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2011-068-1461 - Amending revenue to establish an annual fee for the registration of abandoned properties City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: April 27, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: N/A X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Manager Department: Building and Code Compliance Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY’S REVENUE MANUAL TO ESTABLISH AN ANNUAL FEE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF VACANT, ABANDONED AND FORECLOSED PROPERTIES IN THE THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: Due to the rise in residential and commercial properties in foreclosure, the City faces a steady incline in the number of vacant and foreclosed properties that are in violation of the Code. The Department of Building and Code Compliance utilizes limited resources to mitigate the deterioration caused by these abandoned and neglected properties, which has placed an immense strain on the City’s budget. As a result, the City Council adopted legislation requiring owners to register their properties with the City to ensure there is 24‐hour access to a property manager who is held responsible for the upkeep and security of these properties until they are sold. ITEM K-4) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Annual fee for the registration of vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 There are costs associated with implementing and administering this provision. City staff recommends the adoption of an annual fee of $150.00 to cover the costs associated with implementing this program. See Attachment “A”. It is equally important to mention that the City will enter into a revenue‐sharing arrangement with Federal Property Registration Corporation (FPRC) whereby the company will retain 50% of the revenuesto automate and collect the annual registration fee. This arrangement will enable to the City to; (1) achieve savings in staff time to administer the program, (2) generate continuous revenue through a third‐party vendor, (3) decrease crime and blight through an automated registration process, and (4) implement the registry program with no upfront costs to the City. This partnership will create efficiencies for the City, generate for revenue the general fund, and safeguard the community. Staff recommends establishing a $150.00 annual fee, per property, to relieve the City from the costs associated with administering this registration provision. Proposed Action: It is recommended that Council adopt the resolution to establish an annual registration fee of $150.00 per property for the registration of vacant properties and properties in the process of foreclosure. Attachment: Attachment A: VACANT PROPERTY REGISTRY CHART OF FEES 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 ATTACHMENT “A” VACANT PROPERTY REGISTRY CHART OF FEES Municipality Registration Fee Est. Vacant Properties in Miami Gardens Est. Fees Collected Est. Amount Retained by Miami Gardens Cutler Bay $150.00 2,400 $360,000.00 $180,000.00 Jacksonville $150.00 2,400 $360,000.00 $180,000.00 Boynton Beach $150.00/annually 2,400 $360,000.00/annually $180,000.00/annually Sunny Isles Beach $100.00 $500.00/annually (SF), plus registration fee $5,000.00/annually (MF), plus registration fee 2,400 2,300 100 $240,000.00 $1,150,000.00 + $230,000.00 $500,000.00 + $10,000.00 $120,000.00 $690,000.00/annually $225,000.00/annually Palm Bay $100.00 2,400 $240,000.00 $120,000.00 Coconut Creek $150.00/annually 2,400 $360,000.00 $180,000.00/annually North Lauderdale $50.00/annually 2,400 $120,000.00 $60,000.00/annually Margate $50.00/annually 2,400 $120,000.00 60,000.00/annually Miami $0.00 $250.00 (first year, blighted/unsecured) $375.00 (second year, blighted/unsecured) $500.00 (third year & up, blighted/unsecured 1,000 1,000 200 200 $0.00 $250,000.00 $75,000.00 $100,000.00 $0.00 $125,000.00 $37,500.00 $50,000.00 Deerfield Beach $150.00/annually 2,400 $360,000.00 $180,000.00