Perhaps the most important “mission” that a Commissioner has is to oversee an annual balanced budget that allows for quality public services without placing a burden on the taxpayer. The Broward County Commission is preparing the FY2012 budget and we need to know what services are most important to you. The good news is the vast majority of taxpayers will experience either flat or reduced county taxes. Those subject to the Homestead “recapture” property tax rule, will see an estimated increase of $12 next year. All libraries will be open on Sundays in the coming year, there will be no reduction in public transit services, and money will also be used to support new jobs and economic development initiatives! All of these services have been priorities for District 8 residents.
Public hearings are planned on September 13 and September 27 at 5:01 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. This is your chance to publicly express your ideas on how public dollars should be spent. I encourage you to attend or watch the meetings which are webcast and broadcast on local cable television stations. For more information, please visit www.broward.org.