Where the money will be spent!

The St Francis Property Owners (SFPO) to their credit have done a huge amount of work researching and consulting to develop a working proposal to save St Francis from the decline it is experiencing. It would appear that there are still many property owners who are unaware of what has been proposed as well as uncertainty on how money raised under the SRA will be spent. Below is a pie chart of the spend based on what the SFPO have proposed, St Francis Special Rates proposed expediture To date held six public meetings, 13 monthly newsletters have been sent to the property owners database and two websites SFPO Association and the SFPO NPC have been setup to assist in informing owners. In addition a Facebook page as well as a WhatsApp, group have been set up to encourage debate. Many one on one meetings have also been held with individuals and small groups along with replies to queries answered both telephone or by eMail.

The SFPO Association committee, the directors on the SFPO NPC and the members of our Technical committee are all volunteers, focusing on the survival and restoration of our town. As all are themselves retired, they are acutely aware of the importance of the retired community to the well-being of St Francis. There is a plan being formulated to define exemption criteria to ensure that those who cannot afford the levy will be exempted to a lesser or greater degree. Property owners are encouraged to educate themselves on what has been proposed and why the suggested SRA levy.

The SFPO obviously believe in what they have proposed and will continue in their efforts to advise and educate, not only the property owners but the local public at large, on the importance of a solution to St Francis’ present declining infrastructure.

The Municipality has very significant financial constraints, as do many other Municipalities around the country and thus the SFPO sees the proposed SRA as a way forward but at the end of the day it is the property owners themselves who will make the final decision.

To date the voting count stands as follows:

Total Votes cast to date – 820 votes

676 Yes votes (82.4%)

144 No votes (17.6%).