published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
AP Housing Authority makes payment to city
By BARRY FOSTER
AVON PARK -- The city coffers grew by $12,815 thanks to a payment in lieu of taxes -- or PILOT -- presented by the Avon Park Housing Authority at Thursday night's special city council meeting.
Because a previous city council had forgiven the PILOT program for the city's housing authority, Avon Park Housing Authority Executive Director Larry Shoeman pointed out that these PILOT payments now are voluntary.
"We're in much better shape now," he said.
"The situation has turned around since then."
The payment represents a total of money collected at some of the 237 units that the authority oversees in Delaney Heights, Lakeside Park the Ridgedale Apartments and at North Central Heights.
Shoeman told council members that 104 new families had gone into assisted housing throughout the three operations over the course of the past year, although more than 300 families had applied for residency.
"The more than 100 people who moved in also represents a like number of families that moved out of public housing," he said.
Shoeman said about a quarter of the families that had moved out had been part of a new homeless program operated by the housing authority.
The 16 units are designed to be short-term housing of no more than 12 months.
"We get them a number of resources and get them back on their feet," he said. "It is what public housing originally designed to be."
Shoeman said that the voluntary PILOT traditionally represents 25-30 percent of what would be a normal ad valorem tax payment.
Really? (by: Mark S - 7/19/2013)
Someone needs to look into how this organization operates. North Central Heights is workforce housing, not low income. And yet, they don't pay their full amount in taxes? Give me a break.
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