April 2022, Vol. 16, Issue 4
April brings the close of the property tax season for our office, but the work continues. Now we must manage the work associated with the delinquent property tax payments. Of course, vehicle registrations, driver license, title transfers and all our other services continue in earnest. On top of that, April 30 is the deadline to sign up for our convenient Installment Payment Plan (IPP) where you can have your property tax or tangible personal property tax divided up into four payments during the year. So, if your taxes are not escrowed by your lender and you want to avoid having to pay your taxes in one lump sum, I encourage you to visit www.pbctax.com/ipp for additional information and to sign up. But hurry, the deadline is April 30!
Anne M. Gannon
Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County
SEAN KENNEY’S NATURE POP! AT MOUNTS BOTANICAL GARDEN
Reconnect with your Inner Child. This new exhibition from acclaimed artist Sean Kenney features over 40 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® pieces and explores the beauty of nature through highly stylized, colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings. Produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Nature POP! blends art, science, and innovation in the display of these sculptures. Known for his ability to make striking works of art using simple LEGO® toys, Kenney pushes the boundaries of the medium in this new exhibition through his use of vibrant colors and a bold, graphical style. Inspired by the Pop art movement, Kenney’s work on Nature POP! plays on that movement’s principles by blurring the boundaries between austere and the everyday and draws from a belief that everything is interconnected.
Event dates are January 8-May 1, 2022: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm (last entry at 3 p.m.) Visit Mounts Botanical Garden website to purchase tickets: $15 adults; $12 seniors 65+, college students and military with ID; $7 ages 6-17; FREE for MBG members, RAP members (American Horticultural Society reciprocal admissions program), and children under 6.
FIREFIGHTER FOR A DAY
I was recently honored to gear up as a firefighter for the day to take part in the Delray Beach Fire Rescue and IAFF Local 1842 Fire Ops 101. The program provides a hands-on day of learning about the fire service and experience firsthand the environment in which firefighters work. Spending a day in their “boots” and heavy gear, you understand more the risks they face every day while on the job, risking their lives to save others.
As a member of the Maroon Team under the leadership of Division Chief Sean Gibson, I was equipped with full protective equipment, and went through a variety of real-life scenarios at the Palm Beach State College Fire Academy Complex in Lake Worth. The scenarios included a search and rescue, extrication of car accident passenger, exposure to the heat conditions of a live fire and operating a fire hose.
It was an extremely rewarding day, and I would like to thank the Delray Beach Fire Rescue and IAFF Local 1842 for this amazing opportunity to experience the challenges firefighters face in order to protect us. I was overwhelmed by their commitment and bravery, and I have a tremendous respect for these impressive individuals and the work they do.
BUDGET FRIENDLY TAX PAYMENT PLAN
For those whose property taxes aren’t escrowed, we offer a budget friendly Installment Payment Plan (IPP) for real estate property tax and tangible personal property tax. The IPP divides your taxes into four installments due in June/July, September, December, and March, and includes a discount of just under 4%.
First Time Applicants: The deadline to sign up for 2022 is April 30. You are officially enrolled in the plan when the first payment is made in June 2022 (discount applied) or by July 31 (no discount). Failure to pay the first installment by July 31 will result in being removed from the IPP and the full tax bill will be due in one lump sum, to be payable during the November 1- March 31 tax cycle.
Current Plan Participants: Once signed up you do not need to reapply. Plan participation is automatically renewed by making the June payment. For more information visit: www.pbctax.com/ipp.