Elected officials from District 8 cities come together to discuss city/county
issues with Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief.
Transit, economic development, police and fire regional dispatch, and waste disposal were just some of the topics discussed at the Inaugural District 8 Forum held in June. The meeting brought together all Mayors and City Commissioners in District 8.
Highlights from the forum included:
Broward County FY 2012 Budget:
Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry told the elected officials that current plans are to keep the County's portion of the millage rate the same for fiscal year 2012. Also, no further reductions in transit were planned and some regional libraries would re-open on Sundays. Broward County is looking at a $9 million budget gap, excluding costs associated with the Broward Sheriff's Budget.
City representatives were told the Broward County/City Managers Association is studying the issue and opportunities that are being looked at that would consolidate dispatch services at a cost savings.
Solid Waste Fee:
Broward County is currently negotiating a service and lease agreement with Wheelabrator for waste disposal services. The goal is to achieve a blended rate as close to $72.50 per ton as possible, a slight increase from the current rate.
County Commissioner Barbara Sharief updated city representatives on plans to add new Express Transit buses with the recent approval of $15.9 million in funds. In addition, new East/West routes are expected.
This was the first District 8 Forum in Broward County. Elected officials from Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale Beach and West Park participated.