Support the Baymeadows Community Improvement District (BCID)

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Baymeadows Golf Club was originally developed in the late 1960s as an upscale Golf Course Community like that of Deerwood. During the initial development of surrounding communities, the real estate market had crashed and the original developers went bankrupt leaving them unable to create a community development district (CDD) that would have the authority to collect funds to maintain the community's roads, lakes, and infrastructure as a whole.

The 50+ year old infrastructure of the original Baymeadows Golf Club community is now owned piecemeal by private individual homeowners associations (HOA's) throughout the community. These half-century-old infrastructure systems have reached their useful lifespan and have significantly deteriorated over the decades.

The lack of a CDD, which would have raised revenue for community-wide repairs, updating, and maintenance has left individual HOA's on the hook to maintain, repair, and upgrade lakes, roads, and infrastructure within their individual developments completely at their own expense. This fact has caused an unmanageable problem because all the roads, lakes, and infrastructures are interconnected.

When infrastructure, road, or lake problems arise in one community, the individual HOA's (many already starved for money) can't afford to pay for the badly needed repairs. This ongoing problem led to the failure of other systems throughout the community creating problems for other financially starved homeowners associations. It is a domino effect that has left our community to deteriorate over the decades.

In order to continue serving our community, these roads, lakes, and infrastructure systems must be upgraded to current standards and maintained. Unfortunately, at this time, the only way to achieve this goal is through extremely expensive special assessments placed on the residents of individual HOA's. These expenses fall directly on homeowners. Many homeowners do not have the personal funds to pay for these inevitable repairs which can result in a property lien if left unpaid. The fact is... the failure of these systems is inevitable and is happening right now. Special assessments are coming if nothing changes.

This is where the Baymeadows Community Improvement District comes in.

For a fraction of the cost of one-time special assessments to individual homeowners, the Baymeadows Community Improvement District will save the community from further deterioration by repairing, updating, and maintaining. With the funds raised through the BCID, not only will the BCID repair and maintain main roads, infrastructure systems, and lakes within the community, but it will also fund projects to drastically improve the lifestyle and safety of residents with sidewalks and lighting, park areas and the addition of lake aeration fountains. This gives residents the opportunity to actually improve their community as a whole, and not just pay a large singular special assessment for a repair when a road fails or a neighborhood is inevitably flooded because of a storm.

The BCID is going to essentially create a long-overdue Community Development District, known as a special taxing district, which will take on many of the maintenance responsibilities currently held by homeowners and business associations. Once the BCID is implemented, those responsibilities will fall on the BCID instead of individual owners associations. This alone can potentially save these Owner Associations a tremendous amount of money where the savings could then be passed along to individual homeowners and businesses.

The choice is clear: the residence of the Baymeadows community will either pay thousands in special assessments to repair roads and infrastructure items as they fail, or through a new taxing district and a few hundred dollars per year, upgrade and improve their Community with sidewalks, lighting, parks and fountains and also never have to worry about reserving for the repairs of infrastructure and Roads ever again.

We urge you to please support this measure for our community. This is the only way we bring our community up to standards and keep our community from falling further into disrepair.

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