The Broward County Board of County Commissioners passed the 2010 budget and the non-voted countywide millage rate in Broward County remains at 4.8889. The $3.3 billion budget, which includes the budgets for the Broward Sheriff's Office, the Property Appraiser, the Supervisor of Elections, the Public Defender's Office, the Broward State Attorney and the Clerk of the Courts decreased by $314 million compared to the 2009 budget. This represents an 8.7% decrease from the current year budget.
Property taxes should remain virtually the same for owners of homestead properties who have been long time residents. Owners of homestead property purchased within the last several years will, on average, pay $264 less than this year and owners of residential property without a homestead exemption are expected to pay, on average, $215 less than in the current year.
The County Commission is charged with collecting all property taxes from Broward County residents. If you take a close look at your tax bill, you will see that your property is taxed by a number of other entities, including the municipalities, the Broward County School Board, hospital districts, water districts, etc. These other taxing authorities may have imposed additional taxes on your property and that could impact your tax bill.
I would personally like to thank all of you who called my office and sent postcards, petitions, letters and attended the Public Hearings to “Save our Libraries”. We were able to save our libraries for fiscal 2010, but closing a $109-million dollar gap in the taxpayer funded general fund meant making cuts in services, including closing most Broward County parks two days a week and closing the libraries on Sundays, except the public library at Nova Southeastern University. Modest increases to bus fares went into effect on October 1, 2009. For full details on the 2010 Budget please visit my website at www.broward.org/sue.
***** It is November and a time to celebrate our Veterans, those brave men and women who have served our great country every day, both far away and at home, to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. How appropriate that it is also Thanksgiving! It is a time to count our blessings and remember that whatever our personal situations, there are so many reasons to give thanks. Take a minute each day and thank someone for caring or for just sharing a kind word and a smile. To each of you, I wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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