Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Two Florida Constitutional Amendments Will Affect Property Taxes


On your November 3rd ballot, there will be two Florida Constitutional Amendments that could have an effect on your property taxes. Below is information that will help you make an informative decision.

This amendment would extend the period during which a person may transfer "Save Our Homes" benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.

What is “Save Our Homes” benefit?

The 1992 Save Our Homes Amendment to the Florida Constitution limited the annual increase to a homestead property’s assessed value to changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), not to exceed 3%, regardless of any increases to the property’s market value, also known as the just value. The assessed value of a residential property is the just value minus any limitations under the Save Our Homes amendment. Portability allows property owners to transfer all or a portion of the difference between the just value and the assessed value from a previous homesteaded property to a new homesteaded property. This reduces the assessed value of the new homestead, which in turn reduces the amount of property taxes owed by the property owner.
Currently, if a person moves to a new home, they have two years to transfer their "Save Our Homes" benefit to have the new home assessed "at less than just value." The amendment would increase that time period to three years rather than two.

Amendment 6 provides a homestead tax discount for the surviving spouses of deceased veterans who had permanent, combat-related disabilities. There are several exemptions and discounts for Florida veterans, and all of them transfer to surviving spouses upon the veteran’s death except this one exemption. Amendment 6 would allow this deceased veteran’s exemption to be transferred to the surviving spouse.

If you have questions, please feel free to email or call Lorie Ward, Glades County Property Appraiser. (863) 946-6025 Toll Free 877-445-2337 LorieWard@GladesFLPA.com

Falls Prevention Week Facebook Live Presentation September 23

Falls Prevention Awareness Week

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that is still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is committed to empowering all older adults in the seven counties it serves to age well and stay falls free. We are partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week on September 21-25, 2020.

This is a perfect opportunity for older adults and caregivers in our hometown to learn how to prevent falls and take steps to reduce their risk.

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. for a Facebook Live event to learn how you or an older relative, friend, or neighbor can stay falls free. Visit https://www.facebook.com/NCOAging/ for the LIVE event.

En espaƱol: September 24 at 6:30pm EST

Get Your Falls Free CheckUp!

The event will feature a brand-new online falls risk assessment tool available at no cost to individuals across the country. Visitors to www.ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp can complete a short, 12-question survey that screens for the most common falls risk factors.

COVID Free Testing Sites Expand In Hendry And Glades County

FREE COVID-19 Testing – For Hendry & Glades Counties

Open Testing – No Appointments Needed

Testing Adults & Children over 5 yrs (with Parent Consent)
No criteria or restrictions for testing

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1100 S. Olympia, Clewiston, FL 33440
Wednesday, September 23rd-- 8:30 a.m. to 10:30am

· Location: Glades County Health Department
1021 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven, FL 34471
Thursday, September 24th -- 9:00 a.m. to 11am

· Location: Hendry County Health Department
1140 Pratt Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935
Friday, September 25th -- 8:30 a.m. to 10:30am

· Location: West Glades School
2586 State Rd 731(Muse), LaBelle, FL 33935
Saturday, September 26th -- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

· Location: Palmdale Baptist Church
510 Seminole Avenue, Palmdale, FL 33944
Sunday, September 27th -- 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Persons tested will be given instructions on how to receive their test results.

Former Glades County Sheriff Chester Henderson Dies At 83

Chester Russell Henderson, age 83, of Moore Haven, passed away September 19, 2020 in Moore Haven. He was born Dec. 16, 1936 in Lemon Grove, FL, to the late Uel and the late Beulah (Toomer) Henderson. 

He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

Survivors include one son: Darrell (Gail) Henderson two daughters: Sherri (Ross) Fleming and Sharyn Henderson, one brother: Maurice (Betty) Henderson Grandchildren, Courtney (Eddie) Brown; Kelly (John) McLaughlin 9 Great Grandchildren Loving Companion, Anneta Kraus 

He worked as a Trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. He was the Glades County Sheriff. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Moore Haven. He was a member of the Gideons. He was a Trustee for the Glades Electric Cooperative. 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Saturday September 26, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Moore Haven. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Moore Haven, Moore Haven with Jerry Shaw officiating. 

Interment will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Southwest Florida Obituaries - Cande Martinez of Lehigh Acres, Maria Suarez of LaBelle

Cande Martinez, age 52, of Lehigh Acres, passed away September 20, 2020 in Fort Myers. He was born Oct. 25, 1967 in Clewiston, FL, to the late Candelario and Francisca (Gonzalez) Martinez. 

Survivors include his wife: Donna (Bamburg) Martinez son: Cande Martinez Jr two daughters: Olivia Martinez and Michaela Martinez, five sisters: Guadelupe Martinez, Rosemary Martinez, Dorina Gonzalez, Tammy Garcia and Laura Martinez 5 Grandchildren 

He was a Diesel Mechanic for SW Florida Water Management 

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Rev. Josh Caraway officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 3 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Maria Del Rocio Pena Suarez, age 44, of LaBelle, passed away September 18, 2020 in LaBelle. She was born Feb. 20, 1976 in Mexico, to Felix Armando Pena Lagunez and Florinda Suarez Lara 

Survivors include her husband: Abel Deleon son: Eric Pena two daughters: Abagail DeLeon Pena and Alondra DeLeon Pena parents Felix Armando Pena Lagunez and Florina Suarez Lara two sisters: Reina Pena Suarez and Cecilia Pena Suarez Grandchild, Eric Jonathan Cordoba Peralta 

A Memorial Mass is Pending Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.