District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

On September 23rd, Broward County Commissioners gave final approval to the fiscal year 2015 budget. The total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $4.1 billion. The combined millage rate for FY15 is $5.723 per thousand dollars of taxable value and remains the same as in fiscal year 2014. The recommended budget continues Broward County’s long standing tradition of financial stability, multi-year planning and responsible stewardship.

The fiscal year 2015 budget funds a variety of county programs and services such as transportation, parks and recreation, libraries, elderly and veterans services and a variety of human services. Nearly half of the property tax supported General Fund is allocated to the Constitutional Offices, primarily the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections.

Homestead properties with “Save Our Homes” differential and an average taxable value of $127,000 will see an estimated increase in taxes of $17. Other residential properties, primarily non-homesteaded properties, with an average taxable value of $142,000 will experience an estimated increase of $58. Broward County taxes consist of less than one-quarter of the overall tax bill, which also includes city taxes, school district taxes and special taxing districts.

The fiscal year 2015 budget takes effect on October 1, 2014.

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at Bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39.

Barbara

Mosquitoes Can Carry Dangerous Diseases

mosquitoRemember that mosquitoes can breed in even a bottle cap of water. Protect yourself and your family. Drain and Cover to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

DRAIN and COVER:
DRAIN
standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • Discard: old tires, drums, bottles, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that are not being used.
  • Empty and Clean: Birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect: Boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain: The water balance (pool and spa chemistry) of swimming pools and spas. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.

  • Clothing: If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.
  • Repellent: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, and R3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, please visit: www.browardchd.org.


Foreclosures and Housing Assistance

Foreclosure signIf you received a foreclosure or eviction notice from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, you should also receive a resource guide listing the agencies that may be able to help you in the foreclosure process or obtain alternate housing. For information regarding the National Mortgage Settlement you can contact the National Mortgage Settlement Administrator at 1-866-430-8358. For information regarding the Making Home Affordable Program – a mortgage modification program - call 888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001.

Consolidation of E911 Dispatch System is Complete on October 1st –
New Non-Emergency Number Also Takes Effect

Know Your Numbers Effective October 1st, all municipalities in Broward County are part of the E911 Regional Consolidated Dispatch System, except Plantation and Coral Springs, who elected to continue operation of their own systems. The Consolidated Dispatch System is managed by Broward County Commission’s Office of Communications Technology and operated by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Beginning October 1st, all residents, except those living in Plantation and Coral Springs, will call a new 954-764-HELP (4357) number for Non-Emergency Police or Fire Services. Residents should continue to call 911 when they need immediate assistance to save a life, report a fire and/or stop a crime.

Around the District

Walker Chiropractic
As part of my commitment to supporting local businesses, I attended several grand openings in District 8 in the past few months: Walker Chiropractic, Altis at Sheridan Village, and Riviera Point are three that recently opened. I congratulate and welcome these businesses to Broward County.

Small Business Resources

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) supports Broward County businesses and their success by providing a comprehensive roster of client-focused services. Technical assistance is available to local businesses in a range of topics from information on current public procurement opportunities to financing. Firms interested in OESBD technical assistance services, should call 954-357-6400 or visit http://www.broward.org/econdev/Pages/Default.aspx. Free seminars designed to provide the South Florida business community with a working knowledge of Florida’s participation in the States Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The U.S. Department of Treasury allocated more than $97.6 million to implement the SSBCI which supports Florida’s two major programs benefitting small businesses in need of Financing.

Miramar based AvanzeCorp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with resources during start-up and mentoring for their first five years in business. Seats will be on a first come, first served basis, call AvanzeCorp, Inc. at 888-848-7771 or email at info@avanzecorp.com to register.


Helpful Resources

Broward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess/ or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 S.W. 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211, TTY (954) 390-0492 211, or go to http://211-broward.com/.

To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison, Launa Carbonell to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.


OTHER RESOURCES

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:
www.broward.org/CommunityPartnerships/
954-357-8647

Emergency Financial Assistance:
www.broward.org/Family
954-357-6367

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.
www.legalaid.org/broward
954-765-8950