Boynton Beach CRA
Under Florida law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate selected portions of a City as Community Redevelopment Areas where slum and blight exist. Examples of conditions that can support the creation of a Community Redevelopment Area include, but are not limited to: the presence of substandard or inadequate structures, a shortage of affordable housing and inadequate infrastructure. The CRA improves deteriorated areas through revitalization efforts which improves the property values within the designated CRA area and increases property tax revenues.
The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is governed by the CRA “Board” consisting of five elected officials. The Community Redevelopment Agency is responsible for developing and implementing the Community Redevelopment Plans that addresses the unique needs of the targeted area. The plan includes the overall goals for redevelopment in the area, as well as identifying the types of projects planned for the area. Examples of projects include: streetscapes; redevelopment incentives for such things as façade improvements and structural improvements; infill housing; downtown and waterfront revitalization. The redevelopment plan is a living document that can be updated to meet the changing needs within the Community Redevelopment Area.
The funding source for CRA redevelopment initiatives is tax increment financing (TIF), a unique tool available to cities and counties for redevelopment activities. It is used to leverage public funds to stimulate redevelopment activity in the targeted area without raising taxes. The dollar value of all real property in the Community Redevelopment Area is determined as of the base year, the year the CRA is established. Taxing authorities, which contribute to the tax increment, continue to receive property tax revenues based on the base year values. Any tax revenues from increases in real property value, referred to as “increment,” are deposited into the Community Redevelopment Agency Trust Fund and dedicated to the redevelopment area. Any funds received from a tax increment financing area must be used for specific redevelopment purposes within the targeted area, according to Florida Statutes. The CRA lifespan is limited according to Florida Statute and after the expiration of the CRA; all revenues (presumably much increased from the start of the CRA) are retained by each taxing entity that contributed to the CRA trust fund.
28 April 2017 -
Assistant Director Position Opening
Position: Assistant DirectorEmployer: Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency710 N. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach, FL 33435Closing Date: June 2, 2017Classification: Full Time, ExemptSalary: $95,000 DOQThis is a full time, exempt position. The incumbent is responsible for the management and supervision of activities, operations, projects, and general operations of the CRA and…READ MORE •
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01 May 2017 -
Dutch Baker in Boynton Beach
In 2013, the Netherlands was rated by the U.N. as the fourth happiest country in the world. Could it possibly be something in the bread? According to Bond and Smolders owner Patty Smolders, “The bread is nothing like American bread. Instead, it’s soft and sweet.” Patty Smolders and her husband,…READ MORE •