The Broward County Commission adopted a final budget for fiscal year 2014. Broward County is one of the largest counties in the nation and the budget is approximately $4.1 billion. The budget funds departments, programs, and services and has a direct impact on every resident of Broward County. For example, the budget funds Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, many capital projects, county parks, libraries, mass transit, health and human services, traffic control, animal control, waste water and solid waste, roads and bridges, the medical examiner’s office, all traffic control devices, the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Property Appraiser's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, and many other important governmental programs, department and functions.
New to this year’s budget is the funding of $22.5 million for Consolidated Countywide E-911 Communications and Dispatch Emergency System. This new consolidated system shifts the costs away from several cities to the county to achieve the life saving benefits of consolidation. In the past fragmented system, mobile phone 911 calls could be misdirected to the wrong dispatch center, endangering the health and safety of people needing emergency services. For example, a resident calling 911 on their cell phone in Sunrise could have that call bounced off a cellular tower and be misdirected to Pembroke Pines. In that scenario, the Pembroke Pines dispatch center would then have to transfer the call back to Sunrise, leading to confusion and making it longer for first responders to arrive. Now, with a consolidated dispatch system, the amount of misdirected calls will be cut down and our residents will be provided with better health and safety services.