:46 a letter to the record.

09:04:47 As you know her mother passed.

09:04:49 And so certainly our thoughts are with her and our

09:04:52 prayers are with her and her family.

09:04:54 And I understand funeral service is scheduled for

09:04:56 Saturday.

09:04:57 I just don't know what time or where at this point.

09:05:03 11:00, new mount Zion, Columbus drive.

09:05:11 Pastor Williams is the pastor there.

09:05:12 So certainly our thoughts are with her.

09:05:15 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Mary Mulhern will be introducing

09:05:22 our prayer.

09:05:23 >>MARY MULHERN: Alan Snell with southwest Florida

09:05:30 bicycle united dealers, an alliance of Tampa Bay area

09:05:35 bike stores and lawyers promoting healthy life-style,

09:05:39 and bicycling, will give our invocation.

09:05:43 He's a 25 year newspaper reporter who worked in New

09:05:48 York, south Florida, Seattle, Denner, Tampa Bay, and

09:05:52 co-founded the Seminole Heights bicycle club.

09:05:54 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: When we are done with the prayer

09:05:59 we will have a moment of silence for Ms. Miller's

09:06:05 mother passed away as Reverend Scott said.

09:06:07 Then we will have the pledge of allegiance after that.

09:06:09 >> May way pray and reflect on the beauty of life and

09:06:23 the sanctity of life.

09:06:26 And also, sadly, reflect on the loss of life because of

09:06:32 a vibrant and beautiful woman named Diane VEGA here in

09:06:36 Tampa.

09:06:36 She woke up last Friday, and then did a simple act

09:06:39 which she loved to do every day, hop on her two wheeler

09:06:44 and pedal to her job, like so many others in our city.

09:06:48 Tragically, she never made it to her destination.

09:06:51 Like several others here in Tampa, and in our

09:06:55 neighboring and sister communities in the past few

09:06:58 weeks.

09:06:58 As we discuss bicycle safety later this morning,

09:07:01 Diane's beloved family members will lay her to rest.

09:07:07 With such deep sadness we must work together as a city

09:07:10 to build a safer city for those who choose a transport

09:07:13 other than a car.

09:07:16 May we work together with our government brothers and

09:07:18 sisters in Hillsborough County and forge a unified and

09:07:21 comprehensive safety plan to stem the wave of bicycle

09:07:25 deaths.

09:07:26 May we find peace and safety on our roads.

09:07:29 May we tap our spiritual inspiration to realize this.

09:07:33 Amen.

09:07:36 (moment of silence)

09:07:40 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]

09:08:02 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: The first order of business is

09:08:03 public comment.

09:08:04 You can speak on anything that's on the agenda.

09:08:05 >> Mr. Chairman, vice chair, other members of the CRA,

09:08:19 I'm Al Davis, 3717 East Wilder.

09:08:27 I will not belabor in deference to Ms. Miller, and

09:08:37 bestow my condolences to her and to her family.

09:08:47 I do not have anything specific at this point,

09:08:50 Mr. Chairman, other than I will the CRA.

09:09:00 I do this in deference to your time, and since this is

09:09:08 a special meeting for this purpose, but I hope this

09:09:12 does not bar an opportunity to speak more specifically

09:09:17 to particularly the East Tampa CRA, and to member Gwen,

09:09:31 I would pause for a moment of silence.

09:09:39 Thank you, Mr. Vice chair.

09:09:40 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you, Mr. Davis.

09:09:43 >> Curtis brown.

09:09:49 And I'm a member of the East Tampa CRA.

09:09:53 And I just wanted to ask a question of the City Council

09:09:59 in terms of production of the budget for 2011 from

09:10:06 2010.

09:10:06 We went from 4 million to 800,000, over a $3 million

09:10:12 reduction, and no I know property values dropped, the

09:10:16 value of the property, but most properties did not

09:10:19 reduce by 80%.

09:10:22 Then right now I'm in the process of looking at some of

09:10:24 the properties.

09:10:29 In my opinion what I found so far, it's in the 20%

09:10:32 range.

09:10:34 It seems like the budget would have been reduced by

09:10:36 20%.

09:10:40 So some I definitely need someone to look at the

09:10:47 process of how the budget is structured so we don't go

09:10:49 through this again, because for 4,800,000 is a big

09:10:56 drop.

09:10:57 And going toward recurring expenses, so that only gives

09:11:01 us about 40% to work with.

09:11:04 And that's a big difference.

09:11:06 And that's all I have to say.

09:11:07 So I appreciate if we can look into and see if an error

09:11:12 is made somewhere and the correction can be made.

09:11:15 Thank you.

09:11:16 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you, sir.

09:11:18 Mr. Huey can you answer some of those questions?

09:11:21 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, I will be glad to.

09:11:23 I know it is confusing.

09:11:24 And we have the same questions and concerns when we saw

09:11:29 the assessments and the tax increment financing.

09:11:33 And let me give you a quick explanation.

09:11:36 We actually talked about this during our budget

09:11:39 preparation meeting.

09:11:43 And what makes this confusing is that the climb in the

09:11:46 TIF isn't really directly proportional to the time and

09:11:50 the property taxes that are being charged, because

09:11:53 remember the tax increment that you are budgeting in

09:11:57 East Tampa represents an amount over frozen base, an

09:12:02 increment over the frozen base.

09:12:04 So what happens is, really, as taxes erode, it doesn't

09:12:11 erode your frozen base.

09:12:12 So the 20% loss, if that's an accurate number in

09:12:16 property values, comes all out of the increment.

09:12:20 So that's what creates what seems like ab very

09:12:24 disproportional decline.

09:12:26 And we will be happy to visit with you and walk with

09:12:28 you on that.

09:12:29 We appreciate your question and it is a good one.

09:12:31 I don't think any of our redevelopment areas was

09:12:33 affected as detrimental as East Tampa was by the

09:12:38 decline in the assessed base.

09:12:41 So hopefully that's helpful.

09:12:44 And if there's any other questions, I will be glad to

09:12:47 answer those as well.

09:12:49 >>MARY MULHERN: Mr. Huey, maybe you could just remind

09:12:52 us what year the base -- what year it was formed.

09:13:01 >>MARK HUEY: If I could have the Elmo real quick.

09:13:07 This is a chart.

09:13:08 It in the budget book on page 63.

09:13:11 And you will see the history there of East Tampa.

09:13:14 2005 represents the base year, 2005, and so you can see

09:13:19 how it was set, looks like right around a half million,

09:13:25 or 500 million dollars.

09:13:28 You can see how the increment has grown.

09:13:30 And then this year it declined, 34% decline overall in

09:13:37 property values.

09:13:37 But you see how much the increment declined.

09:13:40 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you, Mr. Huey.

09:14:02 >>MOSES KNOTT, JR.: My name is Moses Knott, Jr., 2902

09:14:05 East Ellicott street three nights a week.

09:14:09 Then I thank God for his grace and his mercy.

09:14:12 That's all I have to lean on.

09:14:15 Brother chair, I wanted to talk about East Tampa.

09:14:21 My condolences to Ms. Miller about her mother.

09:14:25 And I was on the six-block committee, and I want to say

09:14:34 she is rarely blessed to have her mother all these many

09:14:38 years.

09:14:38 Thank you very much.

09:14:41 But I want to speak about this CRA thing, and about

09:14:47 this money in our neighborhood.

09:14:50 The last time we had money, up to $800,000.

09:14:56 It was last week.

09:14:57 I watch you all every week all night.

09:15:01 Can't sleep at night so I watch you all, all night.

09:15:04 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you.

09:15:07 >>> The last time we had a bunch of money over there in

09:15:09 our CRA, they took over half of that money and built a

09:15:12 brand new police station.

09:15:16 We ain't had no money since.

09:15:18 And now when I hear we got $800,000 over there -- let

09:15:24 me tell you one thing.

09:15:26 I represent East Tampa and the poor people.

09:15:28 I represent poor people now, because the middle class

09:15:30 people -- the people I represent, they don't have

09:15:34 nobody but me.

09:15:38 And I tell these poor people all they got going for

09:15:40 them is pray and vote and make sure you vote for a

09:15:47 politician that's going to do something.

09:15:50 The one thing in the world is put a do-nothing

09:15:55 politician in a seat.

09:15:59 But I want to speak about the bicycle thing.

09:16:01 And then there's what you call light rail.

09:16:10 I ain't paying a penny for that and I recommend all

09:16:13 poor peoples vote no.

09:16:16 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Mr. Moses, you have to speak on

09:16:18 the agenda.

09:16:18 >>> Okay.

09:16:20 I heard they were going to speak on the library.

09:16:22 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: We are on the CRA.

09:16:29 >>> Okay.

09:16:32 This bicycle thing now.

09:16:37 I can speak on the bicycles now?

09:16:39 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: No.

09:16:41 This is CRA.

09:16:41 >>> Okay.

09:16:43 Back to the CRA thing then, I can talk about that for

09:16:47 two hours.

09:16:48 Because we ain't got no parks over there.

09:16:51 And this year, didn't do a thing for us over there this

09:16:56 year neighborhood, you know, I tell the people,

09:17:00 our children need parks over there.

09:17:02 We have nothing to do about but go to jail.

09:17:05 Hang in the streets and put us in jail.

09:17:07 But this year, when they come over this year and say we

09:17:13 need some tax money and charged the children $25 a week

09:17:17 to come to the park.

09:17:19 Now that is the lowest thing I ever heard.

09:17:21 And it wasn't the poor peoples, come in and thank you

09:17:27 all for taking it down.

09:17:29 Now, the poor people we said, there was a crime

09:17:35 committed on us over there.

09:17:37 Anybody tell a poor black poor child you can't come to

09:17:40 the park, all the Haiti over there, and we in the same

09:17:48 shape Haiti over there, same shape.

09:17:50 We got thousands of people over there sleeping in cars

09:17:55 and houses.

09:17:57 Traffic lined up three, four city traffic blocks.

09:18:00 We got nothing over there.

09:18:02 And you all tell me you want a penny for light rail.

09:18:06 I'll be back to talk about it.

09:18:07 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you, sir.

09:18:09 Anybody else?

09:18:10 On the CRA matter.

09:18:12 Okay.

09:18:12 Mr. Huey.

09:18:14 You're next.

09:18:14 >>MARK HUEY: Mark Huey, economic development

09:18:18 administrator.

09:18:19 Before you this morning, very important approvals of

09:18:24 our annual budget.

09:18:26 Items 1 through 10 are each of the individual budgets.

09:18:30 Item 11 is the service agreement between the

09:18:33 redevelopment agency and the city which empowers the

09:18:38 city to move forward on your behalf to implement the

09:18:41 recommendations of the budget.

09:18:43 Two things that I wanted to note for you.

09:18:47 One, we sent you a memorandum this month that reflected

09:18:54 slight modifications to each budget that were the

09:18:57 result of the county adjusting their millage slightly.

09:19:03 So all of the budgets were adjusted.

09:19:06 None of the adjustments are of particular material but

09:19:09 we wanted you to have that information.

09:19:11 Secondly, board member Scott noted that we have not

09:19:15 included in the budget document a letter from the chair

09:19:20 of the CRA, comments by the chair, so we are adjusting

09:19:24 that.

09:19:25 And I will commit to you that before this is a document

09:19:32 for the general public and posted to our Web site,

09:19:34 there will be a message signed by the chair to reflect

09:19:38 her comments on the budget.

09:19:40 Otherwise, they are as they were presented to you last

09:19:45 August.

09:19:45 And they reflect the work that occurred during the

09:19:47 summer with the board, with our community advisory

09:19:53 committees, and with the staff.

09:19:55 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Thank you, Mr. Huey.

09:19:58 Reverend Scott.

09:19:59 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

09:20:00 First of all, there's a couple things I need to say

09:20:03 before we move.

09:20:04 This is one that we need to establish some kind of

09:20:07 guideline and policies relative to these called

09:20:11 meetings.

09:20:13 We have a called meeting, and clearly we had public

09:20:15 comments, and we are going to debate and talk here, so

09:20:18 we need a policy or some kind of rule about when we

09:20:24 have special called meetings P.I don't understand why

09:20:26 we take this time when we have set a specific date for

09:20:30 having these CRA meetings.

09:20:31 I understand called meetings are important.

09:20:33 But today you have Councilwoman Miller is out.

09:20:36 I will be out this afternoon.

09:20:37 So it would be good if we finish this morning's agenda

09:20:40 before I leave.

09:20:41 So I want to point that out.

09:20:43 Another thing I want to point out is, Mr. Huey, is-let

09:20:47 me be clear on this -- according to Florida statute

09:20:51 163, the body that has oversight over CRA is this body,

09:20:59 is that right?

09:21:01 >> Yes, sir.

09:21:02 >>THOMAS SCOTT: In other words, City Council has

09:21:04 oversight on all CRA in Tampa, period.

09:21:09 However, I raised it when I first came four years ago,

09:21:15 for some reason we tried to do an agreement, to allow

09:21:19 the administration which has been going on sometime,

09:21:21 which if that's what you want to do, fine, I have no

09:21:23 problem with that.

09:21:24 I am not here to advocate change for that.

09:21:26 But what I am concerned about is, and Mr. Huey

09:21:29 mentioned it, it took three times, and they still

09:21:32 didn't get in the agenda book.

09:21:35 I have said each time -- this is the third time -- I

09:21:38 wanted a letter from the chairman.

09:21:39 When I was chairman I never raised the issue because I

09:21:41 didn't want anybody to think it was self-serving but

09:21:45 since Mrs. Miller is chairman I think it's good to have

09:21:48 the chair have a statement or something because behind

09:21:51 the mayor's statement there's a blank page.

09:21:54 And so it wouldn't have taken much to add that there to

09:21:57 get it done.

09:21:59 If we vote on this today -- and this is a legal

09:22:02 question -- does this become your official record?

09:22:10 >>SAL TERRITO: The amendment that Mr. Huey made that he

09:22:12 will be putting a letter in there from the chair, that

09:22:15 will be the official record.

09:22:19 So you approve it as amended with that insertion.

09:22:21 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So it will go in there and it will

09:22:23 become the official document for the clerk.

09:22:25 >>SAL TERRITO: That's correct.

09:22:27 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I wanted to make sure.

09:22:28 Mr. Huey, I wanted to make sure that that happens.

09:22:33 I am going to move the motion predicated upon that

09:22:36 being in there, because if it doesn't get in here, then

09:22:39 what happens?

09:22:40 >>SAL TERRITO: Then you can bring it back at some

09:22:41 point, and either to be amended or you can make changes

09:22:45 be if you prefer.

09:22:45 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Is there a second on that motion?

09:22:49 Okay, Mr. Miranda.

09:22:50 We have a motion made by Mr. Scott.

09:22:54 Excuse me.

09:22:54 >>MARY MULHERN: If I could.

09:22:59 I don't know if this board feels it's appropriate.

09:23:01 But we are also the board.

09:23:05 And perhaps the Board of Directors of the CRA should be

09:23:09 part of that, at least listed.

09:23:13 >>> They are, they are.

09:23:16 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

09:23:17 Just no letter.

09:23:18 Okay.

09:23:18 >>MARK HUEY: There's your photographs.

09:23:23 It's actually the first page after the title page is

09:23:26 the Board of Directors.

09:23:26 >> Here, Mary.

09:23:30 >>MARY MULHERN: Right.

09:23:33 Right.

09:23:33 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Mr. Huey, anything else, sir?

09:23:40 >>> No.

09:23:41 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Are we going to move items 1

09:23:43 through 10?

09:23:44 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's the motion.

09:23:45 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: I'm sorry, Mr. Scott's motion to

09:23:49 include this in the amendment when this book comes out

09:23:53 again, that we will have a statement from the CRA

09:23:57 chairman.

09:23:58 Okay.

09:23:59 Thank you.

09:24:00 All those in favor indicate by saying Aye.

09:24:03 Any opposed?

09:24:05 No opposed.

09:24:06 Motion carries.

09:24:06 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I would like to move item 11.

09:24:10 That's the resolution.

09:24:10 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Okay.

09:24:13 All in favor of the resolution item number 11 indicate

09:24:15 by saying Aye.

09:24:18 Anybody opposed?

09:24:18 Motion carries.

09:24:25 We didn't take a vote on 1 to 10.

09:24:28 Did we?

09:24:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Yes, we just did that.

09:24:30 >> Twice.

09:24:32 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: You said item 11.

09:24:35 So I'm correct?

09:24:37 >>THOMAS SCOTT: We did 1 through 10.

09:24:39 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: No other business, Mr. Huey?

09:24:46 Okay.

09:24:46 Do we have a motion to adjourn?

09:24:49 >> So moved.

09:24:50 >> Second.

09:24:50 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: All in favor?

09:24:54 >> Receive and file.

09:24:55 >> A motion to receive and file all document.

09:24:57 All those in favor indicate by saying Aye.

09:25:00 All opposed?

09:25:01 Motion carries.

09:25:02 We are adjourned.

09:25:03 Thank you.


(The CRA meeting adjourned)