Tax Watch to take another look at court funding November 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Tax Watch to take another look at court funding Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Acting at the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Bar Board of Governors has approved commissioning another study from TaxWatch on state funding of the trial court system.The board approved the study at its October 15 meeting, and also approved having Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson join the board of TaxWatch.The new study is expected to cost around $100,000, as did one conducted last year. Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer said that committee is looking at the Bar coming up with $50,000 and raising the rest from other interested parties, such as The Florida Bar Foundation.Last year’s study was credited with helping get legislative funding for trial courts as legislators struggled to balance a tight budget and carry out the mandates of Revision 7. That 1998 constitutional amendment required the state to pick up a larger share of trial court funding from counties by July 1, 2004.The final budget approved by the legislature was very close to the amount recommended by TaxWatch in its report and left court officials largely satisfied with their finances for the coming year.“The court has asked us to fund a second study; this would be part two of the study from last year, and also TaxWatch has asked us to take a seat on their board,” Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer told the governors. “We come with a positive recommendation that The Florida Bar fund a second study with TaxWatch, subject to budget approval.”The second study will look at how the Revision 7 changes have been carried out, along with any shortfalls, problems, and unexpected difficulties. Lawmakers, court officials, and others involved in the Revision 7 process have said they expect numerous refinements will be needed because of the complexities of the funding shift.The committee also recommended that Johnson and subsequent presidents take a seat on the TaxWatch board, with the understanding the payment for the study would include this year’s $20,000 dues for board membership.The board approved the study, but some members raised questions about the Bar having a seat on the approximately 95-member TaxWatch board.Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., noted that membership would automatically be reviewed every year because the $20,000 dues would be reviewed by the Budget Committee and the Board of Governors.“I am concerned about the Bar being on the TaxWatch board because they take a lot of positions on a lot of issues,” said board member Ross Goodman, adding there is a potential for a conflict with Bar activities. “I’m not satisfied that TaxWatch is something the general membership of the Bar would fully support.”Board member Ervin Gonzalez, though, said that issue was considered in the Legislation Committee. He said TaxWatch is more like a think tank and approaches issues neutrally, and the Bar president could resign from that board if a conflict did arise.In addition, Gonzalez said the TaxWatch service would provide the president with the opportunity to meet and network with other groups represented on the that body, which in turn could help the Bar on its issues.The board authorized the president to join the TaxWatch board.
The home had not undergone a major renovation in a long time.Agent Tom Uhlich from Place – Bulimba said Tarragindi might not be as well knows as its neighbouring suburbs like Stones Corner, but there was a lot of interest when things do go on the market. “I’ve lived there for 15 years and when I mentioned it a lot of people did not even know where it was,” Mr Uhlich said. “I think it is getting a lot more recognition.”He pointed to a recently renovated five-bedroom home just two streets over at 20 Landor St that went for $1.63 million in January as an example of the surging interest in the area. Two bidders put their money on the line when it came time to bid. LUCKY NUMBERS: Glen Hazlett and Amanda Hanaghan turned to numerology to help sell this home. Pic Mark Cranitch.GETTING the bidding underway at exactly 11.14am might seem unconventional, but for the owner of a rundown property at Tarragindi there was a method behind this.A follower of numerology, Glen Hazlett picked the precise time as the numbers 1, 1, 1 and 4 added up to 7, which was a lucky number for himself and his partner.He hoped the precise timing might give a numerological boost to the auction proceedings for his home at 10 Weal Avenue.But he was unlucky with the home passing in after bidding stalled at $725,000.The three-bedroom weatherboard house was far from the most attractive home in the street, and had not been significantly renovated since it was built in the 1970s.Mr Hazlett picked up the home just before his 21st birthday in 1990 for just $103,000, and planned to sell it to raise funds to help children with ADHD and other learning difficulties. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“It would make a massive difference,” Mr Hazlett said. For the bidders and the crowd watching the auction, the state of disrepair of the home was not important – it was all about location.