Important Upcoming Meeting – November 7

Do you have concerns about how the traffic on Van Dyke is contributing to your ability to enter and exit our neighborhood safely?

If so, it is important that you join us on November 7th at 6:30pm at the Bethany Center.  There will be two representatives from Hillsborough County attending to address questions and concerns we have as a community about the Van Dyke traffic issues.

It is very important that we have as many residents in attendance as possible to show how important this issue is to us, and to have our concerns be recognized.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Board of Directors Meeting – Thursday, September 20

We hope to see everyone at our Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Bethany Center, located off Pheasant Woods Drive in our community.
Agenda  items include :
Update on Van Dyke Road Project
Budgeting
2019 Community Improvements

Community Sidewalks

As we are guessing most of you are aware, Hillsborough County recently completed a community wide project improving the sidewalks throughout Reflections. We wanted to make sure we passed along the project managers information in case any of you still have concerns about the work they provided.

Specifically, we recommend that anyone who had sidewalks replaced should test the irrigation around the new sidewalks. It is not uncommon for irrigation lines or heads to be damaged during their repairs. Additionally, if you feel your lawn was damaged as a result of the work the county will provide new sod to the affected area.

Should you find such damage it is very important that you report it as soon as possible as the county will be coming back out to complete a final inspection, and address reported issues. Please use the information below to report any issues you feel need to be addressed:

Pierre M. Valles, P.E.

Professional Engineer II
Public Works

P: (813) 307-1852
C: (813) 459-0373
E: VallesP@hillsboroughcounty.org
W: HillsboroughCounty.org

Important Notice – Proxy Mailing

Please be aware that over the next couple of days all Reflections homeowners will be receiving proxies pertaining to how are reserves are managed. We as a community are now allowed to “pool” reserves which provides a great opportunity for us to use excess funds as they are needed, instead of by line item.

It is important that all those receiving proxies take the time to return them via mail or return them in person at the upcoming meeting. 

There has been a special Board Meeting arranged to allow for this amendment to our documents. This Board Meeting will take place May 23 at 6:30 pm at the Greenacre Properties office. The address is 4131 Gunn Highway. There will also be a standard Board of Directors meeting immediately following the Amendment Meeting.

Please help us to amend the documents by returning your proxy, and by ensuring your neighbors do as well.

Amendment Meeting – May 23 at 6:30 pm
Board of Directors Meeting – Following the Amendment Meeting
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Greenacre Properties
4131 Gunn Highway, Tampa

 

Board of Directors Meeting – Thursday, March 15

We hope to see everyone at our Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Bethany Center, located off Pheasant Woods Drive in our community.

Also planning to be in attendance is our Community Resource officer. They will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our community.

Deputy Resource Officer

Please be advised we have been assigned a new Deputy Resource Officer for our community. Her name is Ashley Alvarez and she can be reached at 813.242.5558. Should you have any non-emergency concerns about our community that you would like to report to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office we encourage you to call her.

Deputy Ashley Alvarez
813.242.5558

 

 

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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts U.S. Tax Returns

Virtually all taxpayers will be impacted by the tax reform. Many of the changes will not affect individual taxpayers’ tax liability until they file their 2018 tax return in 2019.

New tax brackets, rates and loss of exemptions impact most taxpayers

The elimination of a more than $4,000 benefit in 2018 for each taxpayer, spouse and qualifying child or relative will affect most taxpayers. This benefit, the personal and dependent exemptions, reduces income. Without it, more of a taxpayer’s income is subject to taxation.

For example, in 2017 a married couple with 2 children has $12,700 standard deduction plus personal exemption (per person $4,000) = $16,000 meaning the first $28,700 income is not taxed

Same couple in 2018 will get a standard deduction of $24,000, the personal exemption is no longer available, and they will have to pay taxes on more than $4,900 of their income they previously wouldn’t have. If they have a tax rate of 15 percent, they will pay almost $735 in additional taxes.

Those who usually itemize deductions, including mortgage interest, real estate taxed paid, charitable contributions, might no longer find it beneficial if the standard deduction is now larger than the expenses they can itemize.

Changes to child-related tax benefits impact families

Also, families will be affected by the loss of the personal exemption of more than $4,000 per person. However, taxpayers whose income falls under $400,000 if married filing a joint return and $200,000 otherwise, will receive an increased child tax credit of up to $2,000 for every qualifying child. Families with dependents over the age of 17 may also qualify for a new family tax credit of $500 per dependent that does not qualify for the child tax credit. The increased child tax credit, new family tax credit, along with the larger standard deduction, may or may not make up for the loss of the personal and dependent exemptions. For larger families and families that previously itemized, the impact of the elimination of the personal exemption will be magnified.

Corporate tax

The Corporate tax rate will fall from 35% to 21%, while some related business deductions and credit would either be reduced or eliminated

This information was provided by:
Monika Patel,
Master Tax Advisor, EA
H&R Block
Van Dyke Commons
Tel: 813 264 9416

Another Banner Year for Reflections Homeowners

Greetings from one of your newest neighbors on Torrey Hills Lane!  My three boys and I moved into this community in February of 2017 and we are so happy here!  As a resident of Lutz for the majority of my life, I had the privilege of watching this beautiful neighborhood come out of the ground from the raw land it once was.  Since the beginning, I’ve felt this neighborhood has something special with its front porch architecture and small town feel.  Now as a homeowner, I get to experience the warmth and caring nature of the residents here – it’s unlike any neighborhood I’ve ever lived in!

Market strength both in our neighborhood, our area and nation remains strong!  Nationally, Florida ranks among top states for continued growth and a recent news article predicted that Orlando and Tampa will have “little to no chance of falling prices in 2018”.  This good news is attributed in part to large businesses opening, expanding and relocating here, along with household incomes that continue to rise.   Compared to other metro areas such as San Francisco with a median sold price of $900,000 or San Diego with a median sold price of $607,000, it’s easy to see incredible value and affordability in the median sold price of the Tampa Bay area at $255,685.

In our local Tampa Bay market consisting of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties tracked by GTAR (Greater Tampa Realtors), prices continue to rise – most recently at an 8.6% increase over a 4 year spread.   With our area approximately 73 months into the recovery, we continue on the upward part of the expansion side of the market cycle.    Reflections had another banner year in real estate with 12 homes selling in 2017, a decrease from 13 sales the year before, accurately reflecting the lack of homes available for sale in the marketplace.  Reflections median sold price in 2017 was $292,000, up from 2016 median sold at $280,000.  The price band niche of our neighborhood strongly favors sellers due to the rapid pace of time on the market before obtaining a contract, combined a with relatively low number of homes for sale, causing market price indicators to trend upwards.  The current median price per square foot is $144, up from last year at $135/sf.

Thank you,

Angela THOMAS

Florida Executive Realty

direct 813.468.3724

office 813.972.3430