St. Lucie taxable property values increase 6.5 percent
Taxable property values in St. Lucie County increased 6.5 percent to an estimated $23.4 billion, according to Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin’s estimated taxable property values submitted to taxing authorities.
The values are required to be submitted by June 1 annually under Florida law.
The City of Port Saint Lucie will see an increase in its overall taxable value to an estimated $11.7 billion, an increase of 9.5 percent.
The City of Fort Pierce will also see an increase in its overall taxable value to an estimated $2.6 billion, an increase of 5 percent.
The Town of Saint Lucie Village will see an overall taxable value increase of 4.25 percent to an estimated $70.6 million.
“During this unprecedented time, I wanted to recognize that the 2020 estimated taxable values reflect the value of property with an assessment date of January 1, 2020,’’ said Franklin. “What is currently occurring in the real estate market will not be reflected in the 2020 estimated taxable values since it occurred after January 1 of this year.’’
For more information call 772.462.1000 or visit paslc.org.
IRSC offering special online courses in COVID-19 era
As a result of the economic conditions caused by COVID-19, Indian River State College is offering a variety of six-week certificate programs in key workforce disciplines. Classes begin online during the week of June 24.
IRSC welcomes new and returning students who are evaluating their current skill sets and looking to engage in online courses to develop new ones. Certification will be offered in areas such as bookkeeping, computer science, office specialist, effective management, human resources, business and marketing.
Registration is now open, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Courses for these six-week certificate programs are credit-bearing, meaning they may apply toward corresponding Associate in Science Degree programs. A GED or high school diploma is required. See courses at https://www.irsc.edu/marketing/upskill-at-irsc.html
Indian River State College is also interested in hearing from businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are in need of employees, student interns or customized training for incumbent workers. Contact the IRSC Information Call Center at 772-462-4772 or [email protected].
Vets homeless shelter gets $15,000 donation from hospice provider
VITAS Healthcare, a Treasure Coast hospice provider since July 2019, is marking Memorial Day by supporting services to veterans in Fort Pierce with a $15,000 donation to Adam’s Place, a 24-bed homeless shelter for area veterans.
Operated by the Salvation Army, Adam’s Place provides housing, counseling, and case management services to homeless men and veterans, in cooperation with the Fort Pierce Housing Authority, US Department of Veterans Affairs and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department.
Susan Acocella, general manager for VITAS in the Treasure Coast, presented the check May 21 at a ceremony attended by Adam’s Place Program Manager Grady Sams, staff members from The Salvation Army, and the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department. VITAS of the Treasure Coast services patients with advanced illness throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
Adam’s Place began accepting veterans in January 2019 at its shelter at 609 N. 7th Street in Fort Pierce. Through interagency cooperation, it helps homeless men and veterans with job training, employment, transportation, and long-term housing. It also serves as a jail diversion program for veterans.
Founded in Miami in 1978, VITAS and its 6,700 Florida employees care for hospice patients and their families throughout 46 Florida counties. In 2019, its Florida programs provided more than $12 million in charity care.
More Guardian ad Litem volunteers needed
The 19th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, which serves Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee Counties, is seeking caring adult volunteers to help guide children through difficult times.
Since March 13, Guardian ad Litem volunteers have carried out their monthly visits with children via phone calls and video conferencing software. Even court appearances, which happen regularly to help the children find safe, loving, permanent homes, has been carried out entirely on Zoom.
Yet more volunteers are needed. In Indian River County alone there are more than 200 children in the child welfare system and each of these children need a Guardian ad Litem volunteer volunteer. These numbers are expected to increase as stay at home orders expire and children and families interact more with the public. The Guardian ad Litem Program is currently performing virtual interviews for new potential volunteers and 21 hours of pre-service training are available on its online academy.
The summer issue of Indian River Magazine, compiled during the coronavirus pandemic, has arrived at homes and businesses throughout the Treasure Coast. If you would like to subscribe starting with the new issue visit https://indianriverstore.com
Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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