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Impasse Update Mayor’s Resolution Package

To HFD Family:
(Please see attached PDF)
The Mayor of Hialeah has issued his recommendations (orders) to  the city council that will eventually resolve our impasse.
As you will see by reading the first three pages the mayor disregards any recommendations by the special master and wishes to simply
“Impose his will”.
As the City Council  has the legal right to impose on the articles listed before them, it will likely show disdain, disregard and disrespect for the same people they could call to save their own lives.
For the same individuals they love to take pictures with.
For the same individuals they “use” for their own projects and events.
No date has been set as of yet but I will immediately relay it to the body when it is.
Again to reiterate the process:
From here we must set a date for the public hearing.
That means when we, the city attorneys, and our legal council are all available we will meet.
1 hour presentation for the city
1 hour presentation for the union.
The council will then discuss the issues and can make a motion to change the conditions of what the mayor recommended. (Ordered)
We will leave that night knowing what will be imposed on us if we don’t ratify it. (Vote in favor or against  a 21 day process)
If we accept  it we obviously have a contract, if not, when we report the vote has failed it’s automatically imposed. The council schedules a first reading and then a second reading to legally change the retirement ordinance and only then will the retirement changes take effect.

November 9, 2017

Upcoming benevolent events

Please join us in giving back to our community.

Friday November 3
4:30pm to 10pm
Tobacco prevention summit
Jr fire academy
Goodlet Park
4200 west 8th ave Hialeah

Saturday November 4
7AM to Noon
Walk for Alzheimer’s
Jr Fire Academy
Museum Park
1075 Biscayne Blvd,Miami

Sunday November 12
11am thru 5pm
Jr fire academy
Hialeah Park
2200 east 4 Ave, Hialeah

Please RSVP if you can join us.
Thank you,
Bobby Williams
305-302-0382

Attention: all retirees who are permanently and totally disabled

 
Attention: all retirees who are permanently and totally disabled
(PTD) contact your County Property Appraisers Office in order to pick up an application for Homestead Exemption for the full amount of your property tax.  Bring the blank application to The City of Hialeah Human Resources Office (501 Palm Avenue, third floor)  and see Frank.  He can assist with filling out the form. 

 
*NOTE:   H.R. NEEDS A FEW DAYS TO COMPLETE THE FORMS.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION IS AUGUST 1st, 2017.  
 
Full Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders: Any homesteaded property owner who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty while serving as a first responder with a Florida agency, or their un-remarried surviving spouse, is eligible for a full exemption on the ad valorem portion of their property taxes. A First Responder will need to submit the following documentation in order to qualify. Letter from Social Administration stating the applicant is totally and permanently disabled; and one physician certification attesting to the applicant’s total and permanent disability which renders the applicant unable to engage in any substantial gainful occupation which will continue for life. If an applicant is not eligible for such Social Security Administration status, the applicant may provide a letter stating they are ineligible for such status; and two physician certifications, from unrelated physicians, attesting to the applicant’s total and permanent disability which renders the applicant unable to engage in any substantial gainful occupation which will continue for life. A certificate from the organization that employed the first responder at the time the injury or injuries occurred. The employer certificate shall be supplemented with documentation of the incident or event which caused the injury, such as an accident or incident report.
First Responder Employer Certificate Broward

First Responder Physician Certificate

Homestead Tax Exemptions

Miami Dade Applicants urged to File for new disabled first responder exemption
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Michael Cofresi
President, Local 1102
752 E. 1st. Street
Hialeah, Fl. 33010

Permanent and Total Disability Homestead Tax Exemption Status

Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 196
EXEMPTION
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196.081 Exemption for certain permanently and totally disabled veterans and for surviving spouses of veterans; exemption for surviving spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty.

(1) Any real estate that is owned and used as a homestead by a veteran who was honorably discharged with a service-connected total and permanent disability and for whom a letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor has been issued certifying that the veteran is totally and permanently disabled is exempt from taxation, if the veteran is a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the tax year for which exemption is being claimed or was a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year the veteran died.
(2) The production by a veteran or the spouse or surviving spouse of a letter of total and permanent disability from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor before the property appraiser of the county in which property of the veteran lies is prima facie evidence of the fact that the veteran or the surviving spouse is entitled to the exemption.
(3) If the totally and permanently disabled veteran predeceases his or her spouse and if, upon the death of the veteran, the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead and permanently resides thereon as specified in s. 196.031, the exemption from taxation carries over to the benefit of the veteran’s spouse until such time as he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. If the spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted from the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to his or her new residence, as long as it is used as his or her primary residence and he or she does not remarry.
(4) Any real estate that is owned and used as a homestead by the surviving spouse of a veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces and for whom a letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor has been issued certifying that the veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty is exempt from taxation if the veteran was a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year in which the veteran died.

(a) The production of the letter by the surviving spouse which attests to the veteran’s death while on active duty is prima facie evidence that the surviving spouse is entitled to the exemption.
(b) The tax exemption carries over to the benefit of the veteran’s surviving spouse as long as the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead, permanently resides thereon as specified in s. 196.031, and does not remarry. If the surviving spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted under the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to his or her new residence as long as it is used as his or her primary residence and he or she does not remarry.
(5) An applicant for the exemption under this section may apply for the exemption before receiving the necessary documentation from the United States Government or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor. Upon receipt of the documentation, the exemption shall be granted as of the date of the original application, and the excess taxes paid shall be refunded. Any refund of excess taxes paid shall be limited to those paid during the 4-year period of limitation set forth in s. 197.182(1)(e).
(6) Any real estate that is owned and used as a homestead by the surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty while employed by the state or any political subdivision of the state, including authorities and special districts, and for whom a letter from the state or appropriate political subdivision of the state, or other authority or special district, has been issued which legally recognizes and certifies that the first responder died in the line of duty while employed as a first responder is exempt from taxation if the first responder and his or her surviving spouse were permanent residents of this state on January 1 of the year in which the first responder died.

(a) The production of the letter by the surviving spouse which attests to the first responder’s death in the line of duty is prima facie evidence that the surviving spouse is entitled to the exemption.
(b) The tax exemption applies as long as the surviving spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead, permanently resides thereon as specified in s. 196.031, and does not remarry. If the surviving spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted under the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to his or her new residence if it is used as his or her primary residence and he or she does not remarry.
(c) As used in this subsection only, and not applicable to the payment of benefits under s.112.19 or s. 112.191, the term:

1. “First responder” means a law enforcement officer or correctional officer as defined in s.943.10, a firefighter as defined in s. 633.102, or an emergency medical technician or paramedic as defined in s. 401.23 who is a full-time paid employee, part-time paid employee, or unpaid volunteer.
2. “In the line of duty” means:

a. While engaging in law enforcement;
b. While performing an activity relating to fire suppression and prevention;
c. While responding to a hazardous material emergency;
d. While performing rescue activity;
e. While providing emergency medical services;
f. While performing disaster relief activity;
g. While otherwise engaging in emergency response activity; or
h. While engaging in a training exercise related to any of the events or activities enumerated in this subparagraph if the training has been authorized by the employing entity.

A heart attack or stroke that causes death or causes an injury resulting in death must occur within 24 hours after an event or activity enumerated in this subparagraph and must be directly and proximately caused by the event or activity in order to be considered as having occurred in the line of duty.

Attention Hialeah Retirees,

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Attention Hialeah Retirees,
If you have ANY documented injury (no matter how long ago) during your career or have been disabled please read the following:
 

We have discovered that the City of Hialeah has mishandled MOST of these cases by:

– Providing improper Impairment ratings
– Assigning no impairment rating

 
– Making employees buy time when disabled, etc.
– As well as other things

If you have had a medical issue stemming from your work related injury/illness or your injury/illness has progressed, you may be entitled to a new impairment rating. This means that The City owes you money! Some retirees are owed over $100,000 and the City HAS TO PAY! This is non-negotiable and penalties and interest are also applied to untimely payment.Contact Mike Cofresi at Mikeco@bellsouth.net if you would like him to look into your personal case.  There is no obligation for you to act or direct cost to you for this service. Again this is completely free, if you have any doubts or questions, contact Cofresi and ask.

Thank you for your time,

 
Mike Cofresi

INJURED ON THE JOB?

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INJURED INJURED ON THE JOB: Please contact me Michael Cofresi your Benefits Officer @ 305-469-2299. Let me make sure you know all your rights, and your treated correctly by workerman compensation . I can help with delays and denied coverage ect. please feel free to call me 305-469-2299 cel or email me @ mikeco@bellsouth.net. Don‘t wait till its to late call me. No question is to small to ask . Better safe then sorry so call me so you understand your rights. Thank you Mike Cofresi

Sylvester Cancer Survey

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Friends, please help me spread the word about this matter and share on your timeline. Thank you!

Dear firefighters, we all know that there are great benefits and perks to being a firefighter. Unfortunately though, you also have the best access to CANCER as a result of your daily job duties. Be proactive and help the fight against CANCER! Help the University of Miami continue their research study and help put an end to this awful life threatening enemy! All you need to do is complete a short survey. I encourage you to please contact the U of M at 305 243 7191 for more information but in the meantime, you can complete the initial survey.  In order to receive the link to the survey I NEED YOU to text @UMSTU to 81010. You will then receive the link. Due to the fact that we need to track all inquiries, I cannot post the link directly on here. Please know that you will only receive the link and nothing else. The survey is not lengthy but it is of great value to us all!. Once again, please take 5 minutes to take the survey and help this cause. Feel free to message or comment with any questions or concerns. Make sure to include the @ sign before UMSTU. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DOWNLOAD THE APP after you send the text.

Kari Bacallao-Valle